CCM’s Concert Orchestra presents Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in G Major, along with selections from his Des knaben Wunderhorn, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 2.
After a program break for dinner, the CCM Philharmonia will be joined by choirs from throughout the region at 8 p.m. for Mahler’s massive Symphony No. 3 in D Minor.
“The Third Symphony is just sonically overwhelming,” explains Mark Gibson, director of CCM’s Department of Orchestral Studies. “The sheer size of the orchestra, the size of the symphony, its great tunes, its great structure, and its great spectacle. There’s a chorus onstage, a chorus in the balcony, soloists, bells, offstage trumpet – it has a visual appeal for audiences.”
“For the listener,” Gelfand writes, “there is also the spectacle of 220 performers onstage in Symphony No. 3.” She continues, “The rare event will also be a marathon for the conductor [Gibson], who will be leading more than three hours of music in the back-to-back concerts.”