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Sept 20 2024 / Mandle Phil

Mahler 4/Beethoven 5

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Upcoming Concerts

Mahler No. 4 & Beethoven No. 5

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 is one of the best known compositions in classical music and also most frequently performed. It is widely considered to be a cornerstone of western music. Renowned for its iconic four-note motif—often described as “fate knocking at the door”—which opens the first movement, the symphony is a journey from darkness to light, embodying struggle and triumph.

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, composed between 1899 and 1901,  is notable for its lighter, more accessible character compared to his earlier symphonies.  The symphony culminates in a serene and childlike fourth movement, where a soprano soloist sings “Das himmlische Leben” (“The Heavenly Life”), a song that envisions a child’s view of paradise. It reflects Mahler’s fascination with themes of childhood and the afterlife, offering a vision of celestial bliss with a subtly complex orchestral accompaniment.

About Mandle Philharmonic

To play a wrong note is insignificant. To play without passion is inexcusable!
Ludwig Van Beethoven

Mandle Philharmonic, Canada’s newest orchestra, is the initiative of Mandle Cheung, a tech entrepreneur who took up the baton. The self-taught conductor, leading an orchestra of world-class musicians, has created an upstart ensemble that forges a new space in orchestral music, through which he can express his lifelong enthusiasm, passion and support of music.

Past Performances

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Orff | Carmina Burana

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Borodin | Polovtsian Dances (Prince Igor)

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Beethoven | Symphony No. 9

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Williams | Star Wars

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Bizet | Carmen

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Saint Saëns | Bacchanale (Samson and Delilah)