Orchestra Concert: Mahler's Symphony No. 6

Sunday, January 20 at 2:00 pm

Raymond Great Hall
3545 Rudkin Way, Stockton, CA 95211

University Symphony Orchestra students and select high school musicians will perform Gustav Mahler's epic Symphony No. 6 "Tragic," with Dr. Nicolas Waldvogel, conductor.

Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911) was an Austro-Bohemian late-Romantic composer, and one of the leading conductors of his generation. Mahler’s A-Minor Sixth Symphony is a mythical piece. Mahler may or may not have subtitled it “Tragic” at some stage of its composition, and it could, possibly, contain music that consecrates and depicts his wife Alma. It may be “the first nihilist work in the history of music”, as conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler described it. Conductor and friend of Mahler’s Bruno Walter found the piece too expressively dark for him to conduct, since it “ends in hopelessness and the dark night of the soul.” Most significantly, it’s a work you are always told is dangerously, prophetically autobiographical, above all in its final fourth movement.

Admission to this event is free.

Event Type

Arts and Culture, Concerts

Sponsoring Department

Conservatory of Music


Students, Faculty, Alumni, General Public, Parents





Conservatory of Music


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