Even in our cynical, weary, heard-that age, the sheer monumentality and originality of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 - nearly 90 minutes of music; large orchestral and vocal forces; weighty matters of life, death and afterlife - inevitably make a compelling impression.
When this Resurrection Symphony is heard on an occasion that goes beyond the ordinary concert situation, it can't help but assume even greater power and meaning.
If you go BSO will perform at 8 tonight at Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda (limited ticket availability); and 3 p.m. tomorrow at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $25 to $75. Call 410-783-8000.