MahlerFest Announces Conducting Fellowship as part of MahlerFest XXIX

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, The Inspired Life of Henry-Louis de La Grange now available on DVD. A great gift!

  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 […]

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, […]

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 […]