Dr. Vicki Seldon, Associate Professor of Music, Dr. A. Jan Taylor, Assistant Professor and Director of PV Concert Chorale and several music majors will perform in the chorus for Houston Symphony’s production of Gustav Mahler’s Eighth Symphony for two spectacular evenings on May 9 and 10 at Jones Hall in Houston. Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is nicknamed the “Symphony of 1,000” because it calls for such large forces: more than 400 musicians, chorus members and vocal soloists.
Dr. Taylor explains, “It’s also significant because it is one of the first large symphonic works to include chorus throughout. Because it requires such large performing forces, it is rarely performed. I’ve never performed it, nor seen a live performance. So, this opportunity for Prairie View students is a ‘big deal.'”
The performances will be conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, former music director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, and considered to be one of the world’s foremost conductors.
Representing PVAMU as vocalists along with Drs. Seldon and Taylor are eleven PV Concert Chorale members singing in these concerts: LaQuenshia Massingill, Aarianna Longino, Toiya Lister, Desiree Washington, Perry Thompson, Timothy Martin, Donovan Harris, Andy Meyzen (engineering major), Rodney Sharp, Brandon Willis, and Joshua d’Estoville.
Watch a short film about the performance, here, featuring interviews with PV Music Majors Brandon Willis (at 4:15 and 6:07) and Perry Thompson (at 4:44).