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THE EMERGING BLACK COMPOSERS PROJECT IS UNDERWRITTEN BY MICHÈLE AND LAURENCE CORASH.
Event DescriptionGustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, evokes the divine glory of eternal life attained only through the suffering of the mortal world. Its lyrical slow movement and heart-pounding finale introduce two vocal soloists, here embodied by soprano Golda Schultz and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung. Opening the program, Trevor Weston, inaugural winner of the Emerging Black Composers Project, unveils a new orchestral work, led by Esa-Pekka Salonen in its world premiere.
At A Glance
Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, nicknamed “Resurrection,” began as a large orchestral piece called Todtenfeier (Funeral Rites). Between 1888 and 94, Mahler continued to add movements until it became an enormous symphony. The fourth movement introduces a mezzo-soprano to sing Urlicht (Primal Light), based on Des Knaben Wunderhorn (a collection of German folk poems), and the fifth movement adds a soprano and chorus for a setting of a hymn by Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, elaborated on by Mahler himself. It concludes: “I will die, that I might live! . . . What you have conquered / Will carry you to God!”