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Encore Houston, Episode 66: Texas Music Festival

The Texas Music Festival Orchestra puts on an epic performance of Mahler’s Third Symphony.


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Texas Music Festival rehearsal
Jeff Grass
Franz Anton Krager leads the musicians for the 2016 Texas Music Festival

On this week’s episode of Encore Houston we have just one piece, but it is a big one… one of the biggest, in fact! The Texas Music Festival Orchestra performed Mahler’s Third Symphony back in 2011, and the work is a beast. Generally considered the longest symphony in the canon, this piece certainly seems to fulfill Mahler’s axiom that a “symphony must be like the world.” When writing the work, Mahler was considering the arrival of summer, with the opening horns seeming to herald its approach.

Music in this episode:

  • GUSTAV MAHLER, Symphony No. 3
    • Melanie Sonnenberg, mezzo-soprano
    • Festival Women’s Chorus
      • Kelly Turner, director
    • Houston Treble Choir
      • Marianna Parnas-Simpson, director
    • Franz Anton Krager, conductor
  • Performance date: 6/11/11
  • Originally aired: 6/2/18

New episodes of Encore Houston air Saturdays at 10 PM, with a repeat broadcast Sundays at 4 PM, all on Houston Public Media Classical.


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Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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