By Cathy Fuller
On Sunday, December 5th, some of the world's most brilliant and renowned musicians will gather on the Jordan Hall stage. Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director of the Berlin Philharmonic, will conduct an orchestra of inspired musicians, including members of the Boston Symphony, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, many of Boston's finest chamber ensembles, and emerging young artists. Eight-time Grammy nominee Marc-André Hamelin will play Mozart's Piano Concerto in G, K.453, and the orchestra will play one of Gustav Mahler's most moving creations, the Adagietto from his Symphony No. 5. The evening will end with the thrilling embrace of the Symphony No. 2 by Johannes Brahms.
Rattle will be driving up from his conducting duties at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Hamelin will have arrived that day from New York as well. They know the life-changing power of music, and its ability to reach into the noblest parts of the human spirit. Every musician is donating his/her talent to help everyone who has been visited by the nightmare of cancer, and to do their part toward the ultimate dream of erasing it from all of our lives.
I'll be there on Sunday, and I hope you will be, too. To learn more, listen to my interview with Julie Scolnik below, and visit Concert for the Cure. Tickets are available from the Jordan Hall box office.
JULIE SCOLNIK ON THE CONCERT