Mahler's Sixth Symphony is best known for the "hammer blows" in the fourth movement using a percussion instrument called a Mahler Box. Principal Percussionist Christopher McLauren shows the Kansas City Symphony's Mahler Box and Hammer that will be used for the upcoming performance of Mahler's Sixth in Helzberg Hall on January 11-13, 2013. Tickets available online at kcsymphony.org or call (816) 471-0400.
The Kansas City Symphony percussionist wields a huge hammer to deliver three fateful blows in Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 6. Here he is practicing with the instrument.