(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – The Chatham Camerata, a new collective of professional musicians based in Columbia County, will perform Gustav Mahler’s Das lied von der Erde (“The Song of the Earth”) at St. James Church on Saturday, September 10, at 7:30 pm.
The work will be performed by an 18-piece chamber orchestra conducted by Thomas Carlo Bo. This epic song cycle, based on Chinese poems which alternately celebrate the joys of life and mourn the transience of its passing, shares with Mahler’s Ninth Symphony a sense of farewell, since he wrote both with certain knowledge of his failing health.
Featuring tenor Jon Morrell, known locally for leading roles in the Concerts in the Village in Kinderhook, N.Y., and mezzo soprano Elizabeth Russo, this performance of Mahler’s “Song of the Earth” is the first in a series of major chamber performances scheduled from fall through spring.
St. James Church, 129 Hudson Avenue, Chatham. Suggested donation: $20 at the door.