April 23, 2013

Contact: Sara R. Leonard

Manager of Concert Programming, Production and Publicity


AMHERST, MASS. – The Amherst College Department of Music presents the Amherst Symphony Orchestra’s last installment of its yearlong survey “Famous Fifth Symphonies.” The performance takes place Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at AmherstCollege. Tickets are required and may be purchased at the door; seating is by general admission. Preceding the concert is a lecture on the evening’s program. The pre-concert lecture takes place at 7 p.m. in Room 3 in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.

The concert features Symphony #5 in C# minor by Gustav Mahler. Mahler calls on massive orchestral forces to investigate his existential obsession with thetwin polarities of life and death, opening with funeral marches but closingwith boisterous affirmations of joy.  The symphony also contains "Adagietto," a musical love letter written to Mahler’s future wife Alma and made famous by its use in the classic Visconti motion picture Death in Venice.  The symphony is the sole work on the program and will last approximately seventy minutes. Swanson conducts. 

The pre-concert lecture will be given by Swanson and Assistant Director Ioanida Costache '12, who wrote her senior honors thesis in music on Mahler.

Tickets are $10 for the general public;  $5 for senior citizens, studentswith ID and children 12 and under; and free for Five College students with ID. Tickets may be purchased at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of the concert; no advance reservations will be taken.

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