Performance Wednesday, May 31, 2017 | 8 PM

The MET Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Mahler said “a symphony should embrace the world,” a statement true of much of his music. In just a few bars, he can take the listener on a ramble through the forest, conjure visions of the last judgment, recreate a wild klezmer dance, or paint a picture of heaven. Mahler's music speaks to every emotion and touches every level of the psyche—it truly embraces the world. His song cycle Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Youth’s Magic Horn) tells tales of joy, recounts the farewell of a young soldier to his lover, conveys the mysteries of childhood, reveals the pleasures and pains of love, and much more.


  • The MET Orchestra
    Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor
  • Susan Graham, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Matthew Polenzani, Tenor


  • Selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
    ·· "Der Schildwache Nachtlied"
    ·· "Verlor'ne Müh"
    "Trost im Unglück"
    ·· '
    "Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht"
    ·· "Das irdische Leben"
    ·· "Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt"
    ·· "Rheinlegendchen"
    ·· "Lied des Verfolgten im Turm"
    ·· "Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen"
    ·· "Lob des hohen Verstandes"
  • Symphony No. 1

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two and one-half hours, including one 20-minute intermission.
This performance is part of The MET Orchestra.