Mahler for Memorial Day
Memorial Day is many things to many people, a holiday at once somber and celebratory. The Philharmonic offers a bit of both during its annual free Memorial Day concert at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. This year, Alan Gilbert conducts Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, which he says gives “a picture of what it means to be human in every sense, both the joys of living and the difficulty of coming to the end of one’s life. Mahler’s Ninth Symphony never fails to go straight to the heart.” The free concert, now a 21-year tradition, serves as the start of summer (and free concerts), as well as an opportunity to reflect in a beautiful space — either inside the dramatic cathedral or outdoors on the Pulpit Lawn (above). What better way to memorialize the day?
Tumblr Tip: Arrive early; seating is first-come, first-served, and the line forms several hours before the 8:00 p.m. concert.