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The Milan Symphony Orchestra celebrates its thirtieth anniversary with the Mahler Festival
Ten major Italian orchestras together for the first time for an unprecedented initiative that offers the complete orchestral symphonies and songs of the Bohemian composer
The Milan Symphony Orchestra celebrates its thirtieth anniversary (as well as the Choir's 25th) and does so in style with the Mahler Festival: three weeks dedicated to the repertoire of the great Bohemian composer with the complete Symphonies and Lieder for orchestra, from 22 October to 13 November 2023  toAuditorium of Milan.

"Vladimir Delman, founder of our team - he has declared Amber Redaelli, President of the Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Choir Foundation of Milan –  he said that only after thirty years of activity can an orchestra be called such. It is with this load of responsibility, but also with the joy of having achieved such an important goal, that we officially enter into the celebrations for the thirtieth year since the foundation of our orchestra".

14 appointments scheduled for Festivals Mahler, a unique event which for the first time brings together the great Italian symphony orchestras, offering the performance of the composer's entire repertoire.

In the journey of the Milan Symphony Orchestra, the works of Gustav Mahler have had great importance, an author who is probably the most loved by the audience of the group. After all, as he recalled Ruben Jais, General and Artistic Director of the Symphony of “Over the years, the proximity to the Mahlerian repertoire has become such that the Milanese municipal administration decided to name the space in front of the entrance to the Auditorium 'Largo Gustav Mahler', inaugurated in the presence of the granddaughter of the Bohemian composer. "

Ten symphonic institutions contribute to the creation of the programme: the La Scala Philharmonic directed by Riccardo Chailly, L'Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia driven by Manfred Honeck, the Spira mirabilis, L'Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali directed by James Feddeck, L'Orchestra of Tuscany together withItalian Youth Orchestra directed by Markus Stenz, L'Rai National Symphony Orchestra with Robert Treviño on the podium, theOrchestra of the Arena di Verona Foundation under the direction of Marco Angius, L'Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento under the wand from Ottavio Dantone and the Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic directed by Omer Meir Wellber.

The program

The event is anticipated by some very interesting events grouped under the title Waiting for the Mahler Festival:

Tuesday October 5th (7pm) at Antaeus Palazzo del Cinema will be projected movie Perdition (1974, visionary film by Ken Russell dedicated to Gustav Mahler, introduced by a dialogue between the film critic Paolo Mereghetti is Quirino Prince, music critic and one of the greatest Mahlerian experts.

Sunday October 22 in the small Gerolamo Theatre one will be held in Piazza Beccaria chamber matinee with Luca Santaniello (violin), Miho Yamagishi (viola), Mario Shirai Grigolato (cello) e Gile Bae (piano). A Mahlerian rarity is on the program: the Quartet for piano and strings in A minor, performed together with the Quartet in C minor by Richard Strauss.

Always the October 22, at 4pm atAuditorium of Milan it will be time for a Concert “Restricted”  – the new series of one-hour appointments – which will propose i Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen  (Songs of a wayfarer) in the interpretation of the baritone Johannes Held under the wand of Kolya Blacher.

Monday 23 is Tuesday 24 (8pm) we move on to Mahler's Universe, the screening of 10 short films (5 per evening) dedicated to the composer's symphonies, at the Austrian Cultural Forum in Liberty Square.

The Mahler Festival

The actual Festival will start the following day with a cycle of great concerts, each of which will highlight a particular aspect of the musician Gustav Mahler, composer, conductor, orchestrator, transcriber.

The Mahler Festival therefore comes to life the October 25, With the'Milan Symphony Orchestra that together with Symphonic Choir directed by Massimo Fiocchi Malaspina will propose the Symphony no. 2 in C minor, 'Resurrection', under the baton of the Resident Director  Andrey Boreyko. The piece is particularly significant for the Symphony, since it is the one that the team performed in October 1999 when inaugurating its new home, the Milan Auditorium, directed on that occasion by Riccardo Chailly.

