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January 13, 2012 | Posted by LA Phil Staff in Los Angeles
On your marks...get set...and GO!
That's right - after many months of anticipation (and many, many more of preparation), The Mahler Project officially begins tonight as Gustavo Dudamel leads the LA Phil and guest artists Thomas Hampson and Miah Persson in Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer and Symphony No. 1.
Here are a few Festival-friendly, wet-your-whistle type facts you might not know about each of these pieces:
Songs of a Wayfarer:
1) Songs of a Wayfarer (1883-1885) is not only considered Mahler's first "mature" work, but also the first of an entirely new genre of orchestral music - the "orchestral song cycle."