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13th ANNUAL BARD MUSIC FESTIVAL CELEBRATES THE MUSICAL WORLD OF GUSTAV MAHLER OVER TWO WEEKENDS IN AUGUST Twelve Concerts, Panels, Film Screenings, and Other Special Events August 9-11 and August 16-18 Explore Mahler's Works, World, and Influence

Mark Primoff
845-758-7412
primoff@bard.edu
06-18-2002

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -The 13th annual Bard Music Festival, Mahler and His World, will explore the musical world of composer Gustav Mahler (1860-1911). Taking place over two weekends, August 9-11 and August 16-18, 2002, on Bard College's scenic Hudson River Valley campus, Mahler and His World presents 12 concerts, complemented by a variety of discussions, preconcert talks, film screenings, and other special events, all designed to bring Mahler's musical world and legacy vibrantly to life for concertgoers.

Codirected by Leon Botstein and Robert Martin, Mahler and His World will consider the composer's music in the context of his contemporaries, bringing together a broad range of genres, including orchestral and chamber music, song repertoire, and folk music and dance. Programs will focus on such topics as "Mahler and Twentieth-Century Music," "Bruckner and the Circle around Brahms," and "Crossing Boundaries and Genres: The Tradition of the German Art Song." Featured alongside Mahler's music will be works by his conservatory friends Hans Rott and Hugo Wolf, as well as contemporaries Richard Strauss, Hans Pfitzner, and Alexander Zemlinsky. Works by Bruckner, Brahms, Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern will be placed in the context of Mahler's career, and audiences can hear seldom-performed works by Bruno Walter, Felix Weingartner, and Alma Mahler.

Festival highlights include a performance of Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with chamber ensemble, arranged by Arnold Schoenberg, and two consecutive programs coupling an afternoon performance of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, featuring mezzo-soprano Nancy Maultsby and tenor John Horton Murray, with an evening performance of the Symphony No. 2-a pairing originally programmed by Bruno Walter and performed in a 1911 memorial concert for Mahler.

Programs on "The Folk Tradition" and "Popular Music in Vienna at the Turn of the Century" will give concertgoers a rare opportunity to hear live performances of popular and folk music from the late 19th and early 20thcenturies, ranging from Viennese operetta and popular song to Schrammel music, rural Moravian and Bohemian music, and examples of Jewish music from Vienna and the Habsburg empire. The Festival will close on Sunday, August 18, with the program "Mahler's Grand Vindication: Symphony No. 8 (Symphony of a Thousand)," with Heather Buck, soprano; Janice Chandler, soprano; Dean Elzinga, bass-baritone; John Horton Murray, tenor; Turid Karlsen, soprano; Marietta Simpson, mezzo-soprano; Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano; and Leon Williams, baritone. In addition to its roster of acclaimed soloists and ensembles, Mahler and His World features the American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein.

During the second weekend the Festival will present a symposium entitled "Mahler's Vienna." As with past festivals, Princeton University Press will release a collection of essays and articles by noted scholars at the start of the festival. This season's volume, Mahler and His World, is edited by Karen Painter of Harvard University.

The Bard Music Festival was established in 1990 as an annual two-week music event on Bard's 600-acre campus overlooking the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains. Recitals and chamber concerts take place in Bard's intimate, 370-seat Olin Hall and in the Chapel of the Holy Innocents. Orchestra concerts are presented in an 800-seat acoustical tent on the campus. Beginning in 2003, orchestra concerts will be held in the College's new performing arts center designed by architect Frank O. Gehry. Bard College is located 90 miles north of New York City and is readily accessible by train or car.

Individual concert tickets are $25.00 and $30.00. Festival subscriptions are available at a 20% discount. For ticket and program information, call the box office at 845-758-7456; write to the Bard Music Festival, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000; or visit the Bard Music Festival website at www.bard.edu/bmf.

[Note to editors: Photographs are available by request. Call 845-758-7412 or email primoff@bard.edu.]

