Touring Mahler’s Fifth Symphony in 2023

Feb 1, 2023

Already known for his “spectacular Mahler” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Rafael Payare recently inaugurated his tenure as Music Director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (OSM) with an account of the “Resurrection” Symphony that “will be remembered as a major milestone in the history of the OSM” (Le Devoir, Canada). 

The concert launched a new, multi-season Mahler cycle that continues in spring 2023, when Payare and the orchestra turn their attention to the composer’s popular Fifth Symphony. The conductor’s “approach to the Fifth is riveting celebration” (Los Angeles Times), and he and OSM look forward to interpreting the monumental work, both on their first recording together and in live performances at Washington’s Kennedy Center (March 6) and New York’s Carnegie Hall (March 8). 

These U.S. dates follow a similarly high-profile European tour that culminated last month at London’s Royal Festival Hall, prompting The Times to declare: “The Canadians have made a cracking appointment.”