Fargo-Moorhead Symphony performs scaled-down Mahler “Das Lied von der Erde”

Posted on: April 23, 2021

“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented some interesting challenges for music and the arts,” writes John Showalter in Thursday’s (4/22) High Plains Reader (Fargo, ND). “Despite these difficulties, lovers of the arts have found ways to utilize technology to bring the concert experience to people…. Take, for example, our own Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra…. ‘We have put on concerts to an empty hall which have then been put online,’ said music director Christopher Zimmerman. ‘This has allowed for some different type of programming…. This season, for instance, we have gone from a program of eight different pieces … to a program of just one piece… Also, the video aspect of the performances has become a truly integral part of the concert…. Different from the normal concert production but exciting!’ For this next concert, the FMSO will be performing one work, [Mahler’s] Das Lied von der Erde…. ‘Normally for a very large orchestra of 80+ players, this is an arrangement for only 21 players,’ Zimmerman said. Listeners will be able to ‘attend’ the concert by going to the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra website … viewable through April 25.… ‘It may take a while, but we will have live concerts again as before,’ Zimmerman said.”