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Music @ NCL: Gil Harel presents Gustav Mahler and the Resurrection Symphony

November 6, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Lamb Room

As the Age of Romanticism came to a close, the symphony reached ever greater heights. In the works of the Bohemian composer Gustav Mahler, the scope of these works grew to unprecedented size, with some symphonies requiring hundreds of instrumentalists, singers, and a new kind of conductor capable of managing such an ensemble. Here we will study Mahler’s Symphony no. 2, “Resurrection”, a work which meditates on death and the afterlife. Following the lead of the great titan of the century (Beethoven), Mahler deploys an enormous chorus in the finale. In doing so, he doffs his hat to the past while simultaneously filling the concert hall with his own unique voice.


Gil Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from classical repertoire to jazz and popular music, as well as opera, medieval, and renaissance music. Previously, he has served on the faculty at CUNY Baruch College, where he was awarded the prestigious “Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching”. Currently, he teaches at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where he was recently presented with the coveted “Merit Award for Exemplary Service to the College.” At NVCC, Dr. Harel conducts the college chorale, teaches music history and theory, and serves as musical director of theater productions. His commitment to community-oriented lecturing spans many years. Outside of teaching, he enjoys staying active as a pianist and vocalist.  


November 6, 2018
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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