UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, with the University and Alumni Choruses: “Resurrection”

A line of French horn players face to the right while playing their instruments. They are all wearing black.
Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

Christian Baldini, director and conductor

In its first reunion with alumni chorus members since 2018, the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and University Chorus join together to perform Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony, a long-form symphony imbued with a deep reverence for Heaven and the journey to it from our mortal world. Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony is clearly a Beethoven’s-Ninth kind of work, albeit written sixty plus years later, and written after decades of further symphonic development by not only Beethoven, but Berlioz, Brahms, and others.


Mari Esabel Valverde: Our Phoenix
text by Amir Rabiyah

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”)
with the University and Alumni Choruses, Erik Peregrine, director, and
Carrie Hennessey, soprano
Julie Miller, mezzo-soprano

$12 Students and Children, $24 Adults (Reserved Seats)

A masterwork takes center stage when the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, the University Chorus and Alumni Chorus join forces to perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection) on March 12 at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

The orchestra is directed and conducted by Christian Baldini and the choruses are directed and conducted by Erik Peregrine. Symphony No. 2 features guest artists Carrie Hennessey, soprano, and Julie Miller, mezzo-soprano.

The program also includes Mari Esabel Valverde’s Our Phoenix with text by Amir Rabiyah.

First performed in 1895, Resurrection allowed Mahler to further develop the creativity of “sound of the distance” and fabricating a “world of its own,” aspects already heard in his First Symphony. The work also reflects the composer’s lifelong view of the beauty of the afterlife. This symphony was one of Mahler’s most popular and successful works during his lifetime.

This concert marks the first time that the University Chorus and Alumni Chorus have performed together since 2018. 

The program is performed without an intermission and is anticipated to run one hour and 40 minutes.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $24 for adults and $12 for students and youth, and are available at the Mondavi Center Ticket Office in person or by calling 530-754-2787, Tuesday-Friday, 12-5 p.m. Tickets are also available online at mondaviarts.org.

For more information about additional concerts and performances by the College of Letters and Science’s Department of Music, visit arts.ucdavis.edu/music.

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