Philadelphia Orchestra Launches 5-Season Mahler Cycle
The Philadelphia Orchestra has launched the first phase of its ambitious five-season Mahler cycle. The orchestra, which possesses bragging rights for having given the American premiere of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8 under the baton of the late, great Leopold Stokowski, kicked off its tribute February 18 with a four-week festival that found music director Christoph Eschenbach leading a variety of concerts and special events that included a performance of Mahler's epic Symphony No. 3, a "Mahler's World" symposium, and the screening of filmmaker Jason Starr's 2003 documentary What the Universe Tells Me: Unraveling the Mysteries of Mahler's Third Symphony. The cycle continues April 29–May 4 with performances of Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in a program that includes Shostakovich's Second Violin Concerto with guest soloist Gidon Kremer.