Masterworks: Mahler and Mozart

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Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 4 PM

Kresge Auditorium at MIT

Featuring Cambridge Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 6 in A minor

Symphony No. 35 in D major (Haffner)

Gustav Mahler

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Our season opens by pairing Mahler’s most Classical symphony, the Sixth, with Mozart’s energetic Symphony No. 35. Mozart’s so-called Haffner Symphony, originating as a “serenade” of party music for the Haffner family, is gracious and celebratory.

 

It provides welcome contrast to Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, a dramatically powerful, emotionally catastrophic, and utterly merciless depiction of heroism and oppression.  Famed for its unquestionably tragic finale, the symphony has been heard both as a prophecy of the desolation of the First World War and as an attempt to wrestle with the inevitability of the composer’s own human and artistic mortality.

 

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The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra thanks the Massachusetts Cultural Council for supporting our 2017-18 season.

 

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Photo credit: Andy Weigl Photography.