Emil Tabakov conducts Symphony of a Thousand

More than 400 musicians from six different ensembles will share the stage of Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture in Sofia on 27 June in a performance of one of the greatest classical pieces of all time - Symphony No. 8 by Gustav Mahler. It was written for large casts including an orchestra, a chorus and soloists, which is why it is often referred to as the Symphony of a Thousand.

More than 400 musicians from six different ensembles will share the stage of Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture in Sofia on 27 June in a performance of one of the greatest classical pieces of all time - Symphony No. 8 by Gustav Mahler. It was written for large casts including an orchestra, a chorus and soloists, which is why it is often referred to as the Symphony of a Thousand. Its last Sofia performance was in 1991 under the conduction of the great Emil Tabakov. The world-renowned maestro will be in charge of the concert once again on 27 June. Organised by the Sofia Philharmonic, it will feature a 260-strong chorus, 140 orchestra musicians and eight soloists invited by Tabakov from Austria, Hungary and Germany.
The Symphony of a Thousand, described by Mahler as his best work, was a tremendous commercial and critical success from its very debut in Munich in 1905 when the event was conducted by the composer himself.
The organisers of the Sofia concert say that 1,000 of the seats in Hall 1 are reserved for MEPs, as it will take place in one of their final days in Sofia before Austria takes over the Presidency of the Council of the EU from Bulgaria.

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