Fri-Sat MAY 5-6
Thu-Sat MAY 11-13
Thu-Fri MAY 18-19
Sat-Sun MAY 20-21
Listen to an extended podcast regarding Schubert Symphonies & Mahler Songs, featuring KUSC DJ Brian Lauritzen:
Dudamel Leads an Extraordinary Cycle
In a number of highly acclaimed symphonic cycles, Gustavo Dudamel has displayed his passion for some of the most important composers in his musical life. This season, he offers us something a little different, a cycle that you’ve never witnessed before: the symphonies of Franz Schubert together with orchestral songs by Gustav Mahler. This inspired juxtaposition – symphonies by an incomparable songsmith, songs by a consummate symphonist – looks deeply into the outpouring of two great Viennese masters, one from the outset of the Romantic era, the other at the very end. Each composer found ways to express the ineffable bittersweetness between pathos and elation with unmatched depth and perspective. Hearing this glorious music in parallel will make you wonder why such a pairing hasn’t happened before.
CalState Northridge Graduate Sings Mahler – Michelle DeYoung's recording of Mahler's Kindertotenlieder with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony (which included Mahler's Symphony No. 3) was awarded the 2003 Grammy® Award for Best Classical Album. The CSUN graduate will grace Walt Disney Concert Hall with her "lustrous voice" (The New York Times) on May 5 and 6 for a performance of Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer.
Powerful Influences, Powerful Music – Schubert's Symphony No. 3 was inspired by two of history's greatest composers: Haydn and Beethoven. The piece begins with a slow introduction inspired by Haydn’s “Representation of Chaos” from The Creation, immediately followed by a main theme derived from Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 18, No. 4. Hear Schubert's Symphonies No. 3 and No. 4 starting Saturday, May 11, at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
A Musically Rich Family – Her father was a choral conductor and her mother was a singer who taught at the Latvian Academy of Music, so it's no wonder mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča's distinctively dark, sultry voice boasts a unique power and warmth to which her regal bearing and alluring looks provide the perfect counterpoise. Her performances of Mahler's Rückert-Lieder May 18 and 19 are not to be missed.The Independent says, “Garanča’s voice is one-in-a-million, allying grace and power to a commanding authority.”
Homage to a Master – With his Ninth Symphony – which very well may have been his way to pay tribute to Beethoven (he had been, after all, a pallbearer for the great man) – Schubert created what may be considered his greatest work. From the noble horn theme of the first movement, through the lyrical second with its plaintive oboe and the Scherzo, which recalls Beethoven’s Ninth, to the urgent momentum of the high spirited finale, the vast work is considered a timeless work of genius, beloved for generations. Was Schubert's Symphony No. 9 truly a tribute to Beethoven? Hear it May 20 and 21 at Walt Disney Concert Hall and decide for yourself!