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Lexington Symphony performs Mahler's Symphony No. 5

Posted by Laura Franzini  October 23, 2012 04:57 PM

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Lexington Symphony brings Mahler 5 to Cary Hall, 1605 Mass. Ave., Lexington, on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. A conductor's talk with Maestro Jonathan McPhee will precede the concert at 7 p.m.

According to a press release from the symphony, this is a rare opportunity to hear Mahler in the suburbs of Boston, "let alone his marvelous Fifth Symphony, but this is precisely the kind of project that Lexington Symphony loves to embrace."

The symphony's Adagietto movement for harp and strings, which began as a love letter to Mahler's soon-to-be wife Alma, was played at the funeral of Senator Robert Kennedy at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York in 1968, as well as in the 1971 film "Death in Venice" by Luchino Visconti. The press release says that, when heard in the context of the entire symphony, the movement "takes on a unique emotional cast, part of a deeply searching musical journey."

McPhee has led the 18-year-old Lexington Symphony for eight seasons, and is the music director for Symphony NH and the Boston Ballet.

Organized by Lexington resident Christina Gamota, the performance is sponsored by Lexington Symphony's Concert Fund Partners.

Tickets are available online at www.lexingtonsymphony.org, by phone at 781-523-9009, or in person at Crafty Yankee (cash or check only). Tickets range from $30 to $50, with a $20 price for students. Cary Hall is wheel-chair accessible.

Laura Franzini can be reached at laura.franzini@globe.com.

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