The BYU Philharmonic Closes Season With Mahler’s Last Symphony

The BYU Philharmonic Closes Season With Mahler’s Last Symphony

This will be the first campus performance of the famed work

The BYU Philharmonic will close their 2018-19 season with an historic performance of Gustav Mahler’s final symphony.

The April 9 concert will mark the first time Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 has been performed at BYU, either by a campus or visiting ensemble. The work was written in the years following the diagnosis of a heart condition that would ultimately claim Mahler’s life in 1911 and captures the composer’s contemplation of life, death and his own mortality.

“The Mahler Ninth is one of the landmark works in classical music,” said Philharmonic conductor Kory Katseanes. “We feel privileged to bring this to BYU and to experience it ourselves. It pursues the very purpose of life and the spiritual trajectory and destination of man.”

Katseanes hopes that audiences will take advantage of the chance to hear the symphony performed live and experience the grandeur, complexity and depth that have made Mahler’s work a staple in the study of classical music.

“It’s impossible to listen to this and be unchanged as a human,” Katseanes said. “I wish every person on this campus could have the opportunity to sit and contemplate its message.”


Tickets and Show Details

Performance Dates and Times: April 9 | 7:30 p.m.

Location: de Jong Concert Hall, Franklin S. Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU

Price: $7-11

Tickets: Available in person at the BYU HFAC or Marriott Center Ticket Office, by phone at (801) 422-2981 or online at