Mahler 8

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra wishes to advise the cancellation of Mahler 8: Symphony of a Thousand, in light of the current COVID-19 crisis and subsequent government directives and travel bans.

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This is a stadium event like no other.

One thousand musicians on stage.

Fifteen choirs from all around the world. Eight soloists. 150 orchestral musicians. One conductor.

It’s been 110 years since Gustav Mahler premiered his explosive Eighth Symphony, one of the largest-scale choral works in the history of music and a defining human statement of the 20th century.

This October, experience Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand in an event that will soar audiences closer to the heavens through a spectacular fusion of song and symphony.

From the famous full blast of the opening movement to the climatic finale, MSO Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis brings full force to Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, delivering a cosmic swirl of orchestral power to the Margaret Court Arena stage.

This breathtaking event - rarely performed on this gigantic scale with 1000 musicians on stage - will be enhanced by extreme symphonic sound, providing a larger-than-life experience for music lovers.

The almighty Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will double in size with additional musicians from around the world, sharing the stage with a cast of international and local soloists: sopranos Mathilda Edge, Erin Wall, Siobhan Stagg, mezzo-sopranos Lauren Decker and Caitlin Hulcop, tenor Nicky Spence, baritone Michael Honeyman and bass Shenyang.

Widely considered the greatest work the composer ever created, Mahler wrote the piece in a single inspired burst as though struck by a flash of lightning, declaring it the purest of symphonies.

Try to imagine the whole universe beginning to ring and resound. These are no longer human voices, but planets and suns revolving. - Gustav Mahler.

The 110-year-old symphony is an uplifting testament to love and the power of our shared humanity. A work of imaginative genius, it expresses our human longing to reach the divine and in this special event, 1000 musicians will bring the work to life.

Performances of Mahler’s 8th Symphony tend to be rarities simply because of the huge forces required. This will only be the third time I have conducted the work. It will of course be the final chapter of the journey that the MSO and I have made through all of Mahler’s symphonies during my time as Chief Conductor. It is a huge cosmic vision and I am counting down the days until I can share this truly transformative experience with Australia. - Sir Andrew Davis

Mahler Symphony No.8 Symphony of a Thousand

Sir Andrew Davis conductor
Mathilda Edge soprano
Erin Wall soprano
Siobhan Stagg soprano
Christianne Stotijn alto
Lauren Decker alto
Joshua Hopkins baritone
Shenyang bass

Warren Trevelyan-Jones chorus master
Lyn Williams AM children's chorus master

Choruses and children's choirs from around Australia including:
MSO Chorus
Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
WASO Chorus
Gondwana Choirs
Sydney Children's Choir
National Boys Choir of Australia

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