Songs of Destiny – MW3 – Press Release

MW3_2017_WebsiteSan Rafael, CA, February 14, 2017 – The Marin Symphony returns to the Civic Center for its Masterworks 3 Program, Songs of Destiny, in early March. The performance features the Symphony and Marin Symphony Chorus, performing masterpieces by Brahms and Elgar. Per Marin Symphony Executive Director, Tod Brody, “You will not want to miss the unmatched power, joy, and beauty of 200 instrumentalists and singers live on stage – there’s nothing like it!”

The program begins with two choral works from Brahms entitled Nänie and Schicksalslied. Brahms composed the first piece in 1881, in memory of his deceased friend Anselm Feuerbach. Nänie is a lamentation on the inevitability of death. With the Schicksalslied, Brahms created a very personal interpretation on the theme of fate in a timeless piece of music that will not fail to impress.

The concert concludes with a performance of Edward Elgar’s magisterial First Symphony. Best known for his Pomp and Circumstance marches and Enigma Variations, Edward Elgar was a not only a composer of enormous passion and imagination, but also a true master of composing for a large symphony orchestra. One of Maestro Alasdair Neale’s personal favorites, Elgar’s First Symphony is a generous and noble work, with a breathtakingly beautiful slow movement.

As Music Director, Alasdair Neale shared, “I’ve paired Brahms’ music alongside another great romantic composer, and one of my personal favorites, Edward Elgar.  Many of you may know that I grew up in the United Kingdom, so for me Elgar’s music has always been part of the furniture, so to speak. But I know that, with the exception of the Enigma Variations, the Cello Concerto, and of course “Pomp and Circumstance”, his music is not especially familiar to audiences across the pond. I hope, then, that you’ll enjoy getting to know his First Symphony, which I think is an unqualified masterpiece.”

The concerts are played at the Marin Center Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael.

Pre-concert talks begin at 2:30 pm (Sunday) and 6:30 pm (Tuesday) and are free for all ticket holders. All concert attendees are also invited to the post-concert gathering at Gaspare’s Pizzeria in San Rafael, minutes away from the concert hall, following Tuesday’s performance. Tickets for the concerts are $40-$80 (adults) and may be purchased at  or by calling 415.473.6800.

Sunday, March 5, 2017 – 3:00 pm
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Brahms: Nänie
Brahms: Schicksalslied

Elgar: Symphony No. 1

Adult: Starting at $40

Youth 6-17: Starting at $20
Children under 6: Free

Call 415.473.6800 (Marin Center Box Office)
Group discount for 10 or more: 20%

Marin Center Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium
10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, California 94903

About Marin Symphony
The acclaimed Marin Symphony Orchestra, established in 1951, presents classical Masterworks and Pops concerts in the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium and other venues in Marin. Under the music direction of Alasdair Neale, more than 80 professional symphony musicians, 110 chorus members and world-class guest artists come together to bring live classical music performances to the community. Over 150 musicians participate in the Symphony’s youth programs, including the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra. Discover more at or call 415.479.8100.