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Jul 1, 2019

CHORÉGIES D’ORANGE 150th ANNIVERSARY: MAHLER SYMPHONY NO. 8

Chorégies d’Orange


Chorégies d’Orange (The Orange Festival) is held every summer at the old 9000-seat Roman amphitheatre in Orange. The festival, dating from 1869 and the oldest festival in France, is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a special performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, using an exceptionally large orchestra. Although the performance will not reproduce Mahler’s original orchestration, it nevertheless means using the 24 first violins which the composer originally requested for the first performance of this work in Munich in 1910. This massive operation will involve bringing together the forces of two orchestras – the Orchestre National de France and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France – as well as the Munich Philharmonic Choir, the Radio France Choir, and the 8 soloists required for the work.

The concert, led by Jukka-Pekka on 29 July 2019, will be broadcast live on TV FRANCE 5.

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