FORT WORTH – The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra continues its project of exploring the complete symphonies of Gustav Mahler with the composer’s Symphony No. 4, presented Oct. 7-9 at Bass Performance Hall. Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts the orchestra with guest soprano Ilana Davidson. Also on the program: Sebastián Vergara’s Awakening of the Species.
Mahler rose to fame as one of the most imposing and innovative conductors in the late nineteenth century—an achievement that eventually began to be outweighed by his incredible power as a composer of large-scale symphonies and songs. He left an amazing legacy that combines Romanticism, programmatic inspiration, nature reminiscences, sardonic humor, ecstatic visions and inspired orchestration—all assuring him firm if belated recognition as one of the greatest symphonists of all time.
The Symphony No. 4 is the sunniest and, at well under one hour, one of the shortest of Mahler’s symphonies, at under an hour. For a detailed description of the piece, read our program notes here: http://www.fwsymphony.org/hld/program_notes.asp?p=mahler_sym_4&c=159
Click here for a bio of soprano soloist Ilana Davidson: http://www.fwsymphony.org/hld/bio.asp?bio=404
Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-$79 at 817-665-6000 or www.fwsymphony.org. Students with ID may purchase any available seat for $10. Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available at 817-665-6500, ext. 150, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about the music at Symphonic Insights, hosted by Principal Keyboardist Shields-Collins “Buddy” Bray one hour before each concert in the audience chamber.
These concerts are part of the American Airlines Symphonic Series and are made possible by season sponsors American Airlines, the Star-Telegram and Renaissance Worthington Hotel. Promotional support is provided by the Star-Telegram and WRR Classical 101.1 FM.