In August 1892 a cholera epidemic struck Hamburg as Mahler was on his way there to conduct another season at the Stadttheater. Faced with possibly drastic consequences and defying orders that he return to his workplace, he decided to retreat to his summer vacation spot in Berchtesgaden until the worst was over.

We, too, must avoid an epidemic in these trying times, so it is deeply disappointing that the Mahler Festival 2020 cannot take place as scheduled this May. Mahler Foundation has worked so hard to support Het Concertgebouw in preparing this celebration of Mahler’s life and works. Our thoughts go out to all of the musicians and organizers and to all of you.

 

Mahler Festival 2020 Amsterdam cancelled