MUSIC DIRECTOR DESIGNATE
SPOKANE SYMPHONY CHORALE
SARAH SHAFER, SOPRANO
Gustav Mahler said, “A symphony must be like the world. It must embrace everything.” The “Resurrection” Symphony, one of his most popular and successful works, answered the metaphysical challenge of Beethoven’s Ninth. Both symphonies share a turbulent beginning and a triumphant conclusion with a choral centerpiece. While Beethoven saved his idealistic resolution until the final movement, Mahler opens with a motive that recurs at the symphony’s culmination. He goes on to explore life, death and immortal triumph for the human soul on a vast scale, until, in the finale, off-stage instruments explode the musical space, engulfing the listener in dimensions far beyond the concert hall.
Gustav Mahler — Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”
About the Guest Artist
Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer for her “crystalline sound, perfectly true intonation, glowing warmth, and total presence” and named “remarkable, artistically mature … a singer to watch” by Opera News, soprano Sarah Shafer actively appears on the leading operatic and concert stages of the world. MORE
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