Princeton University Orchestra’s Final 2 Concerts Celebrate Hindesmith, Mahler

PRINCETON, NJ — The Princeton University Orchestra will host its final two concerts of the season on Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29 in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.

The final concerts in the Stuart B. Mindlin Memorial Concert season for 2016-17 begin at 7:30 p.m. each night.

These performances present two of the most celebrated orchestral masterpieces of the 20th century: Paul Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes of Weber followed by Gustav Mahler’s monumental Fifth Symphony.

“For this year’s Mindlin Memorial Concerts we return to the core German/Austrian canon,” Maestro Pratt said. “Paul Hindemith’s witty and brilliant Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes of Weber was written in 1943 while Hindemith was on faculty at Yale. He had left Germany in the 1930’s when his music was banned. Mahler, whose music was also banned by the Nazis, completed his popular Symphony No. 5 in 1902. One of his most sunlit and optimistic works (despite starting with a funeral march), it came to first hearing of many in the 1971 film by Luigi Visconti, Death in Venice.”

Maestro Pratt has led the orchestra on an exploration of many of Mahler’s symphonies. According to the orchestra, Town Topics noted that the ensemble is “no stranger to Gustav Mahler — rarely have more than a few years gone by when the orchestra has not tackled one of the composer’s monumental works. Orchestra Conductor Michael Pratt has a well-known affinity for Mahler, and has also expressed that for the students who incorporate the orchestra into their busy Princeton collegiate lives, Mahler is music they ‘need to get to know if they are to develop a strong sense of the unfolding of musical history.’”

Many of the students who perform Mahler’s masterpiece call the experience “incredibly personal.” This will be the final performance for may seniors set to graduate in the spring.

For Mahler, a symphony “must be like the world. It must embrace everything.” According to the orchestra: “To hear these young musicians celebrate this world from which they must soon move on promises to make this performance unforgettably visceral, memorable, and a most fitting way in which to end the orchestra’s 119th season.”

Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $15 for students. Visit, or call 609-258-9220, to purchase tickets.

The Princeton University Orchestra is made up of Princeton undergraduate student musicians. Now in its 119th year, the orchestra plays a wide range of works by composers from the Classical period up through freshly composed works by Princeton composers.

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