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Thursday, March 26, 2015

UBC Music Press | UBC Symphony Orchestra and UBC Choirs perform Mahler's Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"

March 26, 2015
Media Contact: Laurie Townsend
604-822-9161 |

Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection”
UBC Symphony Orchestra and Choirs April 10 and 11

Vancouver ~ 110 instrumentalists and 200 singers will fill the stage when the UBC Symphony Orchestra and UBC Choirs perform Mahler’s massive Symphony No. 2 under dynamo conductor Jonathan Girard, with soloists Katie Miller, mezzo-soprano and Laura Widgett, soprano. Performances are at 8pm Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11 at the Chan Centre of the Performing Arts.

“Mahler believed that ‘a symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything’,” says UBCSO conductor Jonathan Girard.

“Live performances of Mahler’s work are rare and particularly special. I have been involved in three performances of Resurrection and every time the audience leaves feeling as if they have been through a profound journey with the musicians. ”

In the last three years Girard has revitalized the UBCSO, which was just voted one of the top three Classical Musical Ensembles in the city by Vancouver Courier readers. Eager audiences are rushing in mob-style and sometimes, being turned away from an overflowing Chan Centre. The utter precision and musical finesse of this orchestra belies the idea that the performers are students. The UBC Choirs, under the extraordinary leadership of Graeme Langager, are fresh from an engagement with the VSO and their first appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York.

If you think classical music is dusty, this is your moment to find out how much energy and verve a skilled young ensemble can bring to such a monumental work.

Check out the recent UBC video feature “What are you working on?” web series (  Dr. Jonathan Girard provides a glimpse into the work of an orchestra conductor and the performance elements that fuel his passion for music.

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” 
UBC Symphony Orchestra 
University Singers and UBC Choral Union
Katie Miller mezzo-soprano and Laura Widgett soprano

Jonathan Girard conductor

When  Friday April 10 and Saturday April 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Where Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Road, UBC

Tickets $27 for Adults | $20 Seniors | $15 Students
Available online at, by telephone 604.822.2697 (service charge) 
or in person at the Chan Centre Ticket Office (hours at

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