Symphonies Under the Stars: L.A. Philharmonic Performs Mahler
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The last date listed for L.A. Philharmonic Performs Mahler was Tuesday August 23, 2005 / 8:00pm.
Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic; Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Ives: Three Places in New England
Mahler: Symphony No. 5
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Leonard Slatkin combines the roles of internationally celebrated conductor, staunch advocate for music education, and champion of American music and musicians.
His 60th birthday – being celebrated internationally – provides the focus for the launch of his ninth season as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra.
Throughout his career, he has been praised by critics and audiences around the world for his imaginative programming and interpretations of a vast range of repertoire, and those musical aspects have been particularly prominent in his years with the National Symphony. His tenure has included highly lauded European, Asian, and US tours; numerous national broadcasts; and intriguing themed festivals – among them Soundtracks and Journey to America — drawing national attention. Other distinctions include a White House celebration honoring the Orchestra and Mr. Slatkin for advocacy of America’s artistic heritage; a Grammy for Best Classical Recording, awards for programming, and the National Medal of the Arts, the nation’s highest honor for a performing artist.
Born: 1860, Kalischt, Bohemia
Died: 1911, Vienna, Austria
Period: Late Romantic
“Only when I experience do I compose — only when I compose do I experience.” — Mahler
Gustav Mahler’s instrument was the orchestra. In his own lifetime he was best known as a powerful and reforming conductor, working as director of the Vienna Opera for ