It is life changing.That I assure you.
—Monica Huisman, soprano
"It will terrify you, move you and entertain you" says Winnipeg soprano Monica Huisman. "You can see the forces
of evil almost convincing us that they win, but love and good always
No, Huisman is not talking about the latest blockbuster movie, she's talking about Mahler's Second Symphony.
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra wraps up its season with this monumental work.
"Mahler's Second Symphony is for me like the pinnacle of symphonic music," enthuses Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Gustav Mahler spent six years composing his symphony called Resurrection. It was a difficult period for him as the woman in his life rejected him, his parents both died, then his sister succumbed to a brain tumor.
In this grand work for huge orchestra, chorus and soloists Mahler explores the depth of emotion, taking us on a journey from, in his words, "the gravity and emotion of our deepest being'' along the path towards the heavenly close and "life of eternal bliss."
The symphony, completed in 1894, went on to be his most-performed work in his lifetime.
According to Huisman, the message of the symphony is hope.
"In this time of economic, social, world and human rights upheaval of proportions we haven't seen," she says, "religious or non-religious alike will feel absolutely inspired and comforted to hear such an incredible piece which stirs the soul."
"You will be moved to tears as to how Mahler has accomplished this.This 'resurrection' restores faith that if we all work together for the common decency of mankind, amazing things can be accomplished.
"It is life changing.That I assure you."
In addition to Monica Huisman, the bolstered forces of the WSO will be joined by mezzo-soprano Anita Krause, the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, Yuri Klaz, conductor, and the Flin Flon Community Choir, Crystal Kolt, conductor.
The season-closing concerts take place at Centennial Concert Hall on Friday, May 4 and Saturday May 5.