A concert to raise the eyes heavenward, with two of the most beautiful orchestral reflections on the afterlife ever created makes its way to the Ulster Hall on 04 February 2022.
Richard Strauss’s majestic tone poem Death and Transfiguration is the story of the death of an artist with a theme of heroic destiny at its core. Based on a poem by the composer’s friend Alexander Ritter, it portrays a sick and lonely man who recalls experiences from his life as he struggles with death, a struggle which resolves as the music soars ever upwards and he is transfigured.
Mahler’s Fourth Symphony is strewn throughout with childhood memories, disarmingly melodic and totally charming.
In its final movement, Mahler sets the words of his own song Life in Heaven, which describes a child’s view of what the afterlife might be like. Full of dancing, playing, wonderful music and excellent food (surely the only mention of asparagus in a symphony?!), this carefree imagining fades into quiet, eternal bliss.
COVID Status Check
All ticket holders aged 18 and over, will need to provide evidence of their Covid status through one of the following:
- Proof of full vaccination
- Proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test
- Proof of natural immunity
- Proof of participation in a clinical trial for vaccination against coronavirus
- Proof of medical exemption from vaccination
This evidence must be accompanied by photographic ID.
All ticket holders over the age of 18 will be required to complete a COVID Status Check on arrival