PROGRAM:

BARD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2002: MAHLER AND HIS WORLD

August 9-11, 2002, August 16-18, 2002

WEEKEND ONE, AUGUST 9-11

PROGRAM ONE: Friday, August 9

Gustav Mahler: An Introduction
8:00 p.m. Preconcert talk: Leon Botstein
8:30 p.m. Performance
Olin Auditorium

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911)
From Five Songs on Poems by Friedrich Rückert (1901-04)
Blick mir nicht in die Lieder
Ich atmet' einen linden Duft
Um Mitternacht
Nancy Maultsby, mezzo-soprano; Dennis Helmrich, piano

From Des Knaben Wunderhorn (1892-98)
Wer hat das Liedlein erdacht?
Nancy Maultsby, mezzo-soprano; Dennis Helmrich, piano

Piano Quartet Fragment in A Minor (?1876)
Nicht zu schnell.
Julie Rosenfeld, violin; Marka Gustavsson, viola; Diane Chaplin, cello; Jeremy Denk, piano

Sigismond THALBERG (1812-1871)
Fantasia on Themes from Bellini's Norma, Op. 12 (c. 1834)
Jeremy Denk, piano

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896), Gustav MAHLER
From Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, arr. for piano duet (1872-73; arr. 1880)
Scherzo
Jeremy Denk, piano; Melvin Chen, piano

J. S. BACH (1685-1750), Gustav MAHLER
Suite from Orchestral Works (arr. 1910)
Overture (from Suite No. 2 in B Minor)
Rondeau and Badinerie (from Suite No. 2 in B Minor)
Air (from Suite No. 3 in D Major)
Gavotte No. 1 and 2 (from Suite No. 3 in D Major)
Bard Festival Chamber Players; Leon Botstein, conductor, Karen and David Kates Chair, Bard Music Festival

Gustav MAHLER
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (1884-85; rev. 1891-96; arr. Schoenberg, 1919)
Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht
Ging heut' morgen übers Feld
Ich hab' ein glühend' Messer
Die zwei blauen Augen
Leon Williams, baritone; Bard Festival Chamber Players, Leon Botstein, conductor, Karen and David Kates Chair, Bard Music Festival

PANEL ONE: Saturday, August 10, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Images of Gustav Mahler
Bertelsmann Campus Center, Room 141, First Floor
Karen Painter, chair; Stanley Cavell, Carl Schorske, Michael P. Steinberg

PROGRAM TWO: Saturday, August 10

Crossing Boundaries and Genres: The Tradition of the German Art Song
1:30 p.m. Performance with Commentary by Christopher Gibbs
Olin Auditorium

Gustav MAHLER
Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt, from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (1892-98) (Brentano, Arnim)
Ging heut' morgens übers Feld, from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (1883-85; rev. 1891-96) (Mahler)
Stephen Salters, baritone; Dennis Helmrich, piano

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Heidenröslein, Op. 3, No. 3, D257 (1815) (Goethe)
Du bist die Ruh', Op. 59, No. 3, D776 (1823) (Rückert)
Der Tod und das Mädchen, Op. 7, No. 3, D531 (1817) (Claudius)
Stephen Salters, baritone; Dennis Helmrich, piano

From String Quartet in D Minor, D810 (1824), "Der Tod und das Mädchen"
Andante con moto
Colorado Quartet

Carl LOEWE (1796-1869)
Hochzeitslied, Op. 20, No. 1 (1832) (Goethe)
Kleiner Haushalt, Op. 71 (1838) (Rückert)
Stephen Salters, baritone; Dennis Helmrich, piano

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856)
Widmung, Op. 25, No. 1 (1840) (Rückert)
Die beiden Grenadiere, Op. 49, No. 1 (1840) (Heine)
Stephen Salters, baritone; Dennis Helmrich, piano

Hugo WOLF (1860-1903)
Anakreons Grab (1888) (Goethe)
Der Rattenfänger (1888) (Goethe)
Stephen Salters, baritone; Dennis Helmrich, piano

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Regenlied, Op. 59, No. 3 (1873) (Groth)
Stephen Salters, baritone; Dennis Helmrich, piano

