22 June (Friday), 7 pm – Concert Hall CKK Jordanki

The opening ceremony of the festival and the Presidential Concert
to mark the 40th anniversary of the partnership of Toruń and Göttingen
FREE ADMISSION – free tickets will be available in the box office in CKK Jordanki

Jadwiga Rappe – alto
Ewa Biegas – soprano
Göttinger Stadtkantorei, conductor: Bernd Eberhardt
Kantorei St. Jacobi, conductor: Stefan Kordes
Göttinger Symphonie Orchester
Toruń Symphony Orchestra
Mariusz Smolij – conductor

In the programme:
G. Mahler –  Symphony No. 2 in C minor “Resurrection”

The opening ceremony of the Festival and the Presidential Concert
to mark the 40th anniversary of the partnership of Toruń and Göttingen. At the inauguration of the Nova Music and Architecture Festival we shall have an occasion to listen to the Austrian composer Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no. 2, known as the Resurrection Symphony. It is a monumental musical piece composed of five parts scored for large performing forces (a symphony orchestra, a choir, and two soloists: alto and soprano). In his lifetime, Mahler was known primarily as a phenomenal conductor. His works gained wider popularity many years after his death, in particular his oeuvre in the genres of song and symphony. The Concert Hall of CKK Jordanki will see then a performance of the monumental Second Symphony, composed after 1888 and before 1894. This Friday night will present an extraordinary opportunity to admire the collaboration of symphony musicians from Toruń and Göttingen joined by two mixed choirs of Göttingen. Jadwiga Rappé (alto) and Ewa Biegas (soprano), artists specialising in opera and cantata repertoire, will perform the solo parts. Both have won innumerable prizes and performed at numerous music festivals in Europe. Mahler’s symphonies stem from the tradition of Romanticism. Their monumental framework betrays lavishness of form and emotion and a blend of styles and colours. The sumptuous sounds of the Second Symphony correspond to its thematic layer as the composer interlaces his musical creation with the timeless cycle of life, death, and resurrection. The work reaches its peak in the final part with the choir singing the ‘Resurrection’ choral. As Mahler himself said about this particular composition: ‘Whenever I set myself to paint a large musical picture, I always reach a point where I must have recourse to words as vehicles of my musical idea… RESURRECTION! This was an awe-inspiring experience, it was as if I had been struck by a lightning and everything had become crystal clear. It is this sort of lightning that all artists crave, a holy visitation’. The Second Symphony is one of the most often performed Mahler’s musical pieces: let us all prepare for nearly 80 minutes of immensely beautiful and indeed ecstatic music.