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.