Urbański Conducts Mahler 1

Experience the sonic splendor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under Krzysztof Urbański in Mahler’s wild, exuberant First Symphony. Also, French keyboard master Bertrand Chamayou plays Schumann’s romantic Piano Concerto. “Technical wizardry,” raves The Guardian of London, “Chamayou is a remarkable musician, no question.”

Behind the Curtain

With Associate Conductor Vince Lee

"This is the meat and potatoes concert. Three big epic works. In 'Forest Murmurs' from the opera Siegfried, Siegfried is outside a dragon’s cave and is looking to slay the dragon. He just chills out laying on a branch, and he starts listening to these sounds around him–that’s what the music does. A bird comes to sing to him and he can’t understand the bird, but he takes a flute and starts trying to communicate with it. When he kills the dragon, the dragon’s blood gets on him which allows him to hear what the animals are saying so he can hear the bird’s advice.

Mahler's Symphony No. 1 is my favorite Mahler symphony. The subtitle "Titan" comes from a book by John Paul. Not that he wanted to tell the story of 'Titan,' but there were themes in the book that connected with Mahler."

About Bertrand Chamayou

Bertrand Chamayou has established himself at the highest level on the international music scene, performing in venues such as the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Lincoln Center, the Herkulessaal in Munich and London’s Wigmore Hall. He has appeared at major festivals including New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Lucerne Festival, Rheingau Festival, Rotterdam Gergiev Festival and Klavier-Festival Ruhr.


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This performance is at the Hilbert Circle Theatre in downtown Indianapolis. Doors will open one hour and fifteen minutes before the performance.

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"Forest Murmurs" from Act II of Siegfried


Piano Concerto


Symphony No. 1 ("Titan")

Krzysztof Urbański 


Bertrand Chamayou


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