Readers reflect on performance of Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony
April 5, 2013 11:30AM
Updated: May 8, 2013 6:17AM
Q: Did you plan Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony so that the performance occurred right after Easter?
Charles from Whiting
A: Yes indeed! When we were planning this concert about 18 months ago, we tried to get a performance date as close to Easter as possible. We hope that people will still have the intensity and importance of this day in mind when they decide to join us. It is also wonderful that we get to play this magnificent andspiritual piece in a church - Bethel Church in Crown Point - the host of all of our classical concerts.
Q: What is your favorite moment in the Resurrection Symphony?
Joan from Crown Point
A: Ohhhhh, that is probably a tie. There is an extremely quiet and intimate moment in the 4th movement where the mezzo soprano sings “Dear God will give me light, will illuminate me to eternal light.” Although it is so quiet that it is almost inaudible, it is riveting.
The other is at the end of the 5th movement: the great, overpowering, and hard-to-describe moment where the entire brass section of 20 players, the organ, the 6 percussionists, and the whole orchestra is wrenching out this colossal amount of sound while the chorus is singing “what thou has fought for, shall lead thee to God!” reminiscent of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.
Q: Will this be the biggest ensemble that you have ever conducted? Jorge from Valparaiso
A: Yes, I think that it is. The musical forces are enormous. We will have about 200 players and singers on the performance. There are players on the stage, off the stage in the hall and behind the stage. In a great acoustic hall like Bethel Auditorium, we should really create some goose bumps on several different levels. I hope that the hall does not sink into the ground with the tremendous number of musicians up there! This will be something that you will rarely get to witness and something that you will NOT forget!
Q: Thanks for calling me and answering my Just Ask Kirk question on the phone.
A: You are most welcome, Serena. It was a pleasure to speak to both you and your father. You are such a polite and well spoken young lady. One of my favorite, favorite parts of any concert is to see parents there with their children. It is such a quality evening to share together. I think that is the kind of event that creates lasting impressions on young people and also bonds them, in a completely different way with their parents and grandparents.
A shout out to families like the Dixons and the Blaesings who are always involving their children in beautiful concerts. I am sorry that I did not have a chance to answer your thank yous today.
The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra presents Mahler 2, Friday, April 12 at 7:30 pm at the Auditorium at Bethel Church in Crown Point, 2 miles south of US 30 on Broadway. The concert will feature over 200 musicians and singers performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 — The Resurrection. Tickets are $25 - $65 and students are always just $10. For tickets or more information, please contact the Box Office at 836-0525 Ext. 200 or visit www.nisorchestra.org.