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Mahlers Symphony of a Thousand - Five international choirs, eight soloists and a colossal orchestra: no wonder Mahler’s Eighth is known as the “Symphony of a Thousand”. “Try to imagine the whole universe beginning to ring and resound,” said Mahler. Exaggeration? Not when you hear it performed in Symphony Hall and not when Mirga Gražinyt279;-Tyla is conducting – so book early, as we launch the CBSO’s centenary year in truly roof-raising style.