Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 cover art. Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 cover art. Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 cover art.

Mahler’s Symphony No. 1

Dec 01, 2023, 2:00 PM
Dec 02, 2023, 8:00 PM
Dec 03, 2023, 2:00 PM

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Performance Details

Rafael Payare Conductor
Javier Perianes Piano

López Bellido Ephemerae, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (U.S. premiere—Philadelphia Orchestra co-commission)
Mahler Symphony No. 1

Program Notes

Mahler once wrote: “A symphony must be like the world. It must embrace everything,” and his First Symphony meets that ideal. Inspired by a 900-page novel chronicling the transformation of a passionate youth into a noble prince, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 is an epic musical journey, overflowing with images of nature, bursting with every emotion, and ending in triumph.

This classic is a mighty finale to a program that includes the U.S. premiere of a piano concerto by Peruvian composer Jimmy López Bellido, described by the Chicago Sun-Times as “one of the most interesting young composers anywhere today.” Performing the premiere is Spanish pianist Javier Perianes, “a player of great elegance and understated flamboyance … with exquisite grace and a wonderful lightness of touch” (The Guardian).

Verizon Hall


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