Gustav Mahler

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Biography
Gustav Mahler

1909–1911

b. Kalischt [now Kalište], Bohemia, July 7, 1860
d. Vienna, May 18, 1911

Gustav Mahler’s tenure with the New York Philharmonic coincided with a major reorganization of the Orchestra’s corporate structure. Several wealthy contributors were willing to act as Guarantors of the Fund for the Permanent Orchestra of the Philharmonic Society of New York; this endowment would pay sufficient salaries to musicians and conductor for their exclusive devotion for at least 23 consecutive weeks a year. The Guarantors’ committee administered the business of the Orchestra; they more than doubled the number of concerts and engaged Gustav Mahler to lead the Philharmonic to new pinnacles of achievement. They also arranged the ensemble’s first tours outside the city. Although short, these made a huge cultural impact on audiences in cities like Springfield, MA and Providence, RI. Unlike the Boston Symphony which traveled with reduced forces, Mahler refused to compromise and the full complement of 92 players went on tour.

Mahler brought in a new concertmaster, changed some of the wind and brass players, and adjusted the balance between instrumental families. The reshaped ensemble was everything Mahler desired in an orchestra, but other aspects of the relationship proved nettlesome. Henry Krehbiel, music critic for the Tribune (and program annotator for the Philharmonic) often excoriated Mahler both as composer and conductor, especially when he reorchestrated passages in the works of earlier masters such as Beethoven or Schubert. During Mahler’s second season, the Guarantors’ Committee formed a six-member Program Committee to oversee the musical selections for each concert; under the circumstances, a battle of wills was inevitable. Mahler’s mortal illness in the winter of 1911 brought an ultimate and tragic resolution to their disagreements.

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23

January, 2020 Thursday

Dudamel Conducts Mahler and Schubert
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7:30 PM Concert

Dudamel Conducts Mahler and Schubert

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Program To Include
Schubert Symphony No. 4, Tragic
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Artists
Gustavo Dudamel Conductor
Michelle DeYoung Mezzo-Soprano
Simon O'Neill Tenor

24

January, 2020 Friday

Dudamel Conducts Mahler and Schubert
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8:00 PM Concert

Dudamel Conducts Mahler and Schubert

CYO
Program To Include
Schubert Symphony No. 4, Tragic
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Artists
Gustavo Dudamel Conductor
Michelle DeYoung Mezzo-Soprano
Simon O'Neill Tenor

25

January, 2020 Saturday

Dudamel Conducts Mahler and Schubert
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8:00 PM Concert

Dudamel Conducts Mahler and Schubert

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Program To Include
Schubert Symphony No. 4, Tragic
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Artists
Gustavo Dudamel Conductor
Michelle DeYoung Mezzo-Soprano
Simon O'Neill Tenor

5

April, 2020 Sunday

New York Philharmonic at 92Y
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3:00 PM Concert

New York Philharmonic at 92Y

Program To Include
Mahler Piano Quartet
Schumann Piano Quartet
Brahms String Sextet No. 1
Artists
Musicians from the New York Philharmonic

15

April, 2020 Wednesday

Open Rehearsal
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9:45 AM Open Rehearsal

Open Rehearsal

Program To Include
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25
Mahler Symphony No. 1
Artists
Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Daniil Trifonov Piano
Daniil Trifonov and Mahler
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7:30 PM Concert

Daniil Trifonov and Mahler

CYO
Program To Include
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25
Mahler Symphony No. 1
Artists
Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Daniil Trifonov Piano

16

April, 2020 Thursday

Daniil Trifonov and Mahler
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7:30 PM Concert

Daniil Trifonov and Mahler

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Program To Include
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25
Mahler Symphony No. 1
Artists
Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Daniil Trifonov Piano

17

April, 2020 Friday

<em>Mahler Grooves</em>
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8:00 PM Concert

Mahler Grooves

Program To Include
David Hertzberg New work (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)
Mahler Songs of a Wayfarer
Mahler Symphony No. 1
Artists
Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Roderick Williams Baritone

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April, 2020 Saturday

Saturday Matinee: Mahler's <em>Songs of a Wayfarer</em>
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2:00 PM Concert

Saturday Matinee: Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer

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Program To Include
Bernstein Dance Suite
Arnold Brass Quintet No. 1
Joseph Horovitz Music Hall Suite
David Hertzberg New work (New York Philharmonic Commission)
Mahler Songs of a Wayfarer
Artists
Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Roderick Williams Baritone
Musicians from the New York Philharmonic
Daniil Trifonov and Mahler
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8:00 PM Concert

Daniil Trifonov and Mahler

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Program To Include
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25
Mahler Symphony No. 1
Artists
Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Daniil Trifonov Piano

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April, 2020 Tuesday

Daniil Trifonov and Mahler
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7:30 PM Concert

Daniil Trifonov and Mahler

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Program To Include
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25
Mahler Symphony No. 1
Artists
Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Daniil Trifonov Piano

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April, 2020 Thursday

Jaap van Zweden Conducts Mahler's <em>Resurrection</em> Symphony
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7:30 PM Concert

Jaap van Zweden Conducts Mahler's Resurrection Symphony

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Program To Include
Mahler Symphony No. 2, Resurrection
Artists
Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Joélle Harvey Soprano
Sasha Cooke Mezzo-Soprano
Concert Chorale of New York
James Bagwell, director
Chorus

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April, 2020 Friday

Jaap van Zweden Conducts Mahler's <em>Resurrection</em> Symphony
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8:00 PM Concert

Jaap van Zweden Conducts Mahler's Resurrection Symphony

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Program To Include
Mahler Symphony No. 2, Resurrection
Artists
Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Joélle Harvey Soprano
Sasha Cooke Mezzo-Soprano
Concert Chorale of New York
James Bagwell, director
Chorus

25

April, 2020 Saturday

Jaap van Zweden Conducts Mahler's <em>Resurrection</em> Symphony
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8:00 PM Concert

Jaap van Zweden Conducts Mahler's Resurrection Symphony

CYO
Program To Include
Mahler Symphony No. 2, Resurrection
Artists
Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Joélle Harvey Soprano
Sasha Cooke Mezzo-Soprano
Concert Chorale of New York
James Bagwell, director
Chorus
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