Mahler’s Fifth Symphony rivals his ninth as the composer's most daunting masterstroke. By flitting between grim shadow and blinding light — between a fascination with death and the spark of newfound love — Mahler constructed a map of the human condition. Stucky’s Elegy also makes the program. Jaap Van Zweden conducts. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Tickets start at $20. For more information, visit mydso.com.
Few composers are as divisive as Mahler — or, more specifically, Mahler’s music. Painfully complex and often difficult to listen to, much less understand, Mahler’s symphonies are feats of spectacular scope, animated above all by an academic-like seriousness. Adorned in dazzling excess and huge momentum shifts,