Orchestra to perform composer's lauded work

2013-04-05T00:00:00Z Orchestra to perform composer's lauded workEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra is set to bring an all-encompassing work to audience members next week.

Mahler's "Symphony No. 2, The Resurrection" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 12 at The Auditorium at Bethel Church in Crown Point.

It's a huge piece performed by the entire orchestra, soloists and the chorus," said Kirk Muspratt, conductor and music director for Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. "It's just enormous."

Muspratt said it's his first time conducting Mahler's "Symphony No. 2" and it's quite an undertaking to produce. The orchestra performed the work only one other time, back in 1991, under the direction of a previous conductor.

According to Muspratt, this is the perfect time to deliver this piece to music fans, since the concert is so close to Easter.

"It's such a powerful and spiritual piece," Muspratt said, adding that one doesn't have to be religious to enjoy the work. If one happens to be a person that celebrates Easter and is particularly spiritual, the conductor said there's much to be taken from the potent composition.

"If you're just a person who enjoys amazing music, you'll also love it," he said.

Mahler, who was Jewish, was born in the village of Kalischt, in Bohemia, which is now in the Czech Republic. Although many of his works were considered controversial, "Symphony No. 2" has long been viewed as one of his most popular pieces.

Also starring in the orchestra's concert next week will be soprano Alison Wahl, mezzosoprano Margaret Stoltz and the Symphony Chorus. Muspratt said he looks forward to working with both soloists and the chorus.

Prior to the show, maestro Muspratt will offer his pre-concert conversation at 6:15 p.m. where he delivers background on the show, the composer and also takes questions from the audience.

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