Mahler 9



Sir Andrew Davis conductor


Mahler Symphony No.9

About the performance

‘A symphony must be like a world – it must contain everything.’ Gustav Mahler.

It can be conducted as a love-song to life, or as a hymn to death, or both. Whatever path Sir Andrew Davis takes, it will leave you changed, with more questions than answers.

Sir Andrew Davis and the MSO continue the Mahler Cycle with the Ninth, Mahler’s last complete and most ambiguous symphony. Reflective of the volatility of Europe at the end of the composer’s life, this showstopper is as much about our fragmenting world today.

Known for taking audiences beyond the world, the first movement starts gently and becomes much more impassioned and strenuous. The third movement is riotously energetic, which makes the finale all the more remarkable for the sustained vision of some land of promise that we are all looking for.

The perfect performance for

Those who love hearing a story told through music, and of course, lovers of Mahler.

Why it’s a must-see

‘It’s a transcendental piece and I’m thrilled that we are performing this right after Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius. The two works take us beyond the world and it is quite extraordinary to play these two pieces next to each other in a season.’ Sir Andrew Davis, Chief Conductor.

Did you know that Mahler 9 was actually Mahler’s 10th symphony?

Find out why!

Pre-concert talk

Friday, 16 & Saturday, 17 March
Join MSO Director of Artistic Planning, Ronald Vermeulen for a pre-concert talk inside Hamer Hall from 6.15pm

Post-concert talk

Monday, 19 March
Join MSO Director of Artistic Planning, Ronald Vermeulen for a post-concert conversation inside the Stalls Foyer of Hamer Hall from 8.30pm.

Running time

1 hour and 30 minutes

* Student ticket holders for Monday evening must hold valid Student ID upon ticket collection.

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