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Photo of Gustavo Dudamel and Martin Chalifour courtesy of the LA Times
Well, here we are.
We've entered a sort of "endgame" for The Mahler Project here in LA. The Project will roll on for two more weeks in Venezuela after the final, haunting notes of Mahler 9 fade into the warm afternoon air on FEB 5 - but after next Sunday, the grand effort we know as The Mahler Project is over in the United States.
That is, until FEB 18, when people around the country will be able to walk, drive, bike or skip to their local movie theaters, order a large popcorn and sit back to enjoy the "Symphony of a Thousand" live from Caracas, Venezuela as party of LA Phil LIVE.
That said, there's still plenty of Mahler to be had this week. Here's what's happening, Mahler-wise:
Gustavo Dudamel leads the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela in its last solo concert of The Mahler Project here in LA - the mystical, magical Mahler 7 - on Tuesday.
On Thursday, the LA Phil plays the first of three performances of Mahler 9, a piece the orchestra knows well after taking it to the grand concert halls of Europe on its 2011 European Tour, including the Musikverein in Vienna, where Mahler himself conducted - and no doubt would have led the premiere for his Ninth Symphony had he lived to see its first performance.
And, of course, there's Saturday, FEB 4. On this day, Gustavo, the LA Phil, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and an assembled cast of hundreds of soloists, chorus members and other musicians perform Mahler 8 - the "Symphony of a Thousand - at the Shrine Auditorium here in LA.
There will literally be over a thousand musicians on the Shrine's stage for this awe-inspiring event. Needless to say, we're excited.
And, after a final performance of Mahler 9 on Sunday, that's it for The Mahler Project here in LA.