This past Thursday we launched Mahler’s New York: A Digital Festival (April 16–30), a two-week celebration of our former Music Director, one-time New Yorker, and beloved composer.
The digital festival comprises seven video broadcasts, audio of the complete symphonies, an online archival exhibit and virtual walking tour presented in partnership with Google Arts & Culture, recipes provided by Neue Galerie New York’s Café Sabarsky, activity guides for kids and families, musical telegrams from the musicians, and Mahler Grooves — a full day of Mahler fun.
Part of the fun is dropping content every day throughout the two weeks, to approximate the experience of a live, in-person festival. Here are this week’s highlights:
- On Monday we rebroadcast Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder — with baritone Thomas Hampson and led by then Music Director Alan Gilbert — at the Leipzig Gewandhaus in 2011. Watch on-demand here.
- On Tuesday we dropped audio of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, led by Georg Solti, and an activity guide for Mahler’s Third Symphony (joining the activity guide for Mahler’s First Symphony)
- On Wednesday we launched Walking Mahler’s New York, a virtual walking tour by the New York Philharmonic Archives on Google Arts & Culture, and made available Mahler’s sister’s recipe for his beloved apricot dumplings, plus a full Viennese meal from Neue Galerie New York’s Café Sabarsky: Wien 1900 cocktail, Wiener Schnitzel, and Linzer Cookies
- On Thursday we present Mahler Grooves: A Day-Long Celebration, culminating in a 7:30 p.m. EDT broadcast featuring Philharmonic musicians performing Mahler from home. Full schedule here and more information here.
- On Friday we drop audio of Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, led by Semyon Bychkov
- On Saturday at 2:00 p.m. EDT we will rebroadcast A Toast to Vienna in 3/4 Time, a Young People’s Concert with Leonard Bernstein televised in 1967. Watch on Facebook; available for 24 hours.
- On Sunday we will drop audio of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, led by Lorin Maazel
Next week, look forward to:
- Monday, April 27, 7:30 p.m. EDT: rebroadcast of Mahler’s Symphony No. 7, with former Music Director Alan Gilbert conducting the Philharmonic alongside musicians from orchestras around the world
- Tuesday, April 28: audio of Mahler’s symphony No. 9, led by Alan Gilbert
- Wednesday, April 29: audio of Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 from two recordings, one led by Dimitri Mitropoulos and the other led by Daniel Harding
- Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. EDT: first-ever rebroadcast of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, led by Leonard Bernstein in 1963 in tribute to JFK two days after the assassination
Check out the full schedule here. Explore the full festival at nyphil.org/mahlerny.