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J. S. BACH: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106, “Actus tragicus”
MAHLER: Symphony No. 2 in C minor, “Resurrection”
The season culminates with one of the most transcendent and transformative works ever written. It was also the work that opened the Benedict Music Tent on the occasion of its premiere twenty summers ago.
Mahler’s Second Symphony, “Resurrection,” is an all-encompassing portrayal of life, death, and the afterlife. It was the first work to bring him fame, and his personal favorite. The enormously dramatic first movement questions life’s meaning, and the finale answers in the form of a massive choral affirmation. In between are depictions of blissful memories, the tangled web of life with all its confusion and distortions, and a celestial statement of innocent faith sung by solo soprano. Big musical effects, profound ideas, and a splendid conclusion full of fervent optimism form one of music’s most uplifting experiences.
Opening the program is an early sacred cantata by Bach that will showcase the extraordinary vocal technique of the ensemble Seraphic Fire.
Celebrate the season’s close with this intensely soul-stirring concert featuring a world-class chorus and soloists!