Philharmonic performs Mahler #6 April 28

Conducted by Gerardo Edelstein, the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra performs Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 6 at 8 p.m. Monday, April 28, in Eisenhower Auditorium on the University Park campus of Penn State. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $4 for students. Tickets can be purchased in advance for School of Music concerts in Eisenhower and Schwab Auditoriums at a 40 percent savings in the price of admission. There is no limit on the number of tickets that can be purchased. Tickets are available at the Eisenhower Ticket Center (814-863-0255 or 1-800-ARTS-TIX) or online. Tickets purchased on the the day of the concert are not eligible.  

Sometimes referred to as the "Tragic," Mahler's sixth symphony was composed between 1903 and 1904. The work's first performance on May 27, 1906 was conducted by the composer. The tragic ending of No. 6 has been seen by musical scholars as unexpected, given that the symphony was composed at what was apparently an exceptionally happy time in Mahler's life. However, famed conductor Bruno Walter stated that the sixth symphony "ends in hopelessness and the dark night of the soul," while Leonard Bernstein described the Finale as the "catastrophe of homo sapiens himself." Gustav Mahler wrote, “My Sixth will propound riddles the solution of which may be attempted only by a generation which has absorbed and truly digested my first five symphonies.” 

This concert also is available through live streaming video at the Penn State School of Music.

The 90-member Philharmonic presents five to six full concerts per academic year. Off campus, the Philharmonic has performed throughout the northeastern United States, including concerts at New York City's Carnegie Hall, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and the MENC Eastern Division Conference in Baltimore. In March 2006, the orchestra participated by invitation in the sixth International Orchestra Festival in Zaragoza, Spain. The Philharmonic’s repertoire from recent years has included works by Brahms, Debussy, Dvorak, Stravinsky, Beethoven, Mahler, Vaughan Williams, Rachmaninoff, and Wagner. Enrollment, open to all University Park students, is by audition at the beginning of each semester.

Last Updated April 29, 2014