For this event, UW-Madison’s Choral Union moves to Overture Hall to provide a 300-member chorus for this spring performance with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. This will mark the Choral Union’s first collaboration with MSO in 14 years. Featuring Beverly Taylor and John DeMain, conductors.
See https://www.madisonsymphony.org/18-19mahler for more information and ticket prices.
“Just think: within the last three weeks I have completed the sketch of a completely new symphony, something that makes all my other works seem like preliminary efforts. I have never composed anything like this. In content and style it is altogether different from all my other works, and it is surely my greatest accomplishment. I have probably never worked under such compulsion; it was a vision that struck me like lightning. The whole immediately stood before my eyes; I had only to write it down, as if it had been dictated to me…”
Gustav Mahler made these observations in August of 1906 to Richard Specht (1870-1932)—an Austrian music critic who would later pen a posthumous biography of the composer—and they divulge a great deal about the two-movement work that became the Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major by Gustav Mahler. This is one of the largest-scale choral works in the classical concert repertoire. Because it requires huge instrumental and vocal forces it is frequently called the “Symphony of a Thousand.”
|Friday, May 3, 2019||Overture Hall||7:30 PM|
|Saturday, May 4, 2019||Overture Hall||8:00 PM|
|Sunday, May 5, 2019||Overture Hall||2:30 PM|