The New York Philharmonic announced their new digital festival, Mahler’s New York, a two-week celebration of the composer/conductor who spent time in New York as the Philharmonic’s tenth Music Director (1909-11), running from April 16-30, 2020, at nyphil.org/mahlerny. During this period of global isolation and crisis, the NY Phil hopes all listeners will take comfort and inspiration in Mahler’s music and musings.

The Philharmonic will rebroadcast a 2011 performance of Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, featuring Thomas Hampson and conducted by Alan Gilbert. The performance at the Leipzig Gewandhaus marked the 100th anniversary of Mahler’s death and final Philharmonic season, and the 150th anniversary of his birth. Watch the broadcast on Monday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Facebook or YouTube. Available on-demand afterward.

The festival will feature seven video broadcasts, audio of the complete symphonies, an archival exhibit, a virtual walking tour, the all-day Mahler Grooves celebration, recipes, and education materials. Philharmonic musicians will appear in video introductions to each of the ten symphonies and in performances from their homes. A complete schedule is available here. Festival partners include Google Arts & Culture; Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; Neue Galerie New York, Café Sabarsky; and WQXR.

 

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