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On This Week’s Houston Symphony Broadcast

Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts Mahler’s Fifth Symphony & a new work by John Corigliano.

Photo of American composer John Corigliano
American composer John Corigliano

Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor has been described as a five-movement journey from darkness to light. Indeed, Mahler marked the first movement "funeral march"; the third is a scherzo incorporating Austrian dance melodies; and the final movement is marked "fresh."

Perhaps the best-known movement of the symphony, however, is the fourth, the famous Adagietto, written for strings and harp, which apparently was inspired by the composer's love for his new wife Alma.

On this week's Houston Symphony broadcast, music director Andrés Orozco-Estrada leads the orchestra in Mahler's majestic Symphony No. 5, recorded in Jones Hall in September 2015 as part of the opening classical subscription concert of the 2015-16 season.

Included in the concert is the world première of STOMP for orchestra, a work by American composer John Corigliano, commissioned by the Houston Symphony to open the new season.

Join Houston Public Media's St.John Flynn for this Houston Symphony broadcast Sunday, November 29th at 8PM on News 88.7 and again Wednesday, December 2nd at 8PM on Classical 91.7.