The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is set to perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 as its showcase event of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad featuring over 400 performers including eight vocal soloists, the Vancouver Bach Choir, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Vancouver Children’s Choir.
Nicknamed “Symphony of a Thousand” (a moniker Mahler himself hated) by the stage manager of the premiere performance because of the sheer number of musicians needed to stage the event, the performance also marks the 100th anniversary of the piece’s first performance in Munich, Germany on September 12th, 1910.
Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman headlines the vocal solosits who will also include soprano Turid Karlsen, soprano Tracy Dahl, mezzo-soprano Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano Sarah Fryer, tenor John MacMaster, baritone Russell Braun, and bass-baritone Denis Sedov.
Longtime collaborators the Vancouver Bach Choir are featured, along with the Vancouver Children’s Chorus. Rounding out the cast, a special appearance by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
Mahler’s 8th, Symphony of a Thousand
Saturday & Monday, January 30 & February 1 @ 8pm
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Tickets $40 to $95 and are available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca.