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Chat with Charles: Mahler


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Chat with Charles

Mahler’s 9th Symphony

Despite the challenges that 2020 brought to all of us, the Plainfield Symphony continues to connect virtually with our valued audience until it is once again safe to return to in-person performances. Please join us online for the second installment of our “Chat with Charles” series of virtual lectures and archival performances featuring the monumental 9th Symphony by Gustav Mahler and his last completed work before his death in 1911.

As Plainfield Symphony audiences know, maestro Charles Prince is a keen interpreter and champion of the music of Gustav Mahler similar to his mentor and teacher, Leonard Bernstein. From his home in Vienna, Maestro Prince will offer personal insights and present a musical analysis of the work with key thematic excerpts played by musicians of the Plainfield Symphony. At the end of the lecture, the symphony will be performed in its entirety from a professionally recorded 2018 archival performance of the 9th Symphony by the PSO conducted by Maestro Prince. The viewer will have the option at the end of each movement discussion to go either to the archival performance for the movement or to the next lecture. You are guaranteed a passionate and intensely personal discussion and performance of this masterful work.

As Leonard Bernstein said in his “Four Ways to Say Farewell,” his “personal introduction” to Gustav Mahler’s 9th Symphony, “All Mahler symphonies look back nostalgically to the innocent past and having failed to find it, look forward (fearfully or hopefully) to some sense of resolution.” In the 9th, each movement is a farewell: the 1st is a farewell to tenderness, passion - human love; the 2nd and 3rd are farewells to life – first to country life, then to urban society; the finale is a farewell to life itself.”

The Mahler Chat with Charles is now available for viewing on the Plainfield Symphony YouTube Channel. Learn about and enjoy this most life revealing masterpiece.

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