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Music for Suicide Prevention with Orchestra Amadeus

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St. Paul & St. Andrew

263 West 86th Street

New York, NY 10024

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Orchestra Amadeus


Joseph Jones, conductor





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Beethoven..............Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Mahler....................Kindertotenlieder

Tchaikovsky...........Symphony No. 4 in f minor, Op. 36



This program features music by three composers whose lives were affected by suicide.


Famously stricken with deafness in the prime of his life, Beethoven wrote in his ‘Heiligenstadt Testament’ that “...incidents brought me to the verge of despair, but little more and I would have put an end to my life - only art it was that withheld me…” That Beethoven not only persevered but thrived, creating some of the most powerful and poignant works of art and in service to humanity after writing this letter stands as a great testament to the power of the human spirit and of our incredible capacity for hope. His overture to Goethe’s play Egmont is a brilliant, powerful, and evocative work that can overwhelm and inspire in its 8 minutes.


Gustav Mahler was a legend even during his lifetime, and his life was marked by both high triumph and deep tragedy. He lost his brother Otto to suicide, and Gustav's obsession with death manifested itself fully in his music. His settings of Friedrich Rückert’s beautiful but deeply tragic poems are a quiet reflection on death and what it means to love in the wake of loss.


Piotr Tchaikovsky was the greatest melodist in Russia's musical history, and his passionate and emotional works mark the high point of 19th century Romanticism. Living life as a gay man in Russia was extremely difficult for the composer--and dangerous--and his brief, ill-fated marriage to a woman ended in disaster and near-tragedy after he threw himself into a river to try ending his life. Unsuccessful in this attempt, he composed the 4th Symphony while convalescing, and the work moves from deep despair to hope to triumph over the course of its 45 incredibly emotional minutes.


About Orchestra Amadeus

Orchestra Amadeus was founded in 2015 with one mission: to promote social justice through classical music. The Orchestra gives benefit concerts to raise money and awareness for humanitarian issues, with proceeds from the concerts going to a partner charity whose mission and work supports the cause to which each concert is dedicated. Orchestra Amadeus is based in New York City and is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas.


About REBORN

REBORN is a social impact initiative that believes saving lives requires disruptive new approaches, fearless leadership, and a renewed sense of urgency. We are a suicide prevention based 501c3 that is creating new forms of treatment, awareness, and outreach. The shows and events we plan and hold are intended to raise awareness for the current statistics on suicide and depression, all while continuing the conversation of how we believe we can create change and lower those statistics.

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