Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Opens 85th Season With Mahler's Symphony No. 1

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera opens their 85th season on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Tivoli Theatre.

Review for the performance:

The performance will begin with Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.A fun and brilliantly-orchestrated piece, each family of instruments gets a moment in the spotlight and will showcase their unique sound and ranges. This playful piece is sure to be enjoyed by all ages. 

Movie enthusiasts will immediately recognize the evening’s second piece, Tan Dun’s Crouching Tiger Concerto.  This concert work is based on Dun’s Oscar-winning score for the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Performed by guest cellist, Benjamin Karp, this concerto for cello and orchestra was heavily influenced by the movie’s poetic imagery, complex emotions, and exotic landscapes. 

The feature of the night is Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 – THE TITAN. Around 85 musicians will take to the stage in this dramatic and powerful piece. Featuring a finale with eight French horns performing on their feet to create “the greatest possible noise,” this is sure to be an awe-inspiring performance. 

“I am excited to bring Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 – THE TITAN to the stage on opening night," said Kayoko Dan, CSO music director.  "His magnificent and powerful symphony will be quite the performance. We are also performing Britten's work, Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, to showcase every section of our orchestra. I am also thrilled to collaborate with my friend Benjamin Karp on Tan Dun’s beautiful and inspiring Crouching Tiger Concerto. With such a wide range of music, there’s going to be something for everyone.” 

Tickets range from $21 to $85 with discounts for students and educators and can be purchased by calling the CSO Box Office at 267-8583 or visiting the CSO’s website at www.chattanoogasymphony.org.  Following the concert, ticket-holders are invited to Postlude – a reception held in the lobby with a chance to meet the musicians and guest artists featured during that night’s performance. 



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