Mozart and Mahler at the height of their powers: Music Director and Conductor George Hanson will lead the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and two stars from the Metropolitan Opera in the MasterWorks Series program, Mozart and Mahler Celebrate Family and Earth. Performance is Friday, January 30 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 7575 N. Paseo del Norte in Tucson. The first half of the program will feature Mozart's SymphonyNo. 35, "Haffner;" Mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford from the Metropolitan Opera and four time Grammy Award winning tenor Anthony Dean Griffey will join the TSO for the second half, GustavMahler's Das Lied von der Erde. Concert Comments, one hour prior to performances, are complimentary with tickets.
A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Tamara Mumford made her debut there as Laura in Luisa Miller, and has since appeared in more than 140 performances with the company. She has appeared in the Met: Live in HD series broadcasts of Anna Bolena, Das Rheingold, Gotterdämmerung, The Magic Flute, Nixon in China, Manon Lescaut, and Il Trittico.
Anthony Dean Griffey is particularly noted for his portrayal of the title role in Peter Grimes which has won him international acclaim. He debuted the role at the Tanglewood Festival under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, and has since performed it all over the world, most recently in a new production at the Metropolitan Opera that was broadcast live in the company's Met: Live in HD series and subsequently released on DVD. A celebrated concert performer, Griffey appears regularly with many distinguished international orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Montreal, Toronto and London Symphony Orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles and Berlin Philharmonics and the Minnesota Orchestra.
Leonard Bernstein called Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), "Mahler's greatest symphony." Mahler was very moved by the transcendent beauty of a collection of ancient Chinese poetry. He chose some of these verses to inspire his "Song of the Earth," Das Lied von der Erde. The six songs in Das Lied von der Erde are organized into four parts similar to symphonic movements. The songs address themes such as living, parting and salvation. The work evolved to present two singers, a tenor and an alto, who take turns singing the songs.
Arnold Schoenberg began to arrange Das Lied von der Erde for chamber orchestra, reducing the orchestral forces to string and wind quintets, and calling for piano, celesta and harmonium to supplement the harmonic texture. Schoenberg never finished this project, and the arrangement was completed by Rainer Riehn in 1980. This will be the TSO premiere of Das Lied von der Erde.
Mozart's Symphony No. 35 is a brief work of fiery intensity. Loved from its debut performance, it celebrates a prominent Salzburg family, the Haffners.
Tickets are $48 to $53. They are available online at www.saaca.org, at the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance Box Office by phone at (520) 797-3959 x1.
Programming, artists and prices are subject to change.
MasterWorks Concert Series - Mozart and Mahler Celebrate Family and Earth
When: Friday, January 30, - 7:30 p.m. concert, 6:30 p.m. pre-concert chat
Where: St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 7575 N. Paseo del Norte
Cost: Starting at $43 per seat, with subscription discounts available
Phone: (520) 797-3959