PCE's Mahler Festival - "A Mahler Portrait" - A Concert
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
A PCE Immersion Experience
featuring baritone Christopheren Nomura
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Austrian Cultural Forum
A program featuring baritone Christopheren Nomura—a mesmerizing Mahler specialist—
in “Songs of a Wayfarer” and the “Abschied” from “The Song of the Earth,” plus a playlet
about the marriage of Gustav and Alma Mahler.
A composer’s music will always bear some relationship to his personal life. Gustav
Mahler furnishes an exceptional case: a fascinating and illuminating study of how
personality and personal circumstance align with creative achievement. Mahler (who
converted to Catholicism) was and was not Jewish, was and was not Austrian, was and
was not Viennese. His self-described quest for “redemption” generated an artistic stream
of consciousness, a fraught interior narrative. Mahler’s roots in rural Iglau, where he grew
up, are documented in his music by the influence of military tattoos, cantorial songs, and
rural reveries. In Vienna Mahler was differently rooted — in Beethoven and Schubert. In
addition, the drama of Mahler’s personal life at all times explicitly dramatized his
symphonies. In particular, the death of his beloved daughter Putzi in 1907, and the nearly simultaneous discovery of his heart disease, drove him toward a more resigned, less
egoistic salvation mode, a journey inflected by his discovery of the melancholic Chinese
poetry enshrined in the “Abschied” (“Farewell”) from The Song of the Eart - music at
once mournful and consoling.
• Sunday, Nov. 23 at 5pm at Georgetown University:
Mahler Symphony No. 4 and Kindertotenlieder (with Christopheren Nomura),
performed by GU Orchestra conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez.
• Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30pm at the Washington, DC Jewish Community Center:
Mahler on the Couch—the 2010 film about Mahler and Freud, screened
with commentary. Co-presented by the Washington Jewish Film Festival.
• Tuesday, April 21, 7:30pm at the Austrian Cultural Forum: Conference/concert:
“Who Was Gustav Mahler?” with baritone Christopheren Nomura; pianist Lura Johnson,
and speakers James Loeffler and Seven Beller; Joseph Horowitz, host.
Additional events in collaboration with the Department of Performing Arts at Georgetown University.
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PostClassical Ensemble was founded in 2003 as an experimental orchestral laboratory by Angel Gil-Ordóñez (Music Director) and Joseph Horowitz (Executive Director). Its tagline — “More than an Orchestra” — suggests its unique mission. All PCE programming is thematic and cross-disciplinary. All PCE programming links to educational institutions, most regularly to its Educational Partner — Georgetown University. Most PCE programming links to film programs at the National Gallery of Art. Many PCE programs incorporate dance or theater.