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Concert

Mahler Symphony 8
Alain Altinoglu

Presentation

Every square centimetre of the stage in the Henry Le Boeuf Hall will be needed to perform Gustav Mahler’s ‘Symphony of a thousand’ 

In the summer of 1906, Gustav Mahler retreated to his composing hut on the Wörthersee, waiting for inspiration. When his eye fell on the Whitsun hymn Veni Creator Spiritus, he suddenly had a vision, as if an entire composition had been whispered to him from above. Overpowered by a feverish urge, he wrote his monumental Symphony No. 8 in just a few days. An extraordinarily large orchestra, two mixed choruses, a children’s chorus and eight soloists: you can be sure that every square centimetre on the stage at Bozar will be used to perform the Sinfonie der Tausend. But as impressive as the orchestra is how Mahler exploits his abundant means. Using a broad spectrum of colour and expression, the composer paints a symphonic universe that seems to transcend the earthly in its search for other places. ‘Try to imagine the whole universe beginning to ring and resound’, Mahler wrote. ‘There are no longer human voices, but planets and suns revolving.’ 

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Dates & tickets

8.3.2025 — 20:00
9.3.2025 — 17:00

Location

Center for Fine Arts

Prices

Start ticket sale 26.6.2024

Ticket prices from € 15 to € 80
-30 years old: € 10 / € 25
-15 years old: Free (if accompanied by an adult)

Presentation

Introductory talks 45' before the start of the performance

GUSTAV MAHLER
Symphonie Nr. 8 Es-Dur (1906-1907)

Dates & tickets

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Cast
Cast

ConductorALAIN ALTINOGLU Chorus masterEMMANUEL TRENQUE

Magna PeccatrixMICHAELA KAUNE Una PoenitentiumJACQUELYN WAGNER Mater GloriosaILSE EERENS Mulier SamaritanaNORA GUBISCH Maria AegyptiacaMARVIC MONREAL Doctor MarianusNICKY SPENCE Pater EcstaticusWERNER VAN MECHELEN Pater ProfundusGÁBOR BRETZ

La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Belgian National Orchestra
La Monnaie Choral Academy and Children's and youth choruses
Vlaams Radiokoor

ProductionDE MUNT / LA MONNAIECoproductionBELGIAN NATIONAL ORCHESTRA,
BOZAR MUSIC