The President's Concert Presents Mahler Symphony May 3

April 24, 1997

The President's Concert - always one of the most popular musical highlights of the performance schedule at Baylor University - will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in Jones Concert Hall.

This year's President's Concert will consist of a single work: Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, known as the "Resurrection" Symphony. It will be performed by the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, the A Cappella Choir and the Concert Choir, along with vocal soloists Jennifer Jacobs (alto) and Laurie Domingue (soprano).

The conductor will be Steven Heyde, Baylor's Mary Franks Thompson Professor of Orchestral Studies and Conductor-in-Residence.

This work, the second of Mahler's nine symphonies, was written between the years 1887 and 1894. Its first three movements were premiered in Berlin on March 4, 1895. The complete symphony, with two additional vocal movements, was first performed nine months later, on December 13.

Mahler's Second Symphony derives its nickname from the fact that the choral finale utilizes as its text the "Resurrection Ode" of German poet Friedrich Klopstock. It reads, in part, "What has come into being must perish. What has perished must rise again. Cease trembling! Prepare thyself to live!"

General admission tickets to the President's Concert are $5. For ticket information, call the Baylor School of Music at 755-3991.

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