MahlerFest Founder and Artistic Director Robert Olson Will Conduct Mahler’s 9th at Farewell Concert

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, […]

MahlerFest Board Member Patrick Mason has New Album of Music by George Crumb

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 […]

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  

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 […]

Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam will hold Mahler Festival in 2020

The Concertgebouw presents a Mahler Festival in 2020, 100 years after the first Mahler Festival another grand homage to the composer. From 6 to 20 May 2020 The Royal Concertgebouw organizes the third Mahler Festival in her history. By that time it will be exactly 100 years since the first Mahler Festival and 25 years […]