They might need to break out the crowbars at the Saenger Theatre (6 S. Joachim St.) for the next Mobile Symphony Orchestra performance. That’s about what it will take to fit three choirs, two soloists and 100 orchestra musicians into the performance space.
The occasion is MSO’s 20th anniversary and its first-ever staging of Gustav Mahler’s “Resurrection Symphony.” Its timing on March 24 and 25 — a week prior to Easter — likely had some bearing as well.
Guests are the University of South Alabama Concert Choir, Mobile Opera Chorus, Eastern Shore Choral Society, soprano Martha Guth and mezzo-soprano Susan Platts.
Saturday’s show begins at 7:30 p.m.; the Sunday matinee is at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $15 to $75 and may be purchased by phone at 251-432-2010, online at mobilesymphony.org or at the symphony box office (257 Dauphin St.). Student tickets cost $10.
Alabama Power sponsors the MSO Big Red Ticket program wherein students in grades K-12 can attend Sunday’s performance free when accompanied by a paying adult. More details are at mobilesymphony.org.
Young love in song with MSO
The struggle of young artists has spawned romantic tales for centuries but perhaps none as dramatic as Giacomo Puccini’s “La Boheme.” Impoverished poets, painters and musicians form a backdrop where love strains against the constraints of a bitterly indifferent world.
One of the most popular in the composer’s catalogue, “La Boheme” will be the sixth in Mobile Opera’s Puccini Project, designed to produce all of his works.
The opera starts Friday, March 16, 8 p.m. with a Sunday, March 18, matinee at 2:30 p.m. All shows are at The Temple (351 St. Francis St.).
Tickets start at $45/$30. Student tickets cost $10.
Call 251-432-6772 or go to mobileopera.org.
Prehistoric monsters on Government
What looks like a big lizard but had hair because it’s a cousin to mammals? If you go to the Gulf Coast Exploreum (65 Government St.) exhibit “Permian Monsters,” you can see for yourself.
Before dinosaurs dominated, our planet was home to creatures so bizarre many were misclassified by scholars and laymen alike. Now they’re testimony to how nonlinear and intertwined life has been for millions of years.
The exhibition contains fossilized skeletons and full-size life models of the creatures. There’s even an interactive dig pit where young hands can search for their own fossils.
You can also find out why a shortage of wood-munching bacteria in an earlier era helped lead to the greatest mass extinction in planetary history. It contains warnings about our own future.
The Exploreum is open Tuesday through Sunday. Admission prices vary by age.
Call 251-208-6893 or go to exploreum.com.
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