Montreal has a magnificent new concert hall, the Maison Symphonique. This weekend it was playing string quartets.
While a performance of Mahler’s third symphony had to find another home – in Pollack Hall, where space is so tight that the choirs displaced the audience in several rows.
Why would they schedule things like that? Arthur Kapitainis sheds some light.
(A scene from John Neumeier’s Mahler 3 ballet. Photo © 2004 Holger Badekow)