Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Service | 250 years Alexander von Humboldt | Programme | Concert: Humboldt and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 8

What Alexander von Humboldt’s world-encompassing opus magnum ‘Kosmos’ is to the world of science, Gustav Mahler’s 8th Symphony is to music. With a length of an hour and a half, it is one of the longest symphonies ever composed, a work in which, as Mahler put it, “the universe begins to gain a voice and to resound”.

Four ensembles of Humboldt-Universität performed the “Symphony of a Thousand” under the leadership of University Musical Director Constantin Alex, to celebrate 25 years of music at Humboldt-Universität.



Humboldt Philharmonic Choir

Choir of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berli  │ Leader: Carsten Schultze

Humboldt Student Philharmonic

Symphonic Orchestra of the Humboldt-Universität

Berlin Children’s Radio Choir  │ Leader: Carsten Schultze

Georg Friedrich Handel Children’s Choir  │ Leader: Jan Olberg 


Tonje Haugland, Soprano

Maria King, Soprano

Anne Bretschneider, Soprano

Karina Repova, Alto

Kristin Patterson Brehm, Alto

Thomas Heyer, Tenor

Manos Kia, Baritone

Haakon Schaub, Bass

Conductor: Constantin Alex