Robert Olson Rehearsing Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 for MahlerFest XXVII – May 2014

Robert Olson prepares the Colorado MahlerFest Orchestra for the festival week Main Events, two performances of Mahler’s 6th Symphony and Mahler’s 5 Ruckert Lieder.  May 17 and 18, 2014.   For more information visit mahlerfest.org.  Follow us on Twitter @co_mahlerfest   Advertisements

Mahler’s Symphony No. 6: “A Hero’s Life”?

Who is the “hero” in Mahler’s Symphony No. 6? Mahler composed his sixth symphony over the summers of 1903 and 1904. This was a very fulfilling time. His career was increasingly successful. He had married in 1902 and now had a daughter, with another on the way (the second being born just before completion of […]

MahlerFest will present Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 and Five Ruckert Lieder

“My Sixth will present riddles that are approachable only by a generation which has absorbed and digested my first five.” – Gustav Mahler writing to biographer Richard Specht, c. 1904 We don’t really know what Mahler was referring to, but the audience is presented with a plethora of persistent riddles when contemplating and experiencing the […]

Egon Wellesz – Eye-witness to Gustav Mahler

What was the musical scene like in Vienna when Mahler was conductor of the opera?  What was Mahler’s conducting style like? Were Mahler’s later compositions influenced by the younger generation of serial composers?  Which conductor comes closest to Mahler’s own conducting style? The well-known, eloquent, and brilliant British Musicologist Deryck Cooke interviewed Egon Wellesz, the […]

Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and Des Knaben Wunderhorn

The Colorado MahlerFest is performing Mahler’s Fourth Symphony this weekend, May 17th and May 19th.  In light of that concert, we felt you would find the following of interest. Most fans of Mahler’s music know that his first four symphonies are referred to as his Wunderhorn Symphonies, since the symphonies contain musical material from Mahler’s […]

MahlerFest XXVI, May 13-19: Symphony #4 and Julie Simson’s Farewell

MahlerFest XXVI is here.  It is a bittersweet milestone.  After a year’s work and preparation, we’re always very excited about our festival, with symposium, dinners, and concerts.  But this year we celebrate the truly amazing contributions of a gifted performer and teacher as we bid farewell to soloist, supporter, and friend, mezzo-soprano Julie Simson. The MahlerFest […]

Remembering Adolph “Bud” Herseth

Bud Herseth, the longtime principal trumpet for the Chicago Symphony passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013, at age 91. Bud Herseth was hands-down recognized as the greatest orchestral trumpet player of his generation.  He is from the same mold as Harry Glantz, principal trumpet for the New York Philharmonic and NBC Symphony under Arturo Toscanini […]