Preview: Mahler 2 by Orchestra of the Music Makers
After a stunning midyear concert, the Orchestra of the Music Makers continues their 10th anniversary celebrations with the centre piece of the entire year – a performance of Gustav Mahler’s 2nd Symphony Resurrection.
Mahler’s Second Symphony was known to have taken six years to perfect, changing the musical landscape forever on account of its scale and sheer ambition. Following a critically acclaimed 2010 performance of Resurrection, OMM is set to revisit the epic orchestral work once again this August, with a 130-musician strong orchestra, a massive chorus and two vocal soloists to take listeners on a journey to the very ends of the earth, depicting life, death, and heavenly transcendence
Resurrection is so special to OMM because it set a precedent in the local music scene, where a volunteer, non-professional orchestra would attempt a piece of this magnitude. It is because of this 2010 performance that led OMM to become as renowned as it is today, catching both local and international renown as it continues to grow. Since then, OMM continues to develop a strong relationship with Mahler’s other symphonies, being the group to perform Mahlet’s Symphony of a Thousand for the second time in Singapore in 2015 in conjunction with SG50.
As such, Resurrection will be returning to the stage this August, following a recent performance with 32 of OMM’s musicians and Music Director Chan Tze Law in collaboration with the Western Australian Youth Orchestra in Perth during early July. This upcoming performance will see Chan reprise his role as conductor, young but already critically acclaimed Australian soprano Siobhan Stagg in her Singapore debut, as well as mezzo-soprano Caitlin Hulcup, following a rousing performance in 2017’s Hansel and Gretel. The performance will also feature Toh Ban Sheng as Chorus Master and the Maior Chorus, who last performed Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with OMM in March 2016. This August, come catch the epic performance that sealed OMM’s fate as one of the most exciting and ambitious music groups to come out of Singapore, and change your life with Mahler’s masterpiece, said to be able to shape and change the lives of those who witness it.
Mahler 2 plays at the Esplanade Concert Hall on 18th August 2018. Tickets available from SISTIC