Friday, May 5, 2017 8:00PM
Copley Symphony Hall

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A Jacobs Masterworks Concert

Jahja Ling, conductor
Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano

Women of the San Diego Master Chorale
St. Paul’s Cathedral Choristers

MAHLER: Symphony No. 3 in D minor

With his Third Symphony, Gustav Mahler attempted the impossible: capturing the full beauty, terror and sublimity of nature in a 100 minute, six movement work. The result is one of the glorious and absorbing wonders of classical music, and simply must be experienced live. Programmed only once before by the San Diego Symphony, this Third Symphony performance will serve as a powerful affirmation of Jahja Ling's legacy as the maestro returns to lead the Orchestra he has spent 13 years building, guiding and inspiring to world-class musicianship.

Join us for Nuvi Mehta's highly informative "What's The Score?" pre-concert talk, beginning 45 minutes before downbeat. This presentation is free with your ticket, and takes place inside the concert hall.

"Nowhere was the music more profound than in the finale. Responding to Mahler's instructions that the movement be peaceful and deeply felt, Ling laid down his baton and conducted the opening as if it were prayerful chamber music for strings, rich in spiritual overtones...When the last movement swelled to heroic proportions, punctuated by thundering timpani, it capped an epic achievement." - San Diego Union-Tribune review of 2007 SDSO performance of Mahler's Third

"Jahja Ling knew exactly what to do to get [the Indianapolis Symphony] to play like angels, and they did (gorgeous tone all around). And as far as the interpretation goes, this was the best Mahler Third I have ever heard - on records or in the concert hall. As Mahler wished, the first movement moved right along - summer rushing in. And the last movement was spacious - slower than most. The final climaxes were of the kind that reduces me to uncontrollable sobbing - never has it made more of an effect. How does Ling do it? Everything was perfectly judged: nothing was overdone, there were no exaggerations, but still everything made the maximum effect. This is some kind of genius. Either that, or heart - or both. He had certainly penetrated to the heart of this sprawling 100 minute work, and he communicated it to the musicians, who played every phrase as if they meant it and put forth the music whole-heartedly to the audience. It was deeply moving and the kind of conducting that leaves one speechless. (I was, for quite some time afterward.) - American Record Guide review of a 2001 Indianapolis Symphony performance of Mahler's Third

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