Mahler Resurrection

May 23-25, 2024


In his Second Symphony, Mahler constructs a universe all his own, exploring themes of death and afterlife using a massive orchestra, offstage brass and percussion, chorus and vocal soloists. Estonian conductor Neeme Järvi — whose music-making is “as dynamic and exhilarating as ever” (Chicago Classical Review) — guides the CSO from the great, tragic opening march, through pastoral dances and gentle songs to a final tableau of trumpet calls, percussive thunderbolts and the hymn of resurrection.

Conductor Neeme Järvi replaces Esa-Pekka Salonen, who has withdrawn from these performances for personal reasons.


Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection)


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These performances are generously sponsored by the Nelson D. Cornelius Endowed Concert Fund, the Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Family Fund for the Canon, the Sargent Family Foundation, Nancy A. Abshire, and Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Eastwood.

The appearance of the Chicago Symphony Chorus has been made possible by a generous gift from The Grainger Foundation.

Leadership support for this program is provided by the Negaunee Foundation with Major support from Helen Zell, and additional support from Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Fund for the Canon, Nelson D. Cornelius Endowed Concert Fund, Sargent Family Foundation, Nancy A. Abshire, Vera Capp in honor of Francis (Joe) Nolan, Thomas H. Conner, Joseph and Bonita DiBello in honor of Andrew Sommer, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Eastwood, Leland E. Hutchenson and Jean E. Perkins, Carol and James Klenk, Daniel R. Murray, Martha C. Nussbaum, Jane Rheem and Neal Marple, Sheli Z. and Burton X. Rosenberg, Alan and Caroline Shoenberger, Judith and Paul Tuszynski, Michael H. and Mary K. Woolever, Gifford Zimmerman.

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"This is one of those pieces that speaks directly to the human condition," says Karen Cargill, who lends her talents as soloist to upcoming performances of Mahler's Symphony No. 2.
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Under the baton of Bernard Haitink, the CSO delivers a moving and noble performance of Mahler’s immense Second Symphony, assembling the forces of the Orchestra’s legendary brass and the transcendent Chicago Symphony Chorus for a remarkable performance. Available at the Symphony Store.

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