From Sonata No. 1 for Piano and Violin in G Major, Op. 78 (1878-79)
Allegro molto moderato
Julie Rosenfeld, violin; Dennis Helmrich, piano

Selected Folksongs
Da unten im Tale, WoO 33, No. 6 (1893-94)
Trennung, Op. 97, No. 5 (1885)
Stephen Salters, baritone; Dennis Helmrich, piano

Gustav MAHLER
Urlicht (1892)
Elisabeth Canis, soprano; Dennis Helmrich, piano

PROGRAM THREE: Saturday, August 10

A Premiere in Retrospect: The Pairing of Das Lied von der Erde and Symphony No. 2
4:30 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Stephen McClatchie
5:00 p.m. Performance: American Symphony Orchestra; Leon Botstein, conductor, Karen and David Kates Chair, Bard Music Festival
Festival Tent

Gustav MAHLER
Das Lied von der Erde (1908-09) (poems adapted from the Chinese by H. Bethge)
Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde
Der Einsame im Herbst
Von der Jugend
Von der Schönheit
Der Trunkene im Frühling
Der Abschied
Nancy Maultsby, mezzo-soprano; John Horton Murray, tenor

PROGRAM FOUR: Saturday, August 10

A Premiere in Retrospect
8:30 p.m. Performance: New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, music director; American Symphony Orchestra; Leon Botstein, conductor, Karen and David Kates Chair, Bard Music Festival
Festival Tent

Gustav MAHLER
Symphony No. 2 (1888-94, rev. 1903)
Allegro maestoso
Andante moderato
In ruhig fliessender Bewegung
Urlicht (from Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
Wild herausfahrend (Klopstock and Mahler)
Jane Jennings, soprano; Elisabeth Canis, mezzo-soprano

PROGRAM FIVE: Sunday, August 11

Folk Tradition
10:00 a.m. Performance with Commentary by Michael Beckerman
Olin Auditorium
This special narrated performance of folk and popular songs in German and Czech will illustrate the various styles of music that surrounded Mahler in his youth. In Folk Tradition, listeners will become acquainted with the issues of appropriation, borrowing, and assimilation from the written and oral traditions.

PROGRAM SIX: Sunday, August 11

Bruckner and the Circle around Brahms
1:00 p.m. Preconcert Talk: William Carragan
1:30 p.m. Performance
Olin Auditorium

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Two Songs, Op. 91 (1884, 1863-64)
Gestillte Sehnsucht (Rückert)
Geistliches Wiegenlied (Geibel, after Lope de Vega)
Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano; Nardo Poy, viola; Melvin Chen, piano

Ignaz BRÜLL (1846-1907)
From Songs, op. 5 (186?)
Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano; Melvin Chen, piano

Robert FUCHS (1847-1927)
From Sieben Phantasiestücke, Op. 57, for violin, viola, and piano (1897)
Erica Kiesewetter, violin; Nardo Poy, viola; Melvin Chen, piano

Robert VOLKMANN (1815-1883)
Piano Trio in B-flat Minor, Op. 5 (1849)
Largo
Ritornell
Allegro con brio
Jasmine Lin, violin; Sophie Shao, cello; Jeremy Denk, piano

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896)
Quintet in F Major, Op. 112 (1878-79)
Gemässigt. Moderato
Scherzo. Schnell-Trio. Langsamer
Adagio
Finale. Lebhaft bewegt
Laurie Smukler, violin; Patricia Sunwoo, violin; Francesca Martin, viola; Marka Gustavsson, viola; Robert Martin, cello

PROGRAM SEVEN: Sunday, August 11
Mahler and Friends
4:30 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Robert Martin
5:00 p.m. Performance
Olin Auditorium

Hans ROTT (1858-1884)
String Quartet in C Minor (1879-80)
Sehr langsam-Allegro
Adagio
Scherzo
Finale
Hugo Wolf Quartet

