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Watch with us: Salonen conducts Mahler Symphony No. 3

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting

Watch Party: Mahler Symphony No. 3

When: ~
Friday 22 May 2020, 7pm

Our YouTube channel

Esa-Pekka Salonen – conductor
Michelle DeYoung – mezzo soprano

What else:
Filmed at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 1 October 2017



Gustav Mahler’s monumental Third Symphony embraces heaven and Earth, nature and love. He deploys a huge orchestra, choirs and a solo singer to draw his listeners into a rich and compelling musical landscape.

It’s a work that means a lot to us at the Philharmonia Orchestra. Back in 1983, it was the first piece we played with an unknown young Finnish conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen. We hit it off straight away, and he’s been our Principal Conductor since 2008.

In October 2017, we returned to this epic piece with Esa-Pekka for Mahler 3: Live from London, a live stream project watched by an audience of 126,000 worldwide. We also recorded it in 360⁰ video and audio to create a virtual reality experience, enabling anyone to find out how it feels to sit right at the heart of an orchestra in full flow.

We would like to invite you to join us for a journey into Mahler’s world, as we stream this performance again on YouTube, on Friday 22 May 2020 at 7pm. We can’t play for you live at the moment, but we will be there: players who took part in the 2017 performance will introduce the music, share their insights, and answer your questions in the comments during and after the stream.

Why not organise a Watch Party with family and friends? Open a bottle of wine, settle into the best seat in your house, and we’ll bring the concert to you.

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Thank you to our Mahler Syndicate members:
Naomi and Christophe Kasolowsky
Caroline Tate
Marina Vaizey
John and Carol Wates
…and others who wish to remain anonymous.

The Philharmonia would like to acknowledge the support of the Gustav Mahler Society UK.