Gustav Mahler Cycle • Mahler III
GUSTAV MAHLER • Symphony No. 3 in D minor (1895/96)
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Anna Larsson, Mezzo-soprano
Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor
Wolfgang Götz, Chorus Master
Simón Bolívar National Youth Choir of Venezuela
Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
In 2011 the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, which is the most well-known ensemble and the El Sistema flagship, celebrated enthusiastically around the world, whetted the Salzburg audience’s appetite for more with its rousing performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. At this year’s Salzburg Festival, the Venezuelan symphony orchestra (formerly known as the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra) presents no less than three Mahler symphonies and will also perform Mozart’s Missa in C Minor at the Collegiate Church of St. Peter in two concerts – with considerably reduced numbers.
The orchestra consists of over 200 young musicians who explore a challenging repertoire in master classes and concerts. Soloists from leading orchestras and institutions are regularly invited to join them, including members of the Berlin Philharmonic, Finland’s Sibelius Academy, the International Bach Academy Stuttgart or the New England Conservatory of Boston. For six months of the year, the orchestra works with its Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, with whom it also made its Salzburg Festival debut in 2008.
The orchestra has performed under internationally renowned conductors like Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado, has toured extensively through Europe, Asia and North and South America, and has performed at all the major festivals and the most important music centres, including the BBC Proms, the Salle Pleyel, Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles and at Vienna’s Konzerthaus.