Mahler's Resurrection Symphony: A musical exploration of Death and Rebirth (and Everything In Between)

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Mahler's Resurrection Symphony: A musical exploration of Death and Rebirth (and Everything In Between) | Jan. 21, 10-3

In this workshop we will explore in depth one of the great masterpieces of the whole symphonic literature. Very aware of the precedent of Beethoven’s Ninth ‘choral’ Symphony, Gustav Mahler decided that his philosophical and spiritual musings into the meaning of life and death and the hereafter also needed the aid of text and a choir and soloists. Using enormous symphonic forces, including 10 horns, 10 trumpets, an off stage band, a gigantic percussion section, a choir of a hundred or so, and two vocal soloists, Mahler weaves together a narrative of wandering and discovery both terrifying and beautiful, and, in the end, optimistic… How does he - or any of us - do it?

Such a work can inspire reflections on our own mortality…On the purposeful course of our lives. Perhaps it should do so! Perhaps Mahler can inspire in us an optimistic outlook on the reality of our own impermanence? 

And how might the 'organizational principles' that keep a work of this magnitude coherent inform our own quests, and helpfully shape the complex navigations of our own lives? I hope - and believe - that a close investigation of such a work of art can help us to rise to a place of optimism and confidence in a world that seems to be very difficult and dark.

The day will run from 10 - 3, and includes a vegetarian lunch. It will be fun and interactive, as well as full of exquisite music. Simply bring an open, receptive and investigative spirit!

The New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra, with choirs from Keene State and Plymouth State Universities, will be giving 3 performances of the ‘Resurrection Symphony’: Sunday, February 18 (at Plymouth State University), Saturday, February 24, and Sunday, February 25 (at the Seifert Auditorium, in Salem, NH). All concerts begin at 2 PM.

Anyone who attends the event (live or online) will receive 2 free tickets of your choice for one of the performances.

Dh. Śravaniya was ordained in 2003, having first encountered meditation and the FWBO (later the Triratna Buddhist Community) in the UK in 1978. His name, inspired by an episode in the biography of Milarepa, means “Delightful to listen to” or “Worthy of being heard.” Sravaniya works as a professional orchestral conductor and violinist, and co-facilitates the Boston Triratna group. Read his bio as Mark Latham for the NH Philharmonic here

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January 21st, 2024 from 10:00 AM to  3:00 PM
14 Heartwood Circle
Newmarket, NH 03857
United States
Phone: 603-659-5456
Event Fee(s)
Event Fee $95.00
Mid-level Reduced $80.00
Base-level Reduced $60.00