Colorado MahlerFest is proud to announce the launch of the new Mahler Conducting Fellowship Program for outstanding young professional conductors. Beginning in 2016, MahlerFest will invite 2-3 fellows to participate in the festival as assistant conductors. Fellows will attend daily score study and seminar sessions with Artistic Director Kenneth Woods, work with guest lecturers and […]
For the Love of Mahler takes us into the passionate world of Henry-Louis de La Grange, a charismatic 91-year old music historian who, since first hearing a Mahler symphony in 1945, devoted the rest of his life to researching every detail of the composer’s biography. After meeting Mahler’s widow Alma in 1952, his deepening friendships […]
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, […]
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!
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
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 […]
“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 […]