ABOUT THIS CONCERT
There is no other symphony like it. No music can match its drama, power and sheer impact. Dive into an awe-inspiring new season as Andrés leads Mahler’s epic saga of life, death and transcendence, a monumental journey that starts in the depths of despair, then channels the combined power of more than 250 musicians for an electrifying finale that shakes the rafters and soars to the heavens above.
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Pre-Concert Activities: Chamber Music Performance
For this program (September 13, 15 & 16), Kelley O’Connor joins Carlos Andrés Botero before each concert for a performance of Des Knaben Wunderhorn, a set of songs based on German folk poems. Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Of the Boy’s Miracle Horn), is a set of songs based on German folk poems that Mahler turned into a song cycle for voice and piano and later expanded into a version for voice and full orchestra. He used some of these songs in Symphony No. 2 and No. 3. Carlos will speak about this connection between Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Symphony No. 2.
Three lieder from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn
“Verlor’ne Müh” (“Labour Lost”)
“Wer hat dies Leidlein erdacht?” (“Who Thought up this Song?”)
“Rheinlegendchen” (“Little Rhine Legend”)
Chamber Music Arrival Instructions
The first 100 people to arrive will be given the opportunity to sit onstage for the prelude performance. Those interested should line up outside the Jones Hall main entrance on the Louisiana Patio near the first door on the right before doors open, 1 hour before the concert begins. The chamber music begins 45 minutes prior to the concert and replaces the regularly scheduled Prelude discussion. An extension of the concert experience, these intimate presentations will set the scene for the main program.
Houston Symphony Endowment
General and Mrs. Maurine Hirsch Memorial Concert Fund