Salonen Conducts Mahler Resurrection

May 23 - May 25, 2024
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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. Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen guides listeners on this journey 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.

  • Venue
    Symphony Center
  • Price Range
  • Length
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Preconcert Conversation
    Carl Grapentine

Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection)


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Preconcert Dining

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Preconcert Conversation

Explore the music in a free preconcert conversation featuring Carl Grapentine 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.

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

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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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