From 8 through 17 May 2020, a unique festival will take place in and around The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. For the first time, the Mahler Festival will bring together four of the world’s finest orchestras: the New York Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic and our own Concertgebouworkest – all orchestras that Mahler himself conducted. Never before have these four orchestras worked together like this.
So that many more people can experience this once-in-a-lifetime festival, a huge pavilion will be built next to The Concertgebouw. The programming for this Mahler Pavilion has been announced. This pavilion is to be built on the Museumplein, which is next to The Concertgebouw. The Main Hall concerts can be heard inside and outside this pavilion via a live stream. The use of state-of-the art sound and image technology (including ten different camera positions) will give the concerts an extra dimension.
In addition to the live streams, a variety of events will take place in the Mahler Pavilion, such as pre-concert lectures (Mahler talks), films and documentaries related to Mahler (Mahler @The Movies), lunch concerts, and lectures by authoritative speakers from different disciplines about Mahler’s time (Mahlers Zeitgeist). During the first festival weekend there will be a two-day symposium organised, in association with the International Gustav Mahler Society Vienna and the Gustav Mahler Stichting Nederland, on the texts that Mahler used for his symphonies and songs. Food and drink will be provided by a Mahler Café and food trucks.
Ten short inspiring documentaries each have been commissioned from the production company MediaLane TV by The Concertgebouw, and partly financed by the Mahler Foundation. The documentaries – one for each symphony – provide background and context around the symphonies. They will be shown before each concert in the Main Hall and the live streams in the Mahler Pavilion.
Mahler and kids
Young audiences will also be introduced to Mahler’s work. The Concertgebouw is offering special Mahler lessons through its digital ‘123ZING’ programme, and in early February, a production entitled Me, Myself and Mahler will be attended by 4.000 schoolchildren age 10/11 in The Concertgebouw. During the late-spring school holiday, a series of family concerts, entitled Vreemde Vogels (‘Strange Birds’) will take place out in nature in accordance with Staatsbosbeheer (the Netherlands’ forest service) and the Nationale Park de Hoge Veluwe.
Mahler in the City
Other Amsterdam cultural institutions are participating in the Mahler Festival as well. Paradiso, the Rijksmuseum and Theater Bellevue will host concerts and theatrical performances. The Van Gogh Museum will organise lectures in the Mahler Pavilion about Mahler and his contemporaries, including Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka. The Rijksmuseum will provide a special exhibit called ‘Mahler and his Dutch friends’, a cabinet with photos from the estate of composer Alphons Diepenbrock, which will illustrate the depth of the special bond between Mahler, Mengelberg and other friends in the Netherlands.
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The 2020 Mahler Festival will take place from 8 through 17 May 2020. This is the third time The Concertgebouw’s has paid such a massive tribute to Gustav Mahler. The very first Mahler Festival took place precisely 100 years ago in Amsterdam, to celebrate Willem Mengelberg’s 25th anniversary as chief conductor of the Concertgebouworkest. The second Mahler Festival was held in 1995.
Sponsors, funds and partners
We are grateful to all of the many sponsors whose support has made the Mahler Pavilion possible. American Express is the proud Presenting Sponsor of the Mahler Festival. We are delighted with their help in enabling so many local and global music fans to enjoy Mahler's music.
The Concertgebouw would also like to thank the following companies for their support: Schiphol, Van Lanschot Kempen, Achmea, Arcadis, BAM, Bisnez, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Deloitte, EDGE, ING, KLM, LeasePlan, Q-Park, Randstad, Stibbe, Universal Edition, Vision Luxury Experiences, VolkerWessels, BeamSystems, BIZ, Da Capo Orchestral Audio en Van Gogh Museum.
Many funds have contributed to making Mahler’s Universe more accessible: Blockbusterfonds, BNG Cultuurfonds, Brook Foundation, De Weille Ogier, Hendrik Muller Fonds, Het Concertgebouw Fonds, Mahler Foundation, Mengelberg Stiftung, P.W. Janssen's Friesche Stichting, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Thurkow Fonds, Triodos Foundation, Turing Foundation, Zabawas, and various individuals have made particular contributions to the Mahler Festival.
Thanks to the Municipality of Amsterdam we can realize the Mahler Pavilon. The Mahler Festival media partners are the NPO, NTR and AVROTROS broadcasting networks.
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