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San Francisco Symphony

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Michael Tilson Thomas by Art Streiber
Mahler gave his symphony the title “Tragic,” but eventually withdrew it. Nevertheless, the titanic—and ultimately unsuccessful—struggle with fate is vividly depicted in the music. A harrowing opening march and relentless Scherzo point the way to a heartbreaking finale. Before calamity there is respite: a melodic idyll that soars to ecstatic heights. The finale, with its shocking hammer strokes of fate presaging tragedies in Mahler’s life, is unforgettable. Also on the program, we have the chance to hear a new work by John Adams, an adoptive Californian and one of the preeminent composers of our time.

Part of: Great American Orchestras


San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director and Conductor


JOHN ADAMS New Work (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)

MAHLER Symphony No. 6

Support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by members of Carnegie Hall's Composer Club.

In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.

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