From concerts the week of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we share a memorial to the president by Stravinsky with a text by W.H. Auden, from a performance which closed with a moving and intense performance of Mahler’s final completed symphony. The program includes another rarity, this time by Mahler and intended for his First Symphony: the movement titled Blumine (Bouquet of Flowers) featuring principal trumpeter Chris Martin. Michael Tilson Thomas conducts each work. The trumpeter is again brought to the fore with his brass section-mates in two works from their 2011 recording on CSO Resound, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Live.

Stravinsky Elegy for J.F.K.
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
Mahler Symphony No. 9 in D Major

Originally recorded at concerts on Nov. 21, 22, 23 and 24, 2013

Mahler Blumine

Originally recorded at concerts on Dec. 8, 9 and 10, 2011

Gabrieli Two Canzonae (from CSO Brass Live CD)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass

This program will be available until Feb. 25, 2017

Program notes for Mahler’s Ninth Symphony and Stravinsky’s Elegy for J.F.K. can be read here. Please go to this link for program notes on Mahler’s Blumine, and there is more information on the CSO Brass Live recording at this link.

Performer Biographies

Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass