Tuesday, 21 March 2023
Esplanade Concert Hall, 7.30pm

$10, Available here

YST Orchestral Institute
JASON LAI, conductor
KARST DE JONG, collaborative improviser


MAHLER x Students of the Orchestral Institute
Symphony No. 1 in D major, “Titan”
Prelude: Awaking the Titan
I. Langsam schleppend
II. Blumine
III. Kräftig bewegt
IV. Feierlich und gemessen
V. Stürmisch bewegt

As a twenty-something conductor-composer, Gustav Mahler’s mind was brimming with musical ideas that sought to capture the earthly, the divine, and everything in between — an artistic vision he would eventually translate into monumentally grand symphonies. The YST Orchestral Institute in collaboration with YST Visiting Professor, Karst de Jong, presents Awaking the Titan, a reimagined presentation of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, initially subtitled “Titan” by the composer himself, and the first large-scale embodiment of the composer’s artistic vision. In addition to restoring Mahler’s original five-part conception, which includes the lyrically sublime “Blumine (Blooming)” movement, the students of the Orchestral Institute will premiere a collaboratively composed Prelude as a responsive frame for Mahler’s iconic work. Come help us awaken the dawning of a post-pandemic Spring with YST’s Orchestral Institute and Gustav Mahler’s Titan!

I walked across the fields this morning;
dew still hung on every blade of grass.
The merry finch spoke to me:
“Hey! Isn’t it? Good morning! Isn’t it?
You! Isn’t it becoming a fine world?
Chirp! Chirp! Fair and sharp!
How the world delights me!”

Gustav Mahler (trans. Emily Ezust)

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