And it will be right Riccardo Chailly to get on the podium Thursday October 26, driving the La Scala Philharmonic,  to face the Symphony no. 1 in D major 'Titan' and the Symphonic Prelude. A concert that marks Chailly's return to the stage of the Milan Auditorium, sealing the friendship and bond between the two city institutions.

Friday October 27 L'Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia will perform in Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Child's Magic Horn), lieder cycle composed between 1892 and 1896 when Mahler was director of the Hamburg Theatre. He directs Manfred Honeck, while the announced Matthias Goerne for health reasons he will be replaced by the baritone Christoph Pohl. To complete the program, the Symphony no. 3 in E flat major op.55 Eroica of Beethoven.

Saturday October 28 it will be the moment of Spira mirabilis, engaged in the execution of the Symphony no. 3 in E flat major op. 97 'Rhena' of Schumann, in the'Mahler orchestration.

Sunday October 29, L'Milan Symphony Orchestra, together with Symphonic Choir and al Children's Choir of Milan will perform the Symphony no. 3 in D minor, for contralto (Anke Vondung), female choir, children's choir and orchestra.

Tuesday October 31st L'Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali, directed by James Feddeck, brings to the stage the Mahler wise orchestrator of the Symphonies of Schumann: the Symphony no. 1 in B flat major op. 38 'Spring' and the Symphony no. 2 in C major op. 61.

The ORT, L'Orchestra of Tuscany, and the OGI, L'Italian Youth Orchestra, will arrive in the Auditorium on Friday November 3 for the execution of Kindertoten lieder (soloist Sophie Harmsen), and of Symphony no. 4 in G major, under the direction of Markus Stenz.

Saturday November 4th it will be the moment ofRAI National Symphony Orchestra of Turin: under the wand of Robert Treviño, its chief guest conductor, will perform the Symphony no. 5 in C sharp minor.

Sunday November 5th it will be up toOrchestra of the Arena di Verona Foundation directed by Marco Angius, with the 'Tragic', the Symphony no. 6 in A minor by the Bohemian composer.

Tuesday November 7 L'Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento driven by Ottavio Dantone will be engaged in  Symphony no. 7 in E minor.

Wednesday November 8 A great event deserves special mention: the Symphony no. 8 in E flat major, the gigantic 'Symphony of the One thousand' will be executed in Milan Cathedral by a large group of musicians: theSymphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Choir educated by Massimo Fiocchi Malaspina, the Children's Choir of Milan directed by Maria Teresa Tramontin, The As.Li.Co. Choir, i Pueri Cantores of the Musical Chapel of the Cathedral of Milan, and the soloists  Flurina Stucki, Eleanor Lyons and Elizabeth Breuer, sopranos, Bettina Ranch is Annely Peebo, mezzo-sopranos, Tuomas Katajala, tenor, Jochen Kuper, baritone, Samuel Youn, Bass. The project is carried out in collaboration with the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano.

Saturday 11 November continue with Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic of Parma directed by Omer Meir Wellber: scheduled the Adagio from Symphony no. 10 in F sharp major and Rückert-Lieder for voice and orchestra with baritone with Christoph Pohl, in addition to  Symphony no. 4 in D minor op. 120 of Robert Schumann in orchestration revised by Mahler.

Sunday November 12 space for orchestrations of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach performed by the Bohemian composer, together withMilan Youth Symphony Orchestra directed by Ruben Jais.

Monday November 13 the Mahler Festival will close with a Celebratory concert for the thirtieth birthday ofMilan Symphony Orchestra, who on this special occasion will perform the Symphony no. 9 in D major under the baton of the Director Emeritus Claus Peter Flor.

Emblematic date: the November 13, 1993, in fact, Maestro Vladimir Delman raised his baton to conduct the newly formed Grand Symphony Orchestra of Milan

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