I'd certainly heard the last before, at least a couple of times live. Although I prefer his fifth, it's quite a good symphony as well (although it ends poorly -- I prefer things to end with a bang, the sixth ends quite unremarkably). And, if fact, it was the main reason that I wanted to go to this one -- well, that and the half-price tickets.
Unfortunately, the last piece was marred by a rather noisy couple (yes, the acoustics in Boettcher Hall are quite good, but I guess everything has to have a downside), culminating in me grabbing an usher to get them to shut (the f*ck) up. They bloody well needed a room, and not just because they were noisy. Fortunately, that was only for the first half of the first movement, and the second and third are the better ones. Still, I was pissed.
Anyway, grabbed ticks for the Oct 13th (Friday the 13th) concert, when they'll be playing Grieg and more Grieg. Van Cliburn is playing Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor (one of my favorites, and well, Van Cliburn), and hopefully they'll have the chorus for the Peer Gynt Suite (specifically, 'In the Hall of the Mountain King'), because that would kick ass. (Also Berlioz' 'Roman Carnival' overture.) Of course, with Van Cliburn and all, tickets weren't cheap (and are already almost sold out), but, well. Van Cliburn. Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor. Sweet.