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14
June 2019
Friday
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław
Mahler Sixth Symphony | Closing of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Season
Performers:

Giancarlo Guerrero – conductor
NFM Wrocław Philharmonic 

Programme:

G. Mahler Symphony No. 6 in A minor 

Giancarlo Guerrero / fot. Tony Matula

Giancarlo Guerrero, a native of Costa Rica, is a five-time Grammy award winning Music Director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, a post he has held since 2009 and recently committed to through the 2024-25 season. Guerrero previously held posts as the Principal Guest Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency from 2011 to 2016, Music Director of the Eugene Symphony between 2002 and 2009, and Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1999 to 2004. The Narodowe Forum Muzyki is extremely pleased with the appointment of Giancarlo Guerrero to the position of Artistic Director of the Wroclaw Philharmonic taking effect for the 2018-2019 season! Maestro Guerrero will spend eight weeks per season with the orchestra in addition to touring and recording activities. We look forward to many more successful seasons with Maestro Guerrero!

Gustav Mahler composed his Sixth Symphony in 1903 and 1904. The composer conducted the premiere in Essen, on May 27, 1906. He later revised the score during the summer of 1906 and the early part of 1907. Later that year, Mahler would have to cope with the death of his daughter, the end of his tenure with the Vienna State Opera, and the diagnosis of the fatal heart condition, which led to his death four years later. The symphony ostensibly embodies Mahler’s inner turmoil and superstition and inexplicably foreshadows the personal tragedies that followed its composition. His wife, Alma, later wrote that “the music and what it foretold touched us deeply.”

The piece is known as Mahler’s tragic symphony since he appended the subtitle Tragic to the work at its premiere. He later withdrew this subtitle, but it curiously reappeared on the printed program the final time he conducted it. Thus, lending authority and credibility to its customary use. Conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler felt that it may be “the first nihilist work in the history of music,” and Mahler’s assistant at the Vienna Opera, Bruno Walter, found the piece too dark for him to conduct, knowing that it ended “in hopelessness and the dark night of the soul.” The famous hammer blows near the conclusion of the final movement are among the most shocking and melancholy sounds in the orchestral repertoire. The composer initially defined each as a “short, powerful but dull-sounding stroke of a non-metallic character,” and later added, “like the stroke of an axe.”

 

Alixandra Porembski, English Language Annotator

Tickets:
SEAT TYPE AVAILABILITY KINDS OF TICKETS PRICES
VIP Only a few seats left
  • VIP ticket
60 PLN
zone I Only a few seats left
  • Normal ticket - Zone I
  • Reduced ticket - Zone I
45 PLN
35 PLN
zone II Available
  • Normal ticket - Zone II
  • Reduced ticket - Zone II
  • NFM for Young Musicians
40 PLN
30 PLN
15 PLN
zone III Only a few seats left
  • Normal ticket - Zone III
  • Reduced ticket - Zone III
  • NFM for Young Musicians
35 PLN
25 PLN
15 PLN
VIP Room Only a few seats left
  • VIP Room
50 PLN
Bilet VIP Room gwarantuje wstęp do sali VIP Room w przerwie koncertu i ważny jest tylko z biletem na koncert.

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The National Forum of Music, plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław, co-managed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, City of Wrocław and Lower Silesian Province, registered in Rejestr Instytucji Kultury run by the City of Wrocław as RIK 38/2014.

Patrons:

Wdrożenie e-usług w Filharmonii im. Witolda Lutosławskiego we Wrocławiu - etap 2 współfinansowany jest przez Unię Europejską ze środków Europejskiego Funduszu Rozwoju Regionalnego w ramach Regionalnego Programu Operacyjnego dla województwa dolnośląskiego na lata 2007 - 2013 oś priorytetowa 6. Wykorzystanie i promocja potencjału turystycznego o kulturalnego Dolnego Śląska (Turystyka i Kultura), działanie 6.5. Działania wspierające infrastrukturę turystyczną i kulturową.