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  • Carnegie Hall Presents
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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Michael Tilson Thomas by Chris Wahlberg
Mahler’s final complete symphony is the brilliant culmination of his career. The grand scale, intense emotion, earthy dance, and startling power—the hallmarks of his symphonies—are also present, pointing to an ethereal finale that ascends to the otherworldly. Michael Tilson Thomas and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra—both renowned Mahler interpreters—offer a vision into the eternal.

Part of: Perspectives: Michael Tilson Thomas and International Festival of Orchestras I

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is also performing March 2March 3, and March 5.

Michael Tilson Thomas is also performing October 3October 4, March 5May 1, and May 2.


Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor


MAHLER Symphony No. 9

Pre-Concert Talk

Pre-concert talk at 7 PM with Marilyn McCoy, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music, Columbia University and Barnard College.
Michael Tilson Thomas: 2018–2019 Perspectives Artist
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This performance is sponsored by Mizuho Americas.

Major support for this concert is provided by the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation.

The Vienna Philharmonic Residency at Carnegie Hall is made possible by a leadership gift from the Mercedes T. Bass Charitable Corporation.

Rolex is the Exclusive Partner of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

At a Glance

Mahler’s Ninth Symphony is commonly regarded as his farewell to the world, even though he went out of his way to ensure it was not his final work in the form. It is full of unearthly tremors and sighs, but also hymn-like serenity and a great deal of mischief. It has an emotional complexity and richness that are striking even for Mahler. The work may be a commentary on death, as are many of Mahler’s compositions, but it is also an affirmation of life. The Ninth features the usual huge Mahler orchestra, but many sections have a chamber-like intimacy. The opening movement alternates an understated, sighing melody with an explosive, fateful fanfare. The two middle movements are wistful, sardonic, wildly colorful, and full of Viennese vernacular music. The symphony concludes with one of the composer’s most sublime slow movements, which gradually attenuates into a breathtaking fade-out.

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