SF Symphony & Tilson Thomas' Amazing Mahler Concert
Never question that the combination of the San Francisco Symphony musicians, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the works of Gustav Mahler will deliver the orchestral goods to an audience, for a memorable evening.
We were among the enthralled listeners on April 9th at Davies Hall for the performance of Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde" and our ears and emotions were treated to an amazing night of classical music.
From the subtle and quieter moments, inducing contemplation, to the grand and robust sounds of the more exuberant passages stirring our souls, we reveled in Mahler's majestic song cycle.
Tenor Simon O'Neill and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke delivered superb and colorful singing perfectly matched with the musicians grand playing that left us charged with joy.
Pulling it all together - Mahler, the singing and musical styling - as only he can with modesty and eloquence, was Thomas from the podium. The maestro was in fine form and only wished to have had a chance to see his face as he conducted.
Needless to say, the audience could barely contain its appreciation for the many artists on the stage as the concert concluded and we stood to offer a wild ovation.
We'll remember the rapturous sounds and standout playing, singing and conducting of that night for a long time.
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