ASO to present Mozart and Mahler on January 18

The Akron Symphony Orchestra will explore the theme of eternal love during Mozart and Mahler on January 18 at 8 p.m.

The evening will open with the Overture to Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, a cheerful and energetic piece of music that has been featured in countless movies, ranging from The King’s Speech to Trading Places.

The concert will also include works from two titans of the Romantic Era with the Prelude to Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, a work that had a profound impact on the development of Western music; and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, with its emotional Adagietto that was written as a love letter to Mahler’s future wife, Alma. Akron Symphony horn player Tom Park will be the feature soloist during the Scherzo in Mahler 5, one of music’s greatest showpieces for the horns. 

A Preview from the Podium, featuring Music Director Christopher Wilkins discussing the evening’s program, will begin at 7 p.m.

Following the concert, join a select group of Orchestra musicians for TalkBack, a guided and wide-ranging conversation that will offer a look at the evening’s performance through the eyes of the musicians. TalkBack will take place in the lobby at E.J. Thomas Hall.

Tickets for the performance start at just $25 and are available online or by calling the Symphony Box Office at 330.535.8131. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the concert as long as seats are available.

The performance will take place at The University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, which is located at 198 Hill Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Finally, the Orchestra will hold Beerthoven’s Fourth on January 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Lock 15 Brewing Company in Akron. This free event provides an opportunity to talk with other music lovers in a fun and casual setting – plus you never know who might stop by!

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