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Events for April 2015
  • Kenneth Freed, moderator
  • Mark Wigglesworth, conductor
  • Sidney Wade, poet, translator and educator
  • Pablo Medina, poet, novelist and professor

Join Mark Wigglesworth and Kenneth Freed for two pre-concert discussions as part of Minnesota Orchestra's Spirit and Spring events.

After a year filled with personal tragedy, Mahler was captivated by a collection of Chinese poetry that had been translated into German, and he set it to music. The result was Das Lied von der Erde, or Song of the Earth, the centerpiece of our main stage concert—a lyrical, dramatic synthesis of song and symphony that juxtaposes the sadness of mortality with the ecstasy of life. Our distinguished panel will discuss inherent tensions of translating poetry and setting texts, and, on a broad scale, the poetic impulse in words and music. In addition to considering Mahler’s work in the context of these questions, the panel, particularly Pablo Medina, will apply them to Peter Lieberson’s Neruda Songs, which are featured in the April 11 NightCap performance following the full-orchestra concert.

Seating in the Target Atrium is limited and will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis. This 30-minute Community Conversation is free; however, a concert ticket is required for entry.

Song of the Earth

Song of the Earth: Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde

Following the community conversation, join us at 8pm for a performance of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, a deeply spiritual song cycle reflecting on youth, beauty and Mother Earth. Tickets and information »

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Symphony No. 45, Farewell

Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth)

Haydn suggests the unthinkable—the departure of the entire orchestra—in his Farewell Symphony, which ends when the musicians, one-by-one, stop playing, extinguish their lights and walk off the stage. The always-zestful Mark Wigglesworth conducts this grand exit, which fortunately for us all, is only temporary. Also magnificent is Mahler’s deeply spiritual song cycle Das Lied von der Erde, reflecting on youth, beauty and Mother Earth.

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Join us for a late night post-concert chamber performance of Lieberson's Neruda Songs featuring Victoria Vargas, mezzo-soprano.

The sounds of Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda's magical poetry, set to evocative music for solo mezzo by the American composer Peter Lieberson, link musically and emotionally to the Orchestra’s performance earlier in the evening of Mahler’s Song of the Earth, a painting of Chinese poetry for mezzo and baritone.

Mahler's expressions of earthly beauty, life, transience and salvation segue harmoniously to Neruda's poetry, which outlines the transformation of human love to the love that lives forever. Lieberson, who composed this cycle for his own beloved wife, noted: "Neruda reminds one that love has not ended. In truth there is no real death to love, nor even a birth: 'It is like a long river, only changing lands, and changing lips.' "

Seating is limited for this 1 hour event. Ticket price includes a complimentary beverage. 

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