Songs on Poems by Johann Wolfgang Goethe, for bass-baritone and piano (1876) [World Premiere]
Geistesgruß
Wanderers Nachtlied
Dean Elzinga, bass-baritone; Dennis Helmrich, piano

Gustav MAHLER
Drei Lieder, for tenor and piano (1880) (Mahler)
Im Lenz
Winterlied
Maitanz im Grünen
John Horton Murray, tenor; Dennis Helmrich, piano

Fünf Lieder, for voice and piano (1880-87)
Frühlingsmorgen (Leander)
Erinnerung (Leander)
Hans und Grete (Mahler)
Serenade aus Don Juan (de Molina)
Phantasie aus Don Juan (de Molina)
Jane Jennings, soprano; Dennis Helmrich, piano

Hugo WOLF (1860-1903)
String Quartet in D Minor (1878-84)
Grave-Leidenschaftlich bewegt
Scherzo. Resolut
Langsam
Sehr lebhaft
Hugo Wolf Quartet

WEEKEND TWO: AUGUST 16-18

SYMPOSIUM: Friday, August 16
Mahler's Vienna
10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Bertelsmann Campus Center, Room 141, First Floor
Stuart Feder, chair; Morten Solvik, Stephan Koja, John Maciuika

Mahler in Film
Bertelsmann Campus Center, Weis Cinema
Mahler and his music have been objects of fascination and sources of inspiration to many filmmakers. The cinematic representations of the composer and his work are revealing reflections of the many clichés surrounding him. These films, including Death in Venice (Visconti), and Mahler (Russell), illustrate how Mahler and his music have become prisms through which we view art and culture. Films will be screened at various times throughout the festival. See program book for times.

PROGRAM EIGHT: Friday, August 16

The Composer's Own Context: Framing Symphony No. 6
7:30 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Vera Micznik
8:00 p.m. Performance: American Symphony Orchestra; Leon Botstein, conductor, Karen and David Kates Chair, Bard Music Festival
Festival Tent

Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949)
Burleske, for piano and orchestra (1885-86)
Todd Crow, piano

Richard STRAUSS
Hymnus, Op. 33, No. 3 (1896-97) (Schiller)

Felix WEINGARTNER (1863-1942)
Stille der Nacht, Op. 35, No. 2 (1905) (Keller)

Hugo WOLF (1860-1903)
Er ist's (1888; orch. 1890) (Mörike)
Elisabeth Canis, mezzo-soprano

Gustav MAHLER
Symphony No. 6 in A Minor (1903-05; rev. 1906-07)
Allegro energico, ma non troppo
Scherzo. Wuchtig
Andante moderato
Finale. Allegro moderato

PANEL TWO: Saturday, August 17

Mahler and the Jewish Question
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Bertelsmann Campus Center, Room 141, First Floor
Philip Bohlman, Charles S. Maier, and others

PROGRAM NINE: Saturday, August 17

Mahler's Contemporaries
1:00 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Erik Ryding
1:30 p.m. Performance
Olin Auditorium

Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957)
Kyllikki, Op. 41, for piano (1904)
Largamente
Andantino
Commodo
Siiri Schütz, piano

Bruno WALTER (1876-1962)
From String Quartet in D Major (1903)
Adagio
Colorado Quartet

Josef Bohuslav FOERSTER (1859-1951)
Wind Quintet, Op. 95 (1909)
Imani Winds

Franz SCHMIDT (1874-1939)
Drei kleine Fantasiestücke, for cello and piano, after Hungarian National Melodies (1892)
Allegretto
Allegretto con moto
Allegro vivace
Sophie Shao, cello; Mariko Kaneda, piano

Hans PFITZNER (1869-1949)
Piano Quintet, Op. 23 (1908)
Allegro, ma non troppo
Intermezzo. Mit ruhiger Grazie
Adagio
Gemächlich bewegt (Allegretto commodo)
Colorado Quartet; Mariko Kaneda, piano

Illustrated Talk: Mahler in New York
Saturday, August 17, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Olin Language Center, Room 115
Speaker: Barbara Haws

