New York Philharmonic's Digital Festival, Mahler's New York, to feature Leonard Bernstein Videos
Posted April 15, 2020
The New York Philharmonic will present Mahler's New York: A Digital Festival - a two-week celebration of the composer / conductor who spent time in New York as the Philharmonic's tenth Music Director (1909-11) - April 16-30, 2020, at nyphil.org/mahlerny.
The festival will feature seven video broadcasts, audio of the complete symphonies, an archival exhibit, a virtual walking tour, the all-day Mahler Grooves celebration, recipes, and education materials. Philharmonic musicians will appear in video introductions to each of the ten symphonies and in performances from their homes. To approximate the experience of a live, in-person festival, content will be released over the course of the two weeks; a complete schedule is available here.
VIDEO BROADCASTS ON FACEBOOK AND YOUTUBE
The Philharmonic will present seven Mahler-related video broadcasts during the festival, all available through nyphil.org/mahlerny:
Saturday, April 25, 2:00 p.m. EDT (available for 24 hours)
The Philharmonic, Unitel, CBS, and The Leonard Bernstein Office will co-present a rebroadcast of A Toast to Vienna in 3/4 Time, a Young People’s Concert hosted by then Music Director Leonard Bernstein and featuring Christa Ludwig and Walter Berry, televised in December 1967. The episode paid tribute to the Philharmonic’s “fraternal orchestra,” the Vienna Philharmonic, founded the same year.
Thursday, April 30, 7:30 p.m. EDT (available for 24 hours)
The festival will conclude with the first-ever rebroadcast of the historic 1963 telecast of Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, led by then Music Director Leonard Bernstein in tribute to JFK, two days after the assassination. It marked the first televised performance of the Resurrection symphony and began a long tradition of performing music by Mahler during times of national mourning. Bernstein led the Philharmonic in the Adagietto from Mahler's Symphony No. 5 at Robert Kennedy's funeral in 1968, and Pierre Boulez (who later became Music Director) conducted the same movement in recognition of President Eisenhower's death in 1969. In 2011 former Music Director Alan Gilbert led Mahler's Resurrection Symphony in A Concert for New York to mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11; medici.tv will make this concert available free for 48 hours, April 28-30.