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TPO Mahler & Villa Lobos Concert

Date(s) - 24/07/2015 - 25/07/2015

Prince Mahidol Hall

Internationally acclaimed guitarist Paul Cesarczyk joins Maestro Alfonso Scarano and the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO) in concerts which pair the intimate and impressionistic Guitar Concerto by Heitor Villa-Lobos with one of Gustav Mahler’s most popular and engaging symphonic creations, the inspiring Fifth Symphony.

An accomplished guitarist in his own right, Villa-Lobos composed his last work for the instrument at the request of Andres Segovia, the most significant guitarist of the 20th century. The Concerto for guitar and small orchestra is suffused with the delicate colors of French music and vibrant spirit of Brazilian folk song. The role of the solo instrument in this three-movement work is subdued until an extended cadenza shows the Brazilian genius at his full command of exploring the limits of colors and techniques for the classical guitar. The work has lost none of its charm since the premiere performance in 1956 with the Huston Symphony Orchestra with Villa-Lobos himself conducting.

With its distinctive opening trumpet solo and hauntingly beautiful Adagietto Mahler’s Fifth symphony has achieved an iconic status in the concert hall and beyond. Composed during the summers of 1901 and 1902 at a beautiful alpine lake in southern Austria, the work was considered by Mahler as a departure from a previous style. It broke new musical and expressive ground just as the recently turned century began its decent into violent cataclysm and rejuvenation. Herbert von Karajan once observed that when you hear the Fifth, “you forget that time has passed” and that “a great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience where the fantastic finale almost forces you to hold your breath”. In the Fifth, Mahler struggles with the emotional and philosophical meanings of love and death as no composer has done before or since. The work promises to be a key moment for the orchestra as is celebrates its first decade of bringing the highest quality works of music to the music loving community in Thailand.

Friday, July 24, 2015 / 7.00 p.m. (Pre-concert Talk 6.15 p.m.)
Saturday, July 25, 2015 / 4.00 p.m. (Pre-concert Talk 3.15 p.m.)
Prince Mahidol Hall, Mahidol University, Salaya (http://mahidol.ac.th/princemahidolhall)

Conductor: Alfonso Scarano

Soloist: Paul Cesarczyk, Guitar

Thai Traditional Music
Heitor Villa Lobos: Guitar Concerto
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.5

Tickets Price: 500, 300 Baht (100 Baht for students up to bachelor’s degree)
Ticket reservations: 02-849-6565/6 ext. 6603, 6609 or 02-262-3456
or http://www.thaiticketmajor.com/concert/thailand-philharmonic-orchestra-2015-th.html
More information: www.thailandphil.com
Salaya Link shuttle bus schedule (Bangwa-Salaya): http://www.music.mahidol.ac.th/salayalink

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