Shepherd School to present final symphony orchestra concert of the season

Rice University’s Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra will offer its final performance of the academic year at 8 p.m. April 19 in Alice Pratt Brown Hall’s Stude Concert Hall.

The evening’s program will feature a performance of the “Resurrection” Symphony, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, conducted by Larry Rachleff, director of orchestras and the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Music.  The orchestra will combine talents with the Rice Chorale, Houston Masterworks Chorus and the Sam Houston State University Chorale on this work.  The vocal ensembles are led by Thomas Jaber, professor of music and director of choral ensembles. Soprano Julia Dawson, a Shepherd school graduate student, and alto Andrea Jaber will be featured soloists during the performance.

Written between 1888 and 1894 and first performed in 1895, the 90-minute piece is among Mahler’s most popular and successful symphonies.

“We have done the Mahler’s Second about three times in the past 20 years, and it is always a colossal finish to the season,” Rachleff said. “With more than 100 musicians on stage and 150 singers in the chorus and two vocal soloists, the symphony is an extraordinary voyage into the human condition, and it is always the deepest pleasure to mount this piece with our immensely gifted students.”

Admission (reserved seating) is $12 for the general public and $10 for students and senior citizens. For tickets, call 713-348-8000.

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