"It’s such a joyful and life-affirming piece, and it’s very close to my heart. Mahler wrote it while he was at the peak of his career as the director of the Vienna Philharmonic and Opera [Payare conducted for the Vienna Philharmonic as well]. The fourth movement is a beautiful love letter to his new wife—but he wrote the symphony after suffering a stroke that almost killed him. It’s as if Mahler is embracing life, despite all the dark and scary moments. It also showcases all the sections of the orchestra in a fantastic and virtuosic way. It’s the perfect piece for me to perform in my first concert as music director."
—Rafael Payare, Conductor
Mason Bates: Alternative Energy
Mahler: Symphony No. 5
Jacobs Music Center, Downtown