FRIDAY, SATURDAY 7, 8
Nov. 7, 8
Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony
Omaha Symphony Masterworks Series
Sari Gruber, soprano
Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano
Omaha Symphonic Chorus
Creighton University Chamber Choir
University of Nebraska at Omaha Concert Choir and Chamber Choir
Judith Clurman, chorus master
Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Holland Performing Arts Center
1200 Douglas St.
7:30 p.m. Tickets $19-$80
A massive amount of musicians assembles to take on the full force of Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony. With the largest orchestra it has ever assembled, our Omaha Symphony surges forward as 100 artists play, two soloists and more than 125 choir members sing. The work, considered one of Mahler’s most popular ever, has often been called “awe-inspiring. ” Justifiably; that was the composer’s desired effect. He wanted to personally confront, reveal, and ultimately celebrate mortality. In a descriptive program for the first performance of 1895, he saw redemption for all souls, a new kind of resurrection, spurred by a poem from Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock beginning with “Rise again, yes, you shall rise again.” In the uninterrupted 80 minutes, an often-terrifying funeral march ultimately leads to a stunning celebratory choral hymn, with words embracing both life and death. There Mahler wrote “Prepare yourself to live!” A clarion call to which you could attend.