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Osmo Vanska
Osmo Vänskä, conductor | © Nate Ryan
Mahler Recording Project

Vänskä Conducts Mahler’s Third

Thu Nov 10 — Sat Nov 12, 2022

Orchestra Hall

~1 hr and 30 min (no intermission)

It all began in 2016, when then-Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra embarked on a major mission: to perform and record all ten of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies. Their first recording, Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, burst onto the scene with a Grammy nomination. Since then, along with the masterful work of the BIS Records team, they have recorded all but one of the epic symphonies. Experience the culmination of this multi-year project when Vänskä returns to the stage to conduct Mahler’s Third, the longest and most striking of all.

A Few Things to Know

  1. Deeply inspired by the natural world on Earth and the heavens beyond, Mahler’s Third Symphony encompasses everything from the sounds of birds and flowers to angels and great light.
  2. This performance is part of the Mahler Recording Project, our initiative to record all ten Mahler symphonies under the direction of Osmo Vänskä, who takes the title of conductor laureate in August 2022 after 19 years as music director. With a week of recording sessions following these concerts, the Orchestra will have completed the ten-part project.
  3. In addition to her accomplished singing career, mezzo Jennifer Johnston participated in Harvard University's Women in Leadership program in 2021 and is a podcast creator, a contributing writer for The Guardian and London Book Review, and an arts commentator for BBC radio, among others.
  4. The Minnesota Boychoir celebrates 60 years of music-making in 2022; the choir has traveled to 5 continents and sung in more than 30 languages and dialects during that time.

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Date & Time





    Symphony No. 3

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    Mahler declared that a symphony should contain the whole world, and his Third Symphony—comprising six movements and more than 90 minutes of music—is the one in which he came closest to realizing that ideal. This is a work not only of huge dimensions but also one of immense expressive range: how quickly it moves, at the very beginning, from exuberance to a funeral cortége. The worlds the symphony embraces include the sweetest of pastoral landscapes, a darkly contemplative poem by Nietzsche, an innocent jubilation of children and, for a glorious conclusion, a musical love letter to Beethoven, the great Adagio composer.


Minnesota Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä


Minnesota Chorale

Women of the Minnesota Chorale

Minnesota Boychoir

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