Mahler Symphony No. 5

Mahler's colossal Fifth Symphony embraces an entire world of sound, from the heart-rending funeral march to the serene and loving Adagietto. Based on the reflection of his tumultuous relationship with the daughter of a famous painter and its trajectory from mourning to triumph, the Fifth occupies a pivotal place in Mahler’s endlessly fascinating output. Ligeti's monolithic Requiem goes beyond this world, as proven by its iconic appearance in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, the perfect warm up for the full theatrical presentation on June 30 & July 1.


Dates and Tickets

  • 22 Jun (Thu) 2017 7:30PM
  • 23 Jun (Fri) 2017 8:00PM
  • 24 Jun (Sat) 2017 8:00PM

Pre-concert Talk

Presented 1 hour prior to each performance in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium. Free with ticket purchase.

Running time

1 hour, 52 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Ludovic Morlot


The French conductor Ludovic Morlot has been Music Director of the Seattle Symphony since 2011. Amongst the many highlights of his tenure, the orchestra has won two Grammy Awards and gave an exhilarating performance at Carnegie Hall in 2014, as reported in the The New York Times: “The performance Mr. Morlot coaxed from his players was rich with shimmering colors and tremulous energy.”

Audrey Luna


Soprano Audrey Luna, who Opera News says “has power and a blazing coloratura facility that most lyric sopranos can only dream of,” continues to be one of the opera world’s most exciting artists.

Allyson McHardy


Mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy’s voice has been described as radiant, dusky, incandescent, and sumptuous; her presence on stages in Canada, the United States and France have drawn comments such as noble, spellbinding, charming and seductive.

Seattle Symphony Chorale

The Seattle Symphony Chorale serves as the official chorus of the Seattle Symphony. Over its past four decades, the Chorale has grown in artistry and stature, establishing itself as a highly respected ensemble.

Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history.





György Ligeti


Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 5


Support for Ligeti’s Requiem is generously provided by the Judith Fong Music Director’s Fund. Audience Development supported by The Wallace Foundation.