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He's more than a bunch of symphonies and songs. Even those are not what you think. And although the music stopped with his death in 1911—100 years later, his time is now. During four months of concerts, jam sessions, conversation, and film, free your mind about what Mahler really means.

The NEC Chamber Orchestra, NEC’s conductorless orchestra, was founded in 2000 by double bassist Donald Palma, a founding member of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Palma’s coaching is supplemented by other members of the NEC faculty including: Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, Hugh Wolff.

Music of the classical orchestra era normally at the core of every program gives way tonight to "Hearing Mahler through his Contemporaries." Coached by Palma, the program features 19th and 20th century composers who provide the cultural context against which Mahler's own performing and creative career can be assessed and appreciated.

Robert Fuchs was Mahler's harmony teacher at the Vienna Conservatory, 1875–76. Franz Schreker was a leading opera composer of the time, also a student of Fuchs. Joseph Suk was a Bohemian composer and Dvorak’s son-in-law. His Asrael Symphony (No.2) (1905–06), composed after the death of Dvorak and Suk’s wife Otilie, was admired by Mahler. Anton Webern joined the holy trinity of the Second Viennese School after becoming one of Arnold Schoenberg's students and disciples. His Langsamer Satz, although written one year after he began his studies with Schoenberg, still reflects a post-Brahmsian late romanticism. Scored for string quartet, it was neither published nor performed during the composer's lifetime.

Franz Schreker Intermezzo, Op. 8 (1900) and Scherzo for String Orchestra
Robert Fuchs Serenade No. 2 in C Major, Op. 14 (1876)
Joseph Suk Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 6 (1892)
Anton Webern Langsamer Satz (1905)

Read Matthias Truniger's notes on this concert, and find other Mahler program notes.

Date: October 19, 2011 - 8:00:PM
Price: Free
Location: NEC’s Jordan Hall

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