Conductor laureate Marin Alsop will lead the Colorado Symphony in performance of Mahler's great masterpiece, the Symphony No. 9 in D major, for two nights only on Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28 at Boettcher Concert Hall. A testament to the ebbing of a great man's life, the art he cherished, and even the society in which he lived, Mahler's Ninth Symphony is among the most poignant works ever composed. The Ninth Symphony also proved to be an enormous influence on Mahler's younger Viennese colleagues, who followed its lead in creating a new musical style for the new century. It received its premiere in Vienna on June 26, 1912, thirteen months after the composer's death. Known in the symphony orchestra world to "bring out the best in conductors and orchestras," Mahler's Ninth remains a milestone in each concertgoer's lifetime experience.
On Friday, May 27, Colorado Symphony fans across the state will also have the opportunity to listen to a real-time, live broadcast of Mahler's Ninth conducted by Marin Alsop on Colorado Public Radio (CPR). Beginning at 7 p.m., listeners can tune in to their local CPR station or listen online at www.CPR.org. The CPR broadcast starts 30 minutes before the concert begins. During the prelude, CPR hosts will introduce the music to be heard during the live broadcast, and interview musicians and artistic leadership backstage. The final Colorado Symphony – CPR broadcast of the season, it offers thousands of listeners the opportunity to experience a live performance of Mahler's Ninth from virtually any location in Colorado.