Conductor Peter Oundjian takes you on a tour of inspiring and joyous selections of music by Mahler and Sibelius. Maestro Oundjian will share the story behind Mahler's Symphony No. 4, accompanied by personal insights and musical examples played by the Orchestra, including the entire finale of the symphony. You’ll be drawn into a world of wonder, especially when Laquita Mitchell’s lustrous soprano voice opens a view of heaven through the eyes of a child. Then Maestro Oundjian and GRAMMY-winning violinist James Ehnes will focus on virtuosity, revealing the challenges and tricks in performing the Sibelius VIolin Concerto. The concert ends with a performance of the fiery and finger-bending final movement. In 60 to 75 minutes, this special program welcomes those new to classical music into the orchestra concert experience, while longtime symphony-goers will relish the exploration into what makes these masterworks truly great.
Mahler: A View Of Heaven
January 5, 7, 8 | Van Wezel & Neel PAC
Internationally acclaimed conductor Peter Oundjian leads Sarasota Orchestra through Sibelius’ Violin Concerto featuring James Ehnes—“a violinist in a class of his own” (The Times). Laquita Mitchell wields her lustrous voice in the concluding song of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony.
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