Music in Mind: Prokofiev and Mahler 5
UMD Symphony Orchestra
Piano Christopher Wong
Conductor James Ross
The UMD Symphony Orchestra welcomes 2013 Concerto Competition Winner Christopher Wong to the stage to perform Prokofiev’s brilliant Piano Concerto No. 3.
With agitated and mournful fanfares in the Trauermarsch and yearning melodies in the Adagietto for harp and strings, Mahler’s Fifth Symphony expresses an astounding breadth and intensity of emotion, and is a favorite among audiences.
The Music in Mind series celebrates the role of music in our culture and our lives, explores sources of inspiration and points of intersection in musical traditions, and presents music in a context that encourages reflection and discovery. Proceeds from Music in Mind concerts benefit the UMD School of Music’s undergraduate scholarship fund.
Review by DC Metro Theater Arts
The 70-minute symphony clearly announced the School of Music’s standing as a source for top-level training of instrumentalists in the highly competitive world of classical music, where technical standards are continually being revised upward.
— DAVID ROHDE, DC Metro Theater Arts, March 2, 2015