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Mahler’s Song of the Earth With Rafael Payare 2024-2025

This unprecedented convergence of Mahler and the premiere of a new work for voices and orchestra, set in Indigenous languages, delivers an unforgettable season-closing concert!

Season Presenting Partner

An unprecedented convergence between the music of Mahler and the premiere of a work for voices and orchestra sung in Indigenous languages will make for a memorable season finale! Faced with the fragility of human existence, the perpetual renewal of nature has nurtured the dream of immortality in humans. This theme, depicted by Mahler in Das Lied von der Erde, will be echoed by a work composed and written by Indigenous, non-Indigenous, and Métis artists paying homage to life and to the Earth. An extraordinary concert that will bring a promising 2024-2025 season to a close!


Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Rafael Payare, conductor

Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano

Nikolai Schukoff, tenor

Elisabeth St-Gelais, soprano


Andrew Balfour, Ian Cusson, Ana Sokolović, Work for Voices and Orchestra, world premiere – OSM commission (20 min.)*

*Canadian work

Intermission (20 min)

Gustav Mahler, Das Lied von der Erde [The Song of the Earth] (63 min.)

Total duration105minutes