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Composers Unleashed: Bernstein & Mahler

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April 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
May 1, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center

Andrew Grams, conductor
Laura Wilde, soprano

Bernstein – Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah”
Mahler – Symphony No. 4

This season closes with works by two titans: Bernstein and Mahler! Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 retells the story of Jeremiah the Prophet with musical anguish and ancient Hebrew text. The Mahler ends with the vision of a child’s description of Heaven – leaving you with a feeling of peace and tranquility. The ESO welcomes Lyric Opera of Chicago Ryan Opera Center member Laura Wilde for her debut on the Hemmens stage.

“As we continue this journey, I feel more and more connected to you, the ESO audience. All of us continue to feel this connection to you, to each other as musicians and to the fascinating music that we perform. As we finish the season, we continue the exploration of Gustav Mahler. The great conductor Leonard Bernstein brought Mahler’s music back into fashion in the second half of the 20th century, perhaps because he identified strongly with Mahler. Both men were known principally as GREAT conductors. Both were music directors for the New York Philharmonic and had strong relationships with the Vienna Philharmonic. And, both men wanted to compose some serious music. We close the season by connecting two of the most identifiable figures of 20th century music.”

– Andrew Grams, Music Director

“Musically Speaking” pre-concert discussion will take place one hour prior to each performance.

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