`Symphony of a Thousand'

D.c. Highlights

Classical Music

September 09, 2005|By Tim Smith

OPPORTUNITIES don't come often to hear Gustav Mahler's gargantuan, heaven-shaking Symphony No. 8. It's not nicknamed "Symphony of a Thousand" for nothing - it requires an oversized orchestra and hundreds of singers.

The work, which opens with an ancient Latin invocation of the Holy Spirit and closes with the final scene of Goethe's Faust, offers a universe in sound as it celebrates what Mahler called "the love that moves the worlds."

To close its 75th anniversary season, the National Symphony Orchestra will perform Mahler's Eighth on June 8 to 10 at the Kennedy Center. Music director Leonard Slatkin, an incisive Mahler interpreter marking his 10th NSO season, will be on the podium to lead masses of musicians, including five of D.C.'s best choral groups and a slate of soloists headed by sopranos Jane Eaglen and Christine Brewer.

For tickets, call 800-444-1324.

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