Tonhalle Zürich – Grand Reopening with Mahler 3

Author: Accentus Music

On 15 Sept 2021 the historic Tonhalle Zürich will be reopened after a four-year restoration with Mahler’s Third Symphony under Paavo Järvi.

  • Tonhalle am See, Zürich | Copyright: ©

    Tonhalle am See, Zürich ©

  • Paavo Järvi | Copyright: ©

    Paavo Järvi ©

  • Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich | Copyright: ©

    Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich ©

For the grand reopening of the Tonhalle am See in Zurich, one of the most impressive concert halls in Europe, the Tonhalle-Orchester under the direction of Paavo Järvi are dedicating themselves to a gigantic musical cosmology: Gustav Mahler's Third Symphony.

To this day, it is considered one of the most magnificent and powerful achievements straddling late Romanticism and modernism. The middle of the three symphonies that set texts from the collection of poems "Des Knaben Wunderhorn" by Clemens Brentano and Achim von Arnim, Mahler's Third is the composer's longest work, opening up to the listener a unique world ranging from simple folksong-like melodies to the coarse sounds of a marching brass band. Also unique is the number of six movements and the extensive scoring with full orchestra, women's choir, and boys' choir.

After a few seasons at the Tonhalle Maag, the Tonhalle-Orchester is returning to its historic home at the Tonhalle Zürich. With Paavo Järvi, the orchestra has one of the world’s top conductors at its helm. Wiebke Lehmkuhl, one of the great vocalists of our time, is impressive as the solo alto.

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 3 D minor

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
Women of the Zürcher Sing-Akademie
Zürcher Sängerknaben

Wiebke Lehmkuhl, alto
Paavo Järvi, music director

A production of Accentus Music in coproduction with SRF/3sat, in cooperation with SRF, Mezzo, and

Production Company Accentus Music GmbH
Co-Production Company SRF/3sat
Assoc. Prod. Company Mezzo
Assoc. Prod. Company
Composer Gustav Mahler
English title of music work Symphony No. 3 D minor
Orchestra / Band Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
Soloist Wiebke Lehmkuhl
Choir Women of the Zürcher Sing-Akademie
Choir Zürcher Sängerknaben
Conductor Paavo Järvi


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