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For more than thirty years, the Society has presented many and various programs. Under Jack Diether’s presidency, from 1977 to 1987, there were annual chamber concerts of song, piano transcriptions and other arrangements, including some premieres (tapes of the concerts from 1977 to 1984 are part of the Jack Diether collection and may be heard at the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound at the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center; ). Lectures by renowned Mahler authorities Henry-Louis de La Grange and Donald Mitchell enlightened members.


Since 1987, the Society has presented many more lectures, concerts, video presentations, and has visited the archives of the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall and the Morgan Library for private viewings of manuscripts, annotated scores, and letters. Lectures have been presented on musical history, biography and interpretation, and a series on each of Mahler’s works. Speakers have included Society President Lewis M. Smoley, David Aldeborgh, Charles Zachary Bornstein, Leon Botstein, Jerry Bruck, Uri Caine, William Carragan, Riccardo Chailly, Sedgwick Clarke, Glen Cortese,  Harold Farberman,  Stephen Hefling, David Hurwitz, Michael Jameson, Joel Lazar, Norman Lebrecht, Yoon Jae Lee, Andrew Litton, Marilyn McCoy, Dennis Rooney, Thomas Sanderling, Sybille Werner, Mark Wigglesworth, Benjamin Zander; the late Jonathan Carr, Stuart Feder, Susan Filler,past GMSNY president Gerald S. Fox, Henry-Louis de La Grange, Gilbert Kaplan, and Ted Reilly.


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Event Date: Nov-30-2017
Title: Gustav Mahler: Jewish Identity and Nineteenth Century Musical Culture
Location: Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St., New York

Gustav Mahler:
Jewish Identity and
Nineteenth-Century Musical Culture

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 6:00 PM
A Pre-Concert Lecture
with Dr. Daniel Jütte (NYU)
To be followed at 7:00 PM by
Cantata Profana performing
Gustav Mahler's
"Das Lied von der Erde"

and works by Strauss, Meyerbeer, Schoenberg, and Lewandowski that place Mahler's piece in its German-Jewish milieu.
The evening will also include a premier of composer Alex Weiser's newest piece.

