Haitink conducts Mahler’s Song of the Earth

Mar 30

8:00 PM

Schubert, Mahler

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Over the last 10 years, Bernard Haitink and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have explored Mahler's legacy, taking Chicago audiences on a symphonic journey through landscapes of rich musical wisdom and piercing detail. Now they turn to one of the best loved of all his pieces, his Song of the Earth, a setting of poems that perfectly embodied Mahler’s bittersweet view of the brevity of human life, and inspired some of the most beautiful and haunting music he ever wrote.

There will be a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, March 30. Buy lecture tickets

Note for the Newcomer: Though Mahler called Das Lied von der Erde his most personal work, he did not live long enough to hear it performed. Most of his compositions were rarely performed during his lifetime, and he did not achieve his status as one of the 19th century's greatest composers until after his death.


Schubert Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished)
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth)

Preconcert Conversation Information

Preconcert conversation with Paul Paccione
30 minute run-time

Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m. Armour Stage
Friday, March 31, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Saturday, April 1, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom

Additional Dates for this Program

Based on German free-verse translations of Chinese poems, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde is a profound meditation on life and death and a culmination of everything the composer had written. “I can’t love it more than I do,” said British mezzo Sarah Connolly, who joins the CSO, under Bernard Haitink, in performances of the work March 30-31 and April 1. “It’s the greatest piece that Mahler wrote. It has so many resonances to the human journey. ... I understand the humanity of the piece, the depth of the Chinese poems, and the sacrifice and handing over one’s control to higher forces sometimes in order to be part of everybody and earth’s energy." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


The appearance of Maestro Bernard Haitink is made possible by the Juli Plant Grainger Fund for Artistic Excellence.

These concerts are sponsored by a generous gift from Cathy and Bill Osborn.

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