Complex and Monstrous

Even apart from its contents, Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 is poignant. Completed just two years before the composer’s death, The Ninth serves as a complex, monstrous and terribly profound farewell to this man of genius. The sound of death, dying? The sound of anger? Melancholy? It’s all these things—a portrait of the frustrations of life, in all its manic highs and pathological lows. A goliath, oft disorienting but always enchanting, Mahler 9 is positioned to be one the grandest moments of the DSO 2014-15 season. Sadly, Mahler never heard his Ninth Symphony performed; Luckily, you have three chances. See it at the Meyerson (2301 Flora St.) at 7:30 p.m. Friday or Saturday or at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Jaap van Zweden conducts an evening that also includes Bach/Stokowski’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor. More information at
Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 21, 2:30 p.m. Starts: Sept. 20. Continues through Sept. 20, 2014
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Jonathan Patrick