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Masterworks 7- Mahler 2

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March 28, 2025 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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Celebrate nature’s return with a program that explores the triumph of resurrection through Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus, along with two guest vocalists, will join the CSO for an unforgettable concert led by conductor Mikhail Agrest.

Mahler 2 – The Resurrection Symphony

Of his Second Symphony, Gustav Mahler wrote to a friend, “The whole thing sounds as though it came to us from some other world. I think there is no one who can resist it. One is battered to the ground and then raised on angel’s wings to the highest heights.”

Mahler often traversed themes of life and death, darkness and light, doubt and affirmation, joy and agony in his music; this mighty symphony is no different. It was written as a continuation of sorts of his First Symphony, with the funeral march of the hero in the First being heard in the opening movement of the Second. Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony is an unrestrained journey that is indeed made irresistible through the ingenious mind of the composer; it is obvious that he honed every detail with careful consideration. The use of dramatic pause, his eventual but intentional inclusion of solo and choral voices, and the emotional resounding of its finale are but a few examples within.

Music Director of the Stuttgart Ballet, Mikhail Agrest is no stranger to interpreting and commanding the dramatic musical arts. His conducting presence on the international stage includes experience with top ballet, opera, and orchestra groups across the globe. Born in Russia and raised in Charleston, this concert will be a homecoming after nearly 15 years when he last conducted the CSO.


Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”


Mikhail Agrest, conductor
Soloists will be announced soon
Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus


The Gaillard Center
95 Calhoun St
Charleston, 29401 United States
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