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Julian Wachner

Mahler Month kicks off with a bang Sunday, May 1st at 5:00 PM as The Washington Chorus wraps up their 50th anniversary season with a gala concert showcasing the music of Gustav Mahler. Over 300 musicians, including choristers from the Washington National Cathedral and eight soloists, will join The Washington Chorus and full orchestra in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for a program of choral movements from Mahler's 2nd, 3rd, and 8th symphonies, as well as Mahler song settings and the final act of a comic opera by Weber that Mahler completed. Music Director Julian Wachner spoke with Classical WETA's Deb Lamberton about the chorus, and his thoughts behind creating this one-of-a-kind tribute to Mahler's genius.