The Center for Jewish History
15 W. 16th St. New York, NY 10011

Lecture and Concert are FREE for those who RSVP to
6:00 PM Pre-Concert Lecture
2nd Floor Kovno Room
Gustav Mahler: Jewish Identity and Nineteenth-Century Musical Culture
Dr. Daniel Jütte
Did Gustav Mahler's Jewish background influence his musical oeuvre—and if so, how? Much ink has been spilled over this question, without reaching a conclusive answer. This talk suggests that we take a step back if we wish to tackle the tantalizing question of Mahler’s Jewish identity. Instead of looking at Mahler as an isolated case, it might be more productive to embed the story of his life in a larger socio-cultural context—namely, the history of Jewish participation in nineteenth-century musical culture. This larger context elucidates not only the opportunities, but also the challenges that Jewish musicians in Mahler’s generation faced. Against this backdrop, it might be possible to cast a new light on the contours of Mahler's Jewish identity.
7:00pm Concert, Sponsored by YIVO
For this program YIVO joins forces with the young, “intrepid” (New Yorker) vocal and instrumental chamber ensemble Cantata Profana to present Gustav Mahler’s epic song symphony, Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) in Arnold Schoenberg andRainer Riehn’s chamber orchestra arrangement. The program places this work in the context of its German and Jewish milieu pairing it with short works by Arnold Schoenberg,Johann Strauss IIGiacomo Meyerbeer, and Louis Lewandowski, as well as a new work by composer Alex Weiser. Alex Weiser will introduce the program with a brief discussion of Mahler’s Jewish identity, both from Mahler’s perspective and from that of those around him.
Daniel Jütte is a historian of early modern and modern Europe. He is an associate professor in the Department of History at New York University. His research interests lie in cultural history, urban history and material culture, history of knowledge and science, and Jewish history. He is currently working on a history of transparency from antiquity to modern times.
Jütte is the author of two monographs. His award-winning The Age of Secrecy: Jews, Christians, and the Economy of Secrets, 1400–1800 (Yale University Press, 2015; first German ed. 2011) offers a general history of secrecy in the early modern period, with particular attention to the role of secrecy and secret sciences in Jewish-Christian relations. His second book, The Strait Gate: Thresholds and Power in Western History (Yale University Press, 2015), explores how doors, gates, and related technologies such as the key and the lock have shaped notions about security, privacy, and shelter.
Before joining NYU, Jütte taught as lecturer in the History Department at Harvard University as well as at the University of Heidelberg, from which he earned his Ph.D. in 2010. He has also held a number of fellowships: Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows (2011–2015); Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin (2015–16); and Eurias Fellow at the University of Cambridge (2016–2017). In addition, his work has been supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung), and the Daimler Benz Foundation.
Jütte has been recognized for excellence in teaching, but he also enjoys engaging non-academic audiences and readerships, e.g., as a contributor to media networks (such as the BBC and Deutschlandradio) and major daily newspapers, including the Frankfurter Allgemeine ZeitungNeue Zürcher ZeitungSüddeutsche Zeitung, and Die Welt.
Cantata Profana is a fearless vocal and instrumental chamber ensemble now entering its sixth season of presenting “every kind of classical music you might imagine” (New Yorker). The ensemble is devoted to new music, old music “to most anything, so long as the mixture is put together thoughtfully and put across persuasively” (NY Times). Cantata Profana’s artists combine virtuosic talent with innovative staging, lighting, and design, collaborating to present eclectic and diverse masterpieces with a theatrical flair. We transcend the typical chamber music concert with programming that pulls from every century, allowing pieces to speak to each other across time periods and continents, just as the performers speak to the audience. Each concert offers a never before imagined way of telling stories through music.
In demand across the U.S. and abroad as soloists and chamber musicians, our core artists continue to create some of their best work in their performances with Cantata Profana. We have performed in venues all over New York City, such as Joe’s PUB, Symphony Space, Roulette, Dixon Place, Issue Project Room and the Baruch Performing Arts Center. Cantata Profana has also recently traveled to Avaloch Farm Music Institute in New Hampshire, the Banff Centre in Canada, Connecticut’s Music Mountain, the Princeton Sound Kitchen, and Boston’s Goethe-Institute.

Event Date: Jan-07-2018
Title: Angela Meade, soprano
Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia

Soprano Angela Meade will perform selections from Mahler's Ruckert Lieder during her recital.

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Event Date: Jan-18-2018
Title: Symphony No 3
Location: Symphony Hall, Boston

Andris Nelsons conducts Symphony No. 3, with Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano.  Concert repeats on Jan 19 (matinee) and Jan 20.

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Event Date: Jan-18-2018
Title: Royal Concertgebouw plays Mahler First
Location: Carnegie Hall, New York

Daniele Gatti leads the Royal Concertgebouw in a performance of Symphony No. 1

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Event Date: Jan-23-2018
Title: Mahler Ninth Symphony
Location: Carnegie Hall, New York

Franz Welser-Most leads the Cleveland Orchestra in a performance of Mahler's Ninth Symphony.

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Event Date: Jan-25-2018
Title: Chicago Symphony plays Symphony No. 5
Location: Orchestra Hall, Chicago

Manfred Honeck leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in performances of Mahler's Symphony No. 5, on January 25, 27 and 30.

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Event Date: Jan-26-2018
Title: Symphony No. 1
Location: Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, PA

The Pittsburgh Symphony, led by Raphael Payare, will perform Mahler's Symphony No. 1.  Also on the program: Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto, with pianist Kirill Gerstein. Concert will repeat on January 28.

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Event Date: Feb-08-2018
Title: Symphony No 4
Location: Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

Mirga GrazIntyre-Tyla conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra in Symphony No. 4.  Also on Feb 9 (matinee) and Feb 10.

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Event Date: Feb-13-2018
Title: Dorothea Roschmann sings Ruckert Lieder
Location: Zankel Hall, New York

Dorothea Roschmann sings Mahler's Ruckert Lieder.  Also on the program: Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder.

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Event Date: Feb-24-2018
Title: Vienna Philharmonic performs Symphony No 10 Adagio
Location: Carnegie Hall, New York

The Vienna Philharmonic, led by Gustavo Dudamel, performs the Adagio from Mahler's Symphony No. 10.  Also on the program:

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique.

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