In recognition of Gustav Mahler’s unique role in music, Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, hosted a Mahlerfest in 1920. For the centenary of the original festival in 2020, Het Concertgebouw will again host an international Mahler Festival – ‘Mahler’s Universe’ — featuring performances of all of Mahler’s works by some of the world’s foremost orchestras and singers.
The Mahler Foundation is working in partnership with Het Concertgebouw to launch a special program to indicate the Foundations’s mission and projects, and to highlight Gustav Mahler’s profoundly perceptive and generous view of life and art in the spirit of our mission.
Mahler Foundation will co-commission a series of works by contemporary composers to be premiered alongside Mahler’s symphonies. We will be presenting a two-day symposium – the Gustav Mahler Forum– exploring issues crucial to Mahler’s personal sensibilities and concerns, including the environment, cultural identity, and religion.
A film festival curated by Mahler Foundation will highlight Mahler’s life and works in many different ways. We will contribute to pre-concert and intermission talks; organise a tree-planting ceremony for children choristers participating in the Festival; and curating and producing a photo exhibition based on the Mahler Family albums.
On the occasion of the festival, Mahler Foundation will launch the Mahler Award – an international honour recognising an individual or organisation that demonstrates exceptional achievement and embodies the Mahler Foundation’s aims and areas of concern; contemporary art, youth culture, and the environment.
On the occasion of Mahler’s Universe, Mahler Foundation is commissioning ten new documentaries. Each of these documentaries will focus on one of Mahler’s symphonies – bringing new insights, stories and points of view — allowing the audience to experience these musical masterpieces with a new awareness.
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