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The Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at Symphony Hall, March 10th!

MARCH 10TH IS FAST APPROACHING

Posted: 2013-02-26 17:04:00

 MARCH 10TH IS FAST APPROACHING………

IS MAHLER’S SECOND SYMPHONY THE MOST THRILLING AND UPLIFTING PIECE OF MUSIC EVER WRITTEN?

IS THE BOSTON PHILHARMONIC YOUTH ORCHESTRA THE MOST PASSIONATE YOUTH ORCHESTRA IN AMERICA?

IS GEORGE LI THE MOST EXCITING PIANIST SINCE LANG LANG?

You can contemplate these questions on March 10th, by attending the second concert of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s inaugural season:

SYMPHONY HALL, BOSTON, SUNDAY MARCH 10TH AT 3 P.M.

From the very first performance, people’s responses to the Resurrection Symphony of Gustav Mahler were extreme.

Of the reaction of the audience at the first performance Mahler’s sister Justine wrote: “Such enthusiasm is seen only once in a lifetime! Afterward, I saw grown men weeping and youths falling on each others’ necks…it was indescribable.”

Arnold Schoenberg, the most progressive young composer of the day and a passionate Mahler disciple, was deeply shaken by it. He wrote: “I remember distinctly that the first time I heard Mahler’s 2nd, I was seized with an excitement which expressed itself in the violent throbbing of my heart…a work of art can produce no greater effect than when it transmits to the listener the emotions which raged in the creator in such a way that they also rage and storm in him. And I was overwhelmed, completely overwhelmed.”

The great composer Alban Berg wrote a letter to his wife to be, Helene, admitting that he had been unfaithful to her. “It happened in the finale of the Mahler 2nd, when I gradually felt a sensation of complete solitude as if in all the world there was nothing left but this music, and me listening to it. But when it came to its uplifting and overwhelming climax, and then was over, I felt a sudden pang, and a voice within me said: What of Helene? It was only then, that I realized I had been unfaithful, and I implore your forgiveness.”

Nowadays it is more often than not, Mahler’s 2nd that orchestras choose to perform at major anniversaries and festivals. And Mahler himself chose the Second for his debut in Paris and again in New York and for his farewell to Vienna, after ten years as conductor of the Vienna Opera. It is as if Mahler knew that of all his works, this symphony is the one that proclaims most universally “This is who I am.”

When Mahler abandoned the composing hut in which he wrote the Second, he turned round for one last look, and burst into tears. “Never again will I attain such depths and heights, as Ulysses only once in his lifetime returned from the underworld. One can create only once or twice in a lifetime a work on such a great subject.”

Although he was the creator of it, he himself was stunned by the work as he conducted its world premiere in Berlin on December 13, 1895:

“The whole thing sounds as though it came to us from some other world. And I think there is no one who can resist it. One is battered to the ground and then raised on angel’s wings to the highest heights.”

Many people claim that hearing the Resurrection Symphony of Gustav Mahler for the first time was one of the most awe-inspiring experiences of their lives. Hearing it performed by an orchestra of 117 young people aged 12 to 21 – musicians who are passionately committed to every note of a piece they adore with every fiber of their beings, in one of the finest concert halls in the world, is an experience not to be missed.

At 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon March 10th in Boston’s Symphony Hall, this overwhelming masterpiece will be performed by the newly formed Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Before intermission George Li, the hottest new star in the piano firmament, will play Schumann’s piano concerto. (go on YouTube to hear this extraordinary musical prodigy play).

The Toronto Star raved in a review of a recent concert

We were privileged to witness a teenager who has everything he needs to join the ranks of the world’s great pianists.

For the Mahler, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will be joined by 140 singers from the combined choirs of Harvard University, trained by the brilliant and indefatigable Ed Jones and two star soloists: Barbara Quintiliani, who has been called ‘The Verdi singer the world has been waiting for” and the Metropolitan Opera’s Mezzo soprano Robynne Redmon, who will sing the ineffable and profound song “Urlicht” that marks the turning point in Mahler’s journey from death to Resurrection.

I have had many great musical experiences during my life-time, I expect this one to rank with the best of them. Bring your friends, including the young people you love, and let’s raise our hearts and spirits with some of the greatest music known to man.

Tickets are priced at $30 and $15.

Call 617 236 0999 or visit: www.bostonphil.org

Warmest greetings

Ben Zander

P.S. Please send this on to the cherished people in your life

   

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