Performance Saturday, October 21, 2017 | 8 PM

Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tragedy and rapture are the essence of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony. The storm-tossed finale’s three titanic hammer blows presaged personal tragedies in Mahler’s life, including his own mortal illness. Superstitious, he removed the third blow. But the symphony overflows with life-affirming joys as well, from peaceful memories of mountain pastures—listen for the cowbells—to the ecstatic portrait of his wife, Alma, that fills the first movement.


  • Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
    Sir Antonio Pappano, Music Director and Conductor
  • Barbara Hannigan, Soprano


  • SALVATORE SCIARRINO La nuova Euridice secondo Rilke (NY Premiere)
  • MAHLER Symphony No. 6
This performance is part of Orchestral Masterworks, and Mahler Symphonies.