With two Mahler anniversaries upon us, 2010 (150 years since his birth) and 2011 (100 years since his death), what better time is there to take a deeper look at the man and his music? The music-loving public has embraced Gustav Mahler as the most important symphonic voice of his time and place: fin-de-siècle Vienna. He died in 1911, before the cataclysmic events of the 20th century; and yet his work is uncannily prophetic. His inner life was insecure and anguished, even as his public persona was that of the charismatic and all-powerful conductor. Mahler's music veers between the beautiful and the profane, the exquisite phrase and the tormented vision.
Saul Lilienstein's Mahler lectures emphasize the unique musical character of works being presented by the NSO and explore how these masterworks reveal the extraordinary personal journey of the composer. A former student of Leonard Bernstein, Saul Lilienstein has served as a conductor and artistic director who has conducted and produced more than 50 operas. A highly regarded Professor of Music, his is a familiar voice at the Smithsonian Institution, Johns Hopkins University, the Kennedy Center, and at music symposia across the country. Selections to be heard include Kindertotenlieder and Symphony No. 10 - Adagio.Note: The NSO does not perform in these sessions.
Session II: The Beautiful Selections to be heard include Symphony No. 4 and the Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 Saturday, April 2, 2011 1 p.m. Theater Lab