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Redwood Symphony’ Sweeping Fall Concert Nov. 17

Two of symphony’s most moving and majestic works, Haydn’s “Drumroll” and Mahler’s “The Song of the Earth,” come to life with the Redwood Symphony at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in the Main Theater at Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City.

“This program encapsulates the evolution of the symphony, from its first flowering under Haydn with his ‘Drumroll’ Symphony No. 103 to the vast expanse of Mahler’s ‘Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth),” Maestro Eric K said of the program.

The concert opens with Haydn’s penultimate Symphony No. 103, nicknamed “The Drumroll” because of the prominent role of the timpani in the opening of the first movement.

“The absolute genius of Haydn’s instrumental invention as the ‘Inventor of the Symphony’ is on full, witty display,” according to Eric K.

Standout soloists Kindra Scharich, a mezzo soprano, and tenor David Gustafson alternate songs in Redwood Symphony’s ongoing cycle of Gustav Mahler’s works with “The Song of the Earth,” his last completed major symphonic work.

“The Mahler piece, set to Chinese poetry about the brevity and sweetness of life, is one of the most moving works of music ever written,” Eric K said.

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