Saturday Masterworks concert at Telluride’s Palm Theatre

Saturday Masterworks concert at Telluride’s Palm Theatre

[click “Play” to hear Dr. David Lingle on the concert]

104 At 6 p.m., Saturday, November 14,  the Michael D. Palm Theatre welcomes guests to a beer, wine and champagne reception (cash bar). At 7 p.m., the Telluride Choral Society and artistic director, Dr. David Lingle, join colleagues from The San Juan Symphony and the Durango Choral Society for a second joint MasterWorks Concert. In keeping with the San Juan Symphony’s 2009 season theme, “Once Upon A Time”, this musical collaboration offers the audience a journey through the myths and fairy tales select composers drew upon to create well-known and well-loved works. Specifics on this MasterWorks program are Brahms’ “Nänie,” Op. 32,” and Mahler’s “Forest Legend.”

Based on a poem by Friedrich Schiller, “Nänie,” Op. 82, was composed in memory of Brahms’s friend and 19th century German classicist painter Anselm Feuerbach. But “Nänie,” comes with a warning label: Enter at your own risk.  Due to the difficulty of the chorale composition, “Nänie,”is one of Brahms’s most rarely performed pieces, tackled only by extremely experienced choirs.

About a half a century ago, Mahler was a pet project of only a handful of of conductors and a small coterie of fanatical fans. Today, however, it is tough to swing a pashmina in most concerts halls, without hitting one of Mahler’s symphonies. Part of his appeal are the surging psychological dramas behind his music. In a work like “Forest Legend,” a listener would have to duck for the meaning not to hit him between the eyes. Living in Vienna at the time of Sigmund Freud, young Gustav Mahler chose a nightmarish tale and adorned it with the wildly dramatic music that would become his trademark. “Forest Legend” taps into forest as metaphor for the subconscious mind, a dark and fearful place of mystery that holds the possibility of ephiphany for those brave enough to explore its depths.

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