Michael Francis conducts Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, a personal journey mirroring scenes from Mahler’s life. His “greatest hit” is the tender Adagietto of the fourth movement. For strings and harp alone, it’s a love song to his future wife, Alma, and some of the most beautiful music ever written. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart specialist Anne-Marie McDermott performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, one of his most popular – including with the composer himself. He kept it in a personal stash of “compositions that I keep for myself or for a small circle of music lovers and connoisseurs.”
PRE-CONCERT CONVERSATIONS: Get the real story behind the composers and their music, straight from the conductor and guest soloists. Starts one hour before each Masterworks concert in the theater. Included free with each concert ticket. Sponsored by Smith & Associates Real Estate.