May 16, 2016
Thank you to Edvard Tchivzhel and the entire musical infrastructure of Greenville for offering the most recent performance of Gustav Mahler’s Third Symphony. I may not be alone in proceeding with caution, if not FEAR, of experiencing the longest piece of symphonic literature, knowing that hours of unfamiliar classical music can be painful.
However, being assured by Paul Hyde of The News and multiple emailed GSO messages of explanation and musical samples, I decided to take a risk on the unknown.
For those seeking entertainment, this concert was not likely on your Hit Parade. But for those seeking enlightenment, education and insight, this Masterwork and the GSO’s masterful performance is what sets Greenville apart as a small town with big hearts and minds and a depth of understanding far beyond other communities. Just as we learn to appreciate differences and diversities of peoples, cultures, and languages, Maestro Tchivzhel’s dialogue with Mr. Mahler and their perspectives on life and love speaks volumes about the sharing of community values.
I would hope to encourage all to learn to speak music!