In order to be able to perform the giant composer Mahler, the ORT expands dramatically thanks to the merger with the OGI – Orchestra Giovanile Italiana (Italian Youth Orchestra). The collaboration between the ORT and the OGI, the educational complex set up forty years ago by Piero Farulli (with headquarters at the Fiesole Music School) to offer the students of the Italian Conservatories the opportunity to gain orchestral experience guided by great masters. Markus Stenz is one of these, a face known to the Tuscan public also for having led the Cantiere of Montepulciano from 1989 to 1995. And so Mahler it is, with two fundamental works completed in the very early years of the twentieth century: his Symphony No. 4 and the Kindertotenlieder (“Songs for Dead Children”), based on the lyrics of the late-Romantic poet Friedrich Rückert. Five songs in which Mahler brings forth the poet’s feelings about the loss of a child, passing from bewilderment to an apparent resignation, through pain, regret, terrible forebodings, fear. What truly stands out in both works on the programme is the vocal presence of the mezzo-soprano Sophie Harmsen, German of Canadian origin, raised in South Africa and places throughout the world following her parents, both diplomats.