Bard Conservatory performs Mahler’s Third twice this weekend

Conducted by Leon Botstein, the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra takes on one of the giants of the repertoire, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, in two performances on the weekend of May 10. While Mahler’s No. 8 is the one affectionately dubbed the “Symphony of a Thousand” because of its immense ensemble size and logistical challenges (sometimes involving entire second orchestras and choirs performing in the wings, out of audience view), No. 3 is no small and tidy affair. Bard’s performance will employ more than 160 musicians to get it right. This performance features mezzo-soprano Eve Gigliotti, the Bard College Chamber Singers, the Bard Festival Chorale and the Bard Preparatory Division Chorus – just for the singing parts.

The suggested donation is $15 to $20, which will benefit the Conservatory’s Scholarship Fund. Performances take place on Friday, May 10 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 12 at 3 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater.

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3
May 10,12, 8 p.m./3 p.m.
Sosnoff Theater, Fisher Center
Bard College, Annandale, (845) 758-7900