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Mahler songs to be featured in Sunday’s orchestra concert at St. Clare Walker

The Northern Neck Orchestra and mezzo-soprano Erin Wind will perform Mahler’s romantic tale of heartbreak this Sunday, March 19, in the St. Clare Walker Middle School auditorium at Locust Hill, and on Sunday, March 26, at the Northumberland High School Theater in Heathsville. Both concerts begin at 3 p.m. 

Mahler wrote both the text and the music for the four songs in Songs of a Wayfarer in 1884 after his devastating rejection by a sweetheart who marries another suitor. The orchestra and Wind will perform three of the four songs in the cycle. 

“Mahler’s music has an extraordinary ability to capture raw emotion,” she said. “Though it can be a very bumpy ride, it’s well worth the trip.”

Performances by the mezzo-soprano include the “Italian in Algiers” with the Summer Garden Opera in Farmville, and “The Magic Flute” with the University of Northern Iowa Opera. 

The Richmond singer, who also is a songwriter, received her bachelor of music degree in music education from Longwood University and master of music in voice performance from the University of Northern Iowa.

Tickets are $25 and available online at http://www.northernneckorchestra.org or at the door. Students will be admitted free with an online reservation.

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posted 03.15.2017

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