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Utah Symphony: Mahler's "Titan"

Friday May 28 - Saturday May 29

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A transitional season for the Utah Symphony saw the arrival of new music director Thierry Fischer. The season concludes with a symphony the title of which, thanks to the composer, seemed to be in perpetual transition.

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D major is known by the popular title Titan, presumed to be a reference to the popular early 19th-century German novel by Johan “Jean Paul” Richter. But the designation was used only by Mahler himself for performances during the course of a couple of years, before and after which he more commonly referred to the work as a “tone poem” or “symphonic poem.” It clearly draws on popular art from a variety of sources, however, with themes echoing the tune of “Frere Jacques” and German romantic folk-song cycles.

Guest conductor Carlo Rizzi leads the symphony in this wide-ranging and enigmatic work, with the program also including Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17, featuring soloist Jean Louis Steuerman. 

Utah Symphony: Mahler’s “Titan” @ Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, 801- 533-6683, May 28-29, 8 p.m., $20-$55. UtahSymphony.org