Go on a “wild emotional ride” this Wednesday, September 6, at 8 p.m. as the IU Philharmonic Orchestra, led by dynamic guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, takes over the Musical Arts Center for a free, season-opening performance of one of the most epic pieces in the repertoire—Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 in A Minor (“Tragic”).
Requiring more than 100 skilled musicians, coming in at just under an hour and a half, and widely considered one of the most virtuosic of all orchestral works, Mahler’s Sixth is a piece that even many professional orchestras do not undertake.
“It is also a work that takes the performer and the audience on a wild emotional ride,” said Guerrero, beloved conductor of the Nashville Symphony. “Mahler was a master at pushing everything to the extremes!”
Returning to Jacobs after 2009 and 2010 appearances, Guerrero said, “I find it immensely rewarding to collaborate with the future generations of our art form, and I know the IU Philharmonic is up to this challenge. Unlike professional orchestras, this will be the first time these players will be tackling the Mahler 6, so they won’t have any previous baggage that might influence the rehearsals and performance. We will be able to create new traditions and even make new discoveries about Mahler’s psyche. It is a clear presentation of his complicated personality.
“The Mahler 6 is always an event; it’s a piece that pushes the limits in every direction.”
Fasten your seatbelts.
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