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Orchestra to perform Mahler during March 22 concert

The Orchestra at Temple Square will perform Gustav Mahler's monumental 3rd Symphony for its spring concert on Saturday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Tabernacle on Temple Square.

The Orchestra will be joined by mezzo-soprano soloist Martha Hart, the women of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the International Children's Choir. Barlow Bradford, music director of the Orchestra at Temple Square, will conduct.

Mahler (1860-1911) wrote this symphony in the summer months of 1895 and 1896 while residing in Austria's majestic mountain and valley country near Salzburg. Writing to a friend about the 3rd Symphony, he said, "My symphony will be something that the world has never heard before!"

He was right. He conducted the 3rd Symphony's triumphant premiere in 1902. This "monster" symphony, as Mahler described it, is scored for a much larger orchestra than usual and takes one hour and forty minutes to perform. The first movement alone lasts longer than Beethoven's entire Fifth Symphony.

"Because of the length, depth and difficulty of the 3rd Symphony, it is not performed frequently. However, knowing how well loved Mahler's works are and given the fine complement of musicians we have in the Orchestra at Temple Square, it is a work that we simply had to perform," said Brother Bradford.

Doors of the Tabernacle open at 6:30 p.m. and will last approximately 100 minutes. Seating is limited to persons 8 years and older.

Free tickets are required for the concert and will be available to the public starting February 11 at the Conference Center ticket office (inside door 4) from 10:00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. weekdays and on the internet www.lds.org/events.

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