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BPYO3: Mahler Symphony no. 2 – Concert and Livestream

Benjamin Zander Center
Ben's Blog — April 11, 2023

Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 8:00PM / Symphony Hall


MAHLER: Symphony no. 2


Benjamin Zander, conductor

Maria Brea, soprano

Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano





A live performance of Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony is always more than a concert—it is a communal experience. This overwhelming, heaven-storming symphony takes the listener on a long journey toward an exalted destination. It starts by laying the hero of Mahler’s First Symphony, the Titan, to rest, with a shatteringly dramatic, annihilating funeral march. And then the rest of the symphony builds a new pathway to hope and ultimate affirmation. In the second and third movements, a critical eye scans both the beauty and the absurdity of this world. And in the final two movements, the transition is effected from earthly striving and insufficiency to heavenly fulfillment. There is no work in the repertory, none whatsoever, that so completely unites performers and audience in a transformative musical affirmation.

We are extraordinarily fortunate in our vocal soloists for this performance. Soprano Maria Brea has been praised by Teatro Grattacielo “Maria Brea, who created the role of Countess Olga with her seemingly unfettered vocal abilities, conquers the entire stage with her every appearance. Her cheerful soprano fully reflected the sparkling temper of her heroine.”

Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano has been praised by Opera News for her “impressive tone and dead-on pitch throughout a wide range, and a fierce command of words… She has become a matchless interpreter of contemporary opera.” and the Boston Globe raved “Through much of the opera, what we are observing-and marveling at- is the tour de force performance of mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano.”

This is a live concert that will be live streamed! Be sure to read through our support page for Boston Philharmonic virtual events. Our Live Streams and On Demand events are viewable on computers, smartphones, and tablets. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to view these events on your television at this time.



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