April 21, 2022
Under the banner of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra’s “Music for Peace” initiative and in recognition of the organization’s 50th anniversary as a professional ensemble, Leonard Slatkin leads a program featuring Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 on Saturday, April 23, at 3 p.m. in Hiroshima Bunka Gakuen Hall.
“It is an honor for me to conduct the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra during its 50th anniversary season,” Slatkin said. “It is especially moving during the troubling times in which we are living today. With the motto Music for Peace, we will present one of the most ambitious works by Gustav Mahler, his Sixth Symphony. The piece is often referred to as the ‘Tragic’ symphony and, with its premonitions of a divided world, we can easily see how this music is relevant now. My wish for those attending this performance is that the music will take them to a place where tragedy can turn into hope.”
The concert will be recorded and broadcast by NHK FM Hiroshima.