An Evening at the Symphony, Right Here at Central

You listen to rock.

You listen to rap.

You listen to alternative.

You listen to EDM.

MADRID - SEP 13: Crowd in a concert at Dcode Festival on September 13, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.

You listen to them all, and that’s awesome. Music is food for the soul, and sometimes our souls crave some variety.

I mean, we all love pizza, but do we really want to eat it every night? Sometimes you just need to treat yourself to some prime rib.

To satisfy this craving, the CWU Symphony Orchestra has some savory metaphorical rib roast to offer you: Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, served on a platter with the CWU Men’s and Women’s Choir and members of Yakima’s Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Choir.

That’s quite a dish.

Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, dubbed “The Resurrection,” was the piece that set him decisively on the path toward the grand-scale, high-individualist and confessional style of symphony that became his legacy. He said “The term ‘symphony’ means creating a world with all the technical means available.” In the spirit of this view, The Resurrection Symphony is the first all-embracing work of the Austrian composer’s symphonies to make use of voices as well as the orchestra.

This forthcoming epic production in the Jerilyn S. McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall will be led by CWU Director of Orchestras Nik Caoile and will include over 200 musicians harmonizing on a single stage.

200 musicians. At once.

You may not listen to classical music and you may think you don’t understand it, but that’s false. You only tell yourself that this is the case. Fact is, you understand music. Music is an experience, and the all-encompassing feeling of being surrounded by hundreds of individual musicians harmonized into a single entity is a spiritual experience.

Want a taste? Here’s the CWU Symphony Orchestra performing Danzon No. 2:

Do yourself a favor and be there. The concert is on Sunday, May 17 at 4 p.m. and costs only $10 with your CWU student ID.

That’s pretty cheap for prime rib. Your next pizza will cost more than that, guaranteed.

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