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Sunday, September 11 at 9 p.m. – Great Performances "A Concert for New York"

(Rochester, NY) – On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and in remembrance and renewal, WXXI presents Great Performances "A Concert for New York" performed by the New York Philharmonic on Sunday, September 11 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, the special was taped the previous night at a free concert in Avery Fisher Hall at New York’s Lincoln Center. This Great Performances special is just one of a handful of 9/11 programs WXXI will be broadcasting in September. For a complete list of 9/11 specials on WXXI-TV/HD and WXXI radio, visit http://interactive.wxxi.org/remembering911.

The New York Philharmonic Orchestra performs Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection — featuring soprano Dorothea Röschmann, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, and the New York Choral Artists. Composed between 1888 and 1894, Gustav Mahler‘s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, is an all- encompassing work, complete with a triumphant final movement for voices and orchestra in the tradition of Beethoven‘s Symphony No. 9. The idea for the finale of the Resurrection Symphony came to Mahler in a flash of inspiration while he was attending the memorial service of Hans von Bülow, his benefactor and predecessor as conductor of the Hamburg Philharmonic. The composer was just then struggling to find a text suitable to his lofty intentions.

As he described it: “The mood in which I sat there and thought of the departed one was exactly that of the work which, at the time, occupied me constantly; at that moment the chorus near the organ intoned the Klopstock chorale, ‘Aufersteh’n! [Arise!]‘ It struck me like a thunderbolt and everything stood clear and vivid before my soul.”

Mahler‘s setting of the 18th-century German poet Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock‘s ode builds in majesty and intensity, as the Resurrection is depicted in a paean of triumph. The Philharmonic gave the work's U.S. premiere in December 1908, when the composer led the New York Symphony (which merged with the New York Philharmonic in 1928 to form today‘s New York Philharmonic), and has now performed the work a total of 28 times.

Photo Credit: Chris Lee
Photo Caption: Conductorr Alan Gilbert

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