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On the Mahler 9th at Carnegie Hall

Monday, March 4, 2002

Dear Maestro Zander:

I write to thank you for the superb performance Saturday evening of Gustav Mahler's Symphony Number 9 at Carnegie Hall and for your accompanying remarks. I am a newcomer to your Orchestra, this being my first BPO concert. I now intend to be a regular concert-goer, however, to any of your performances in New York City. You eloquently elucidated the work's architecture and allusions, thereby underscoring and informing my understanding of the poignancy of the piece, reflecting Mahler's restless inner quests for peace and certainty and his contemplation - and ultimate acceptance - of the inevitability of morality. The frenetic, zombie-like scherzo was performed with the greatest technical virtuosity I have witnessed in twelve years of concert-going at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. This was indeed a "musical map of inner feeling", as one writer has explained Mahler's work. Please put me and my father on the mailing list for the BPO's New Your City and Boston offerings (I was born and raised in Worcester and am- alas only occasionally - back in the Greater Boston area for visits), as well as for any summer music program(s) you offer. Congratulations again. I would welcome the opportunity to meet you and introduce myself on your next visit to New York.

Very truly yours,

Edward P. Reardon, Jr.

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