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Mahler's Song of the Earth


Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (map) Downtown
Sat., May 10, 7:30 p.m. and Mon., May 12, 8 p.m. 2014 All Ages

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

If you want to finally check out some live classical music, please stay the fuck away from the Schnitz tonight and Monday. All right, come for the miraculous Haydn symphony that opens up the program, but toddle off after its final movement and carry on with your evening. Stream that new political zombie comedy everyone's talking about. Maybe score a rimjob on Grindr. It's for your own damn good because, after intermission, the stage belongs to music so unusually mind-blowing and so exceptionally heartbreaking that classical greenhorns might not be ready for the shock: A drunken tenor and an otherworldly alto join the band to perform a symphonic song cycle based on Chinese poetry, sung in German, and steeped in existential wanderings so potent, composer Gustav Mahler worried that folks would go home and shoot themselves after hearing his work. I'm willing to take that chance, though—not just because it's been 34 years since the Oregon Symphony's last performance of The Song of the Earth, but because Jessica Sindell on flute and Marty Hébert on oboe promise to be unstoppably brilliant throughout this epic endeavor. Even if the worst-case scenario does come to fruition, the silver lining will be having Mahler's quixotically gorgeous melodies still ringing in my head as I pull the trigger. ANGRY SYMPHONY GUY

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97204

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  • Sat., May 10, 7:30 p.m. and Mon., May 12, 8 p.m. 2014
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