PROGRAM TEN: Saturday, August 17

Popular Music in Vienna at the Turn of the Century
8:00 p.m. Performance with Commentary by Morten Solvik
Olin Auditorium
One of the hallmarks of Mahler's musical language is its propensity to emulate the popular style. This program will present a wide variety of this music, allowing the audience to experience firsthand the incredibly rich assortment of musical types, melodies, and sonorities that so often inspired Mahler. We turn to the popular music of Vienna at the turn of the 20th-century. Here, in the marches, operettas, Wienerlieder, waltzes, landler, Schrammelmusik, and part songs heard on the street, in cafés, at wine taverns ("Heuriger"), in military parades, at barracks, and in the dance halls, are the sounds of everyday life that Mahler incorporated in so many of his works.

PANEL THREE: Sunday, August 18
Mahler and Twentieth-Century Music
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Bertelsmann Campus Center, Room 141, First Floor
Richard Wilson, chair; Martin Bresnick, Bernard Rands, Augusta Read Thomas

PROGRAM ELEVEN: Sunday, August 18

Modernism in Vienna
1:00 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Marilyn McCoy
1:30 p.m. Performance
Olin Auditorium

Alexander ZEMLINSKY(1871-1942)
Fantasien über Gedichte von Richard Dehmel, Op. 9, for piano (c1898)
Stimme des Abends
Waldseligkeit
Liebe
Käferlied
Siiri Schütz, piano

Joseph MARX (1882-1964)
Der Ton (1910) (Hamsun)
Japanisches Regenlied (1909) (anonym.)
Leon Williams, baritone; Dennis Helmrich, piano

Conrad ANSORGE (1862-1930)
From Acht Lieder, Op. 10 (1896)
Helle Nacht (Dehmel, after Verlaine)
Schenk ein (Holz)
Leon Williams, baritone; Dennis Helmrich, piano

Alma MAHLER (1879-1964)
From Fünf Lieder (1910)
Laue Sommernacht (Falke)
Bei dir ist es traut (Rilke)
Leon Williams, baritone; Dennis Helmrich, piano

Gustav MAHLER
From Five Songs on Poems by Friedrich Rückert (1901-04)
Liebst Du um Schönheit
Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano; Dennis Helmrich, piano

Alban BERG (1885-1935)
Four Pieces, Op. 5, for clarinet and piano (1913)
Allegro
Adagio
Scherzo. Trio
Rondo Finale
Laura Flax, clarinet; Siiri Schütz, piano

Anton WEBERN (1883-1945)
Drei kleine Stücke, Op. 11, for cello and piano (1914)
Mäßige Achtel
Sehr bewegt
Äußerst ruhig
Sophie Shao, cello; Siiri Schütz, piano

Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951)
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10 (1907-08)
Mäßig (Moderato)
Sehr rasch
Litanei (George)
Entrückung (George)
Courtenay Budd, soprano; Laurie Smukler, violin; Patricia Sunwoo, violin; Hsin-yun Huang, viola; Robert Martin, cello

PROGRAM TWELVE: Sunday, August 18

Mahler's Grand Vindication: Symphony No. 8
4:30 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Karen Painter
5:00 p.m. Performance: Newark Boys Chorus, Donald C. Morris, music director; New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, music director; American Symphony Orchestra; Leon Botstein, conductor, Karen and David Kates Chair, Bard Music Festival
Festival Tent

Gustav MAHLER
Symphony No. 8 ("Symphony of a Thousand") (1906-07)
Hymnus: "Veni, Creator Spiritus"
Finale scene of Goethe's Faust
Magna Peccatrix.........Turid Karlsen, soprano
Una poenitentium........Janice Chandler, soprano
Mater glorioso............Heather Buck, soprano
Mulier Samaritana......Marietta Simpson, mezzo-soprano
Maria Aegyptiaca........Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano
Doctor Marianus.........John Horton Murray, tenor
Pater ecstaticus...........Leon Williams, baritone
Pater profundus..........Dean Elzinga, bass-baritone

Program subject to change

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(June 18, 2002)

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