Program #7: Music's Emotional Impact: This program delves into Tchaikovsky's dramatic personal life, his brief marriage, and his intense correspondence with his patroness Nadezhda von Meck whom he never met, and to whom he dedicated his 4th Symphony. The dramatic brass fanfares that for Tchaikovsky symbolized Fate find a modern echo in David Stock's Blast! Program #8: Mahler: Love, Sorrow and Transcendence: Mahler's turbulent passions are expressed through his music. His settings of poems by Friedrich Rueckert explore themes of love, nature, and otherworldliness. Mahler was haunted throughout his life by the premonition of his own death. The first movement of his 2nd Symphony, which Mahler called "Totenfeier" ("Funerary Rites"), draws stark contrasts between the composer's premonition of doom, and his vision of life. Modern reflections on these themes can be found in "Adieu" by Bernard Rands and "Of Paradise and Light" by Augusta Read Thomas. Gerard Schwarz conducts the All-Star Orchestra with Nancy Maultsby.