The title "The Mahler Cycle" sounds like some low-budget 1970s science-fiction flick where a computer learns to program itself and creates a super-plague that only astronauts from the future can cure, starring James Brolin and Donald Pleasance. Well, it ain't, folks. In fact it is a series of performances by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra celebrating the work of one of the most underappreciated composer/conductors of the late 19th and early 20th century. Mahler's influence has almost eclipsed his actual work over the last century, yet his music must be heard, preferably performed by a talented orchestra for the listener to truly absorb its power. We now have a rare chance when the FWSO presents "The Mahler Cycle" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall, Fourth and Calhoun Streets in Fort Worth. Tickets are $15 to $76. Visit fwsymphony.org for info.
Aug. 21-24, 2008