The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO), under the direction of conductor Benjamin Zander, concludes its 43rd season with Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 3,” the Jewish composer’s expression of the essence of his relationship to nature.
The orchestra will be accompanied by British-born Canadian mezzo-soprano Susan Platts, Chorus Pro Musica and The Choristers of St. Paul’s Choir School, and will be preceded by an in-person “Guide to the Music” talk by Zander at 6:45 p.m.; the concert will also be available for viewing via live-streaming.
Mahler’s third symphony is also remarkable for its length: at 99 minutes long, it is the longest symphony ever written, identified as such in the “Guinness Book of World Records.”
The concert marks the BPO’s fourth performance of the piece; they performed it last in 2002. The symphony calls for both women’s and children’s choruses, so frequent collaborator Chorus Pro Musica, a New England organization composed of more than 100 highly talented musicians selected by audition, will perform, along with students from St. Paul’s Choir School in Cambridge, one of the few specialist choirs of boys and men outside New York.
Susan Platts brings a uniquely rich and wide-ranging voice to concert and recital repertoire for alto and mezzo-soprano. She is particularly esteemed for her performances of Mahler’s works (see her performance of his “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen No. 2″ here). She is a fellow of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, which gave her the opportunity to work closely with Jessye Norman.+ More... - Less...
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