On May 2 and 3, Susanna Mälkki will return to conduct the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, presenting a diverse program that spans both contemporary works and classical staples.

Renowned for the interpretation of compositions by Kaija Saariaho, Ms. Mälkki will first lead the orchestra in Saariaho’s Lumière et pesanteur, a stunning work known for its exploration of light and gravity through innovative orchestral techniques. Following this, audiences will be treated to Carl Reinecke’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 283, featuring flutist Katalin Kramarics. A hallmark of the Romantic era, Reinecke’s concerto showcases the expressive capabilities of the flute against a rich orchestral backdrop. The program will conclude with another masterpiece of the Romantic repertoire, Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73. A fitting finale, the beloved symphony is characterized by its serene melodies, pastoral themes, and moments of triumphant exuberance.

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