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A Mahler Eight Centennial Celebration and Live Broadcast

March 01, 2016

As the Orchestra gears up to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its U.S. premiere of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with four sold-out concerts of the work led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, plans are falling into place for additional events to add to the festivities. And, for those who were unable to get tickets to one of the performances, the Sunday, March 13, concert at 2 PM will be broadcast live on WRTI, 90.1 FM.

On Tuesday, March 8, in conjunction with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP), Yannick is leading a panel discussion on the work and the anniversary, part of HSP’s Memories & Melodies series. He will be joined by Simon Richter, professor of German at the University of Pennsylvania, who will talk about Goethe’s Faust, the conclusion of which makes up the second part of the Symphony, and Jack McCarthy, music historian and HSP project director; Orchestra Vice President of Artistic Planning Jeremy Rothman moderates. The hour-long program will be held at HSP, 1300 Locust St., Philadelphia at 6:30 PM. All Philadelphia Orchestra subscribers are offered a special admission price of $10 (plus fee) to attend. Visit hsp.org/calendar to register.

During the performances there will be a lobby display with historical information about Mahler and the U.S. premiere in 1916, which will be located near the north stairs in Commonwealth Plaza. Please read more about the history of the piece here.

Last fall the Orchestra began a campaign around the anniversary performances of the Eighth Symphony, the nickname of which is “Symphony of a Thousand,” looking to add 1,000 new donors by the first concert on March 10. We are thrilled to announce that the goal has been met. We are grateful to those who stood up to be counted and joined our family of Annual Fund members.

Mike Cone, Orchestra Board member, music-lover, lifelong concert-goer, and former composer has produced a special recording about Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, in which you can enjoy a look at the cultural milieu and musical life in Vienna in 1906, the year of the work’s composition, and the musical background of the piece. You can download or stream the recording here.