UMS Staff Picks: Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 selected by Joanne Navarre, Manager of Annual Giving
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SN: Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (Symphony of a Thousand) is rarely performed due to the tremendous complement of musicians required of this work – what can audience members expect to see and hear when they attend this performance?
JN: They can expect to see and hear, first of all, excellent musicians. The “thousands” on the stage will include the Detroit Symphony, UMS Choral Union, U-M Chamber Choir, U-M University Choir, U-M Orpheus Singers, MSU Children’s Choir and the incomparable Leonard Slatkin leading the charge. The sheer mass of humanity will be impressive to see, and their music will be absolutely unforgettable.
SN: Have you ever seen another of Mahler’s Symphonies performed live? What about the performance(s) was the most memorable for you?
JN: Last season, I was fortunate to be in the audience when the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas presented Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection), with the choral portion of the fourth movement being performed by the UMS Choral Union. Gustav Mahler believed that, “The symphony must be like the world. It must embrace everything.” In the Resurrection Symphony, he did exactly that; he embraced everything.
SN: What are you most looking forward to about experiencing Mahler 8 live?
JN: I am looking forward to experiencing the power and genius of Mahler’s music in the hands of Leonard Slatkin. This piece is Mahler’s magnum opus; in his words, “the greatest thing I have done.” For Mahler enthusiasts, this is the pinnacle.
SN: What other events are on your “must see” list for the 10/11 season?
JN: After Mahler 8, there are three things on my “must see” list: Susurrus (September 9-October 3, Matthaei Botanical Gardens); The Cripple of Inishmaan (Druid and Atlantic Theater Company), and Richard III and The Comedy of Errors (Propeller). I love theater.
JN: I am a sports fan. I like football and baseball, but I enjoy hockey most of all.
JN: Renée Fleming’s Handel arias, the Hilliard Ensemble’s Morimur, and Les Arts Florissants’ Charpentier album.