Jaap van Zweden Conducts Beethoven 5
Oct 12 - Oct 15, 2023
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From its commanding four-note opening to its blazing finish, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony remains the unrivaled expression of struggle and triumph in orchestral music. German baritone Christian Gerhaher, “the foremost art song singer of our time” (The New York Times), performs selections from Mahler’s The Youth’s Magic Horn. Inspired by Hindustani classical music, Nina Shekhar’s shimmering Lumina explores the contrast of light and dark.

  • Venue
    Symphony Center
  • Price Range
  • Length
    1 hour 50 minutes
  • Preconcert Conversation
    Max Raimi
Thursday, October 12, 2023
7:30 PM
Friday, October 13, 2023
1:30 PM
Saturday, October 14, 2023
7:30 PM
Sunday, October 15, 2023
3:00 PM



Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn


Symphony No. 5


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Preconcert Dining

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Preconcert Conversation

Explore the music in a free preconcert conversation featuring Max Raimi in Orchestra Hall 75 minutes before the performance. The talk will last approximately 30 minutes. No additional tickets are needed.


These performances are generously sponsored by the Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Family Fund for the Canon.

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