Mahler & Brahms

Saturday, March 30, 2024
7:30 PM
Garde Arts Center, New London

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It is often said that life is a journey. A piece of music, too, is a journey, one that holds up a mirror to life. The ECSO’s March 30 program explores this theme in works by Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, and the neoclassical Italian composer Salvatore Di Vittorio, whose 2015 Sea Fanfare, based on a theme by Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi, who bridged the Renaissance and the Baroque eras, will open the concert.

Mezzo-soprano Ivy Walz will perform Gustav Mahler’s orchestral song cycle Songs of a Wayfarer. The text for the four bittersweet lieder about lost love was written by Mahler, inspired by the collection of folk poetry Des Knaben Wunderhorn. More music from that romantic decade of the 1880s: the thrilling tone poem Don Juan—about the legendary Spanish seducer who comes to a bad end—written by Richard Strauss in 1888, when he was 24. Ivy currently serves as Associate Dean of Faculty, Research, Creativity and Outreach at the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts at Texas Tech University, where she is also an Associate Professor of Voice. Previously she served on the voice faculty and as an administrator at the Ithaca College School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

The program concludes with Symphony No. 2 in D Major by Johannes Brahms, sometimes called Brahms’s “pastoral” symphony, composed during the summer of 1877 when the composer was enjoying lakeside life in Pörtschach am Worthersee, a village in Carinthia, Austria’s southernmost state.

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The Program

Salvatore Di Vittorio

Sea Fanfare on a Theme by Monteverdi


Songs of a Wayfarer

(Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen)

(Ivy Walz, mezzo-soprano)

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R. Strauss

Don Juan


Symphony No. 2

Program Book

Pre- Concert Chat with Toshi & Ivy Walz

Enjoy this pre-concert chat with Mezzo-soprano, Ivy Walz! Before she joins us to perform Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer (Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen), Toshi discussed their past work together at another orchestra where he is the Music Director, the Orchestra of Southern Finger Lakes, Ivy’s thoughts on this piece, and much more.

Pre-Concert Chat with Toshi & Composer Salvatore Di Vittorio

Enjoy this pre-concert chat with living composer, Salvatore Di Vittorio! Before we perform his work, “Sea Fanfare on a Theme by Monteverdi”, Toshi discussed Salvatore’s composition style, his restoration and work to complete Respighi’s Violin Concerto, approach to music and this piece, and more.

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