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Thug life — Mahler's 3rd @SanDiegoSymph

I want classical music to be accessible, but I also want people to suck less

San Diegans bailed on Bruckner. They'd better not bail on Mahler (above), whose Symphony No. 3 the San Diego Symphony performs May 5.
San Diegans bailed on Bruckner. They'd better not bail on Mahler (above), whose Symphony No. 3 the San Diego Symphony performs May 5.

Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3 is going down at the San Diego Symphony starting Friday, May 5th, 8:00 p.m, plus performances Saturday night (8:00) and Sunday afternoon (2:00). This is a biggie.

How does one top Mahler’s Symphony No. 2: Resurrection? With Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 of course. Duh.

Video:

Leonard Bernstein conducts Mahler's 3rd

This colossus is the only piece of music on the program because it’s about 90 to 105 minutes long. Since San Diegans bailed on Bruckner”s Symphony No. 8 what can we expect for this one?

Expect the feeble minded — those who suck at culture — to bail early again. This is one of the top reasons for going to the concert.

You can bask in an air of superiority when the peasants get up early to go spread manure on the fields. Or whatever the peasants do these days. You, as the lady or lord of the cultural manner, have the luxury of staying until the end.

I’m walking a fine line here. While I want classical music to be more accessible I also want people to suck less. Mahler’s third takes its time and develops at a pace more suited to the “knowledge class” than to the perennial sophomores who crowd our lives with Snapchat filters.

However, I do think the Symphony could have some fun by making a custom Snapchat filter for each concert. See there? Fine, fine line.

My recommendation is to go the Mahler’s third at the San Diego Symphony and then brag about how you sat and listened for music for an hour and a half. Do it. Be loud and proud. Live the symphonic thug life. Represent. Force people to f-ing recognize.

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San Diegans bailed on Bruckner. They'd better not bail on Mahler (above), whose Symphony No. 3 the San Diego Symphony performs May 5.
San Diegans bailed on Bruckner. They'd better not bail on Mahler (above), whose Symphony No. 3 the San Diego Symphony performs May 5.

Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3 is going down at the San Diego Symphony starting Friday, May 5th, 8:00 p.m, plus performances Saturday night (8:00) and Sunday afternoon (2:00). This is a biggie.

How does one top Mahler’s Symphony No. 2: Resurrection? With Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 of course. Duh.

Video:

Leonard Bernstein conducts Mahler's 3rd

This colossus is the only piece of music on the program because it’s about 90 to 105 minutes long. Since San Diegans bailed on Bruckner”s Symphony No. 8 what can we expect for this one?

Expect the feeble minded — those who suck at culture — to bail early again. This is one of the top reasons for going to the concert.

You can bask in an air of superiority when the peasants get up early to go spread manure on the fields. Or whatever the peasants do these days. You, as the lady or lord of the cultural manner, have the luxury of staying until the end.

I’m walking a fine line here. While I want classical music to be more accessible I also want people to suck less. Mahler’s third takes its time and develops at a pace more suited to the “knowledge class” than to the perennial sophomores who crowd our lives with Snapchat filters.

However, I do think the Symphony could have some fun by making a custom Snapchat filter for each concert. See there? Fine, fine line.

My recommendation is to go the Mahler’s third at the San Diego Symphony and then brag about how you sat and listened for music for an hour and a half. Do it. Be loud and proud. Live the symphonic thug life. Represent. Force people to f-ing recognize.

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