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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.


Suggestions for speakers, programs or activities are welcome. Please contact the Society by letter or via email: 

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Event Date: Nov-01-2018
Title: GMSNY presents "Das Lied von der Erde"
Location: National Opera Center, 330 Seventh Ave., NYC
GMSNY presents Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) in a Piano Edition by the Composer for Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, and Piano, performed by:

Alexandra von Roepke, Mezzosoprano
Peter Furlong, Tenor
Christian Kälberer, Piano
Tickets may be purchased exclusively through Brown Paper Ticketing, at this link:  Doors will open at 7:30 pm; seats are not reserved. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Event Date: Nov-01-2018
Title: Los Angles Philharmonic: Symphony No. 5
Location: Walt Disney Hall, Los Angeles, CA
Description: The Los Angles Philharmonic, conducted by Susanna Malkki, will perform Mahler's Fifth Symphony on November 1, 2, 3 and 4m.

Event Date: Nov-01-2018
Title: Atlanta Symphony: Mahler Tenth
Location: Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta, GA
Description: The Atlanta Symphony, conducted by Donald Runnicles, will perform Mahler's Tenth Symphony (Cooke version) on November 1 and 3.

Event Date: Nov-13-2018
Title: David Briggs: organ transcription of Symphony No 6
Location: Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York
Tuesday, 13 November, 7:30 pm

Great Organ: David Briggs. David Briggs performs his own transcription of Symphony No.6  in A minor by Gustav Mahler, fully demonstrating the Great Organ's portray a truly kaleidoscopic sonic palette, in a massive sound world which, in combination with the overwhelming acoustics of the Cathedral, could be described as wholly transcendent.

There will be a ticket pre-concert talk by David Briggs, with wine and canapés at 6:30 pm.
For tickets and full details:

Event Date: Nov-13-2018
Title: Latvian Radio Choir
Location: Church of St. Mary the Virgin, NYC
Description: Part of Lincoln Center's White Light Festival.  Program includes two Mahler songs, and the Adagietto from the Fifth Symphony, arranged for choir.

Event Date: Nov-15-2018
Title: Boston Symphony: Symphony No. 5
Location: Symphony Hall, Boston, MA
Description: The Boston Symphony, conducted by Andris Nelsons, performs Mahler's Fifth Symphony, on November 15, 16m and 17. 

Event Date: Nov-19-2018
Title: Boston Symphony: Symphony No. 5
Location: Carnegie Hall, NYC
Description: The Boston Symphony, conducted by Andris Nelsons, performs Mahler's Fifth Symphony, on November 19.

Event Date: Dec-04-2018
Title: GMSNY presents a Leonard Bernstein retrospective
Location: National Opera Center, 330 Seventh Avenue, New York

The Gustav Mahler Society of New York presents

“Bernstein’s Mahler”

a retrospective of Leonard Bernstein’s Mahler performances,

in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth.


December 4, 2018, 8pm, at the National Opera Center,

330 Seventh Avenue (between 28th and 29th streets)


The program will include audio and visual excerpts from performances of the symphonies and songs. Passages from the symphonies will be played and compared with other noted Mahler conductors. Also included will be excerpts from Bernstein’s Mahler lectures and musical rehearsals. The discussion, with commentator and Musical America Editor Sedgwick Clark and GMSNY President Lewis Smoley, will focus on the various ways in which Bernstein changed the general perspective on Mahler’s music, and the special characteristics of his interpretations. The evening will conclude with a Q&A session, and refreshments will be available.



GMSNY members and guests are invited to attend at no charge; non-members $10 at the door.

Event Date: Dec-06-2018
Title: National Symphony: Symphony No. 1
Location: Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
Description: The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, performs Mahler's First Symphony on December 6, 8 and 9m.

Event Date: Dec-17-2018
Title: Thomas Oliemans, Baritone, recital
Location: Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, NYC

Baritone Thomas Oliemans and pianist Malcolm Martineau present a program of songs by Mahler and Duparc, on Monday, December 17 and Wednesday, December 19, at 7:30pm.

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