Mahler was a very busy conductor and composed only in the summers, in the mountains. He began to compose the two middle movements of his seventh, which he called Nachtmusiken (night musics), in summer of 1904. There are indications that he began to compose the first Nachtmusik while still completing his sixth symphony; that same […]
MahlerFest XXIX is getting underway – May 16 – 22, 2016! Here’s the list of events for the entire festival week: films, lectures, concerts, and more! Evening orchestra rehearsals are open to the public during the week, except Wednesday, at Macky Auditorium on the CU Boulder campus. Monday, May 16, 6:30pm, Boulder Library: Film “Of Love, […]
Gilbert Kaplan, who passed away this past New Year’s Day at the age of 74, was a successful business man with a passion, the music of Gustav Mahler. His success in business allowed him to immerse himself in Mahler’s music, specifically Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, for three decades. Kaplan founded the magazine Institutional Investor in 1967 when […]
For some six decades, as musician, composer and conductor, Pierre Boulez was a major part of the classical music scene. He conducted most of the major orchestras of the world and was music director of three of America’s top institutions; New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony. At one point in the early ’70s, he […]
After twenty-eight years as Artistic Director of the music festival he founded, Maestro Robert Olson will relinquish the baton at the end of the upcoming MahlerFest XXVIII, in May, 2015, with a farewell performance of Mahler’s last completed work, his Symphony No. 9 in D. Since 1988, MahlerFest has been dedicated to the life, music, […]
Baritone, and MahlerFest board of directors member, Patrick Mason is on a recently released CD from Bridge Records premiering Voices from the Heartland, by American composer George Crumb. Mason is a Berton Coffin Faculty Fellow at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where Crumb himself was faculty member in the ’60s. Patrick Mason is the […]
I’m pretty good at playing “Drop the needle”, you know, the “game” where you play a few seconds of a piece of music to see if friends can correctly guess the title and composer. Well, this guy is amazingly good. See how well *you* do!