Presented by Opera Siam, Festa Musicale and the Department of Cultural Promotion, the "Gustav Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand" concert will take place in the main hall of Thailand Cultural Centre on July 24 from 8pm.
Known as "The Symphony of a Thousand", Mahler's Symphony No.8 in E-Flat Major is the largest piece in the standard classical repertoire. It is scored for two large mixed choirs, a large children's choir, and eight solo singers who must be heard above the 150-piece orchestra with an off-stage brass band attached.
The legendary piece is not just large in size, it is colossal in its philosophical meaning, encompassing the creation of the universe and the redemption of the human spirit _ a compendium of all the ideas of the Romantic age in art.
The Thai premiere of Mahler's Eighth will use the resources of four symphony orchestras _ the Siam Philharmonic, Siam Sinfonietta, Siam Community Orchestra and Malaysian National Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Somtow.
They will be joined by guest concertmaster Vilmos Olah from Hungary, hundreds of choristers from a dozen countries, and a world-class cast of soloists that range from Thailand's leading opera singers, Nadlada Thamtanakom and Kittinant Chinsamran, to Covent Garden stars like Phillip Joll.
Tickets cost 300, 600 and 1,000 baht and can be purchased from Thai Ticket Major booths (tel 02-262-3456 or visit www.thaiticketmajor.com).
For special group rates, call 02-231-5273.
July 24, 2013 to July 24, 2013
- Open days
20:00 to 23:00
Input price range
300 - 1,000 Baht/Show or 10 - 33 USD/Show
- More info
Main Hall, Thailand Cultural Centre, 14, Ratchadaphisek Rd., Huai Khwang, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310 Thailand
- Phone number
+66 (0) 2-231-5273 +66 (0) 2-262-3456 (Thai Ticket Major)
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