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Mozart and Mahler

January 18, 2020 at 8:00 pm

The Akron Symphony Orchestra presents one of Mozart's most well-known works, The Marriage of Figaro Overture, along with two declarations of love from the Romantic era: the Prelude from Wagner's Tristan and Isolde and Mahler's Symphony No. 5.

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Mozart and Mahler


January 18, 2020
8:00 pm
$4.00 – $60.00
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E.J. Thomas Hall
198 Hill Street
Akron, OH 44325 United States
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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. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Christopher Wilkins, conductor

Mozart The Marriage of Figaro Overture
Wagner Tristan and Isolde Prelude
Mahler Symphony No. 5

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Did You Know?

Mozart’s overture to The Marriage of Figaro is perhaps the most well-known piece of music from the opera and is often played independently as a concert piece. In fact, it is the song played by Willy Wonka for the musical lock to the candy room in the 1971 film Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory. (Source: The Utah Review)

Mahler’s symphonies are works of confession that offer insight into one of the most fascinating and complex of modern minds. (Source: The NPR Listener’s Encyclopedia of Classical Music

The prelude to Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde has been described as “one of the most revolutionary pieces of music in all of human history and one noted for its ability to express the deep and painful yearning in all of humanity.” (Source: Opera Wire)

When he first saw a score for the prelude to Tristan and Isolde, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said, “I simply cannot bring myself to remain critically aloof from this music; every nerve in me is a-twitch, and it has been a long time since I had such a lasting sense of ecstasy.” (Source: Gramophone)

The enduring popularity of the Adagietto movement from Mahler’s Symphony No.5 certainly owes much to Luchino Visconti’s 1971 adaptation of Thomas Mann’s novella Death in Venice. (Source: Classic FM)

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