Such nature references are apt when describing the first movement of Mahler's Symphony No. 1, as they are for many composers who were righteously influenced by the birds and the seas, flowers and trees.
Or, as San Francisco Symphony conductor Michael Tilson Thomas so wonderfully put it in his 2001 recording of the masterpiece, Mahler through this work "makes an enormous symphony out of the sonic stuff we all know from our lives. He uses bird calls, the sounds of military bands, folk, salon and cabaret music. He evokes the sound of voices singing, whispering, humming and shrieking — all things we recognize as part of the range of human experience."
The Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO) is having a fundraiser concert in Fountain Valley on April 2 for its upcoming tour to Bulgaria this June. Tickets are $50.