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Mahler's "Resurrection"

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Saturday, December 5, 2015 – 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 6, 2015 – 3:00 PM

Concert Description

Ten french horns, eight trumpets, two sets of timpani, organ, full choir, and mesmerizing songwriting...Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony is truly an epic piece to behold, and a fitting sequel to last season's performance of his First Symphony!

Leonard Slatkin also conducts the world premiere of his own composition, Kinah, a musical tribute to his parents, famed Hollywood musicians Eleanor Aller and Felix Slatkin.

ConcerTalk—"The World of Mahler’s Second Symphony” with Gilbert Kaplan: Get the most out of each Classical concert with informal presentations in Orchestra Hall one hour before the performance begins. Enjoy special guests, lectures, or performances that illuminate the program and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the art of making music!

Gilbert Kaplan is a specialist on Mahler’s 2nd Symphony. Note: This lecture begins 90 minutes before the performance. The lecture is 60 minutes, with a 30 minute break before the performance.


Leonard Slatkin, conductor  Bio

Internationally renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin began his tenure as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2008. In addition, Maestro Slatkin is the Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon, a position he has held since 2011. He is highly regarded for his historic leadership of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra from 1979 to 1996 and his tenure as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra from 1996 to 2008. He has also served as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and held Principal Guest Conductor positions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Learn more at leonardslatkin.com

Wayne State University Chorus, chorus   
Melissa Citro, soprano   
Kelley O'Connor, mezzo soprano   Bio

Possessing a voice of uncommon allure, musical sophistication, and intuitive and innate dramatic artistry, the Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor has emerged as one of the most compelling performers of her generation. Ms. O’Connor brings “her smoky sound and riveting stage presence” (The New York Times) to performances as Ursule in Berlioz’s “Béatrice et Bénédict” with Opera Boston, and to her signature role as Federico García Lorca in a Peter Sellars staging of Golijov’s “Ainadamar” at Teatro Real in Madrid. Ms. O’Connor’s performances include Ravel’s “Shéhérazade” with Michael Christie at the Colorado Music Festival, and Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival among others. Additional operatic engagements include her Canadian Opera Company debut in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and as Meg Page in “Falstaff” at the Santa Fe Opera.


LEONARD SLATKIN Kinah (World Premiere)  
MAHLER Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection"  
R. STRAUSS Suite from Der Rosenkavalier