Thursday night’s BSO concert came to a sudden halt in the middle of the massive slow movement that crowns Mahler’s Third Symphony, as a chorister fainted on stage, falling off a low riser into a small space behind the trombones. Conductor Daniele Gatti put down his baton and walked off stage as the orchestra fell silent, and Gatti returned a few minutes later to resume the performance. According to a BSO spokesman, the chorister hit her head but was OK and was being treated on site by paramedics.
The BSO’s Mahler program follows on the heels of last week’s all-Wagner program, and shared a certain affinity with it. Or as Pierre Boulez once put it: “Just as Wagner destroyed the artificial order of the opera in order to initiate a far more creative attitude to the drama, so Mahler revolutionized the symphony, ravaging its all too neatly ordered landscape and introducing his hallucinatory visions into the holy place where logic used to be worshipped.”