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Thursday, 01 March 2018 14:12

Music from the soul

Written by Staff Writer

JANESVILLE — The Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra will present Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 5” at back-to-back concerts next weekend.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Janesville Performing Arts Center. A pre-concert talk by BJSO Music Director Rob Tomaro, “Mahler Symphony No. 5: Welcome to the Age of Psychology,” will start at 6:45 p.m.
A cash bar and complimentary snacks will be available, with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, March 11, the doors will open at 1 p.m. at the Eclipse Center, 3 Eclipse Blvd., Beloit. The pre-concert talk will start at 1:15 p.m., with the concert at 2 p.m. A cash bar and complimentary snacks will be available.

In Janesville, tickets are available online through JPAC at janesvillepac.org or by calling 608-758-0297. Tickets will be available at the door, but reservations are recommended.

In Beloit, tickets are available online at beloitjanesvillesymphony.org; at Attic Quilts, 319 State St., Beloit; by calling 608-313-1200; and at the door.

Mahler’s “Symphony No. 5,” which premiered in 1904, “is a stunning and gorgeous pageant in sound,” according to a BJSO news release. “Plumbing the inner depths of the psyche and the soul for inspiration, Mahler’s masterpiece paved the way for the revolutionary works of Stravinsky and Strauss that would soon follow.

“The fourth movement Adagietto is one of the most beloved musical works of all time. Written as a love song to Mahler’s new wife, Alma, it has appeared in many films, including Visconti’s ‘Death in Venice,’ ‘Lorenzo’s Oil’ with Susan Sarandon and Nick Nolte and, most recently, ‘Birdman’ with Michael Keaton.”

The Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra, now in its 65th year, is the professional symphony orchestra of Rock County. Go online to beloitjanesvillesymphony.org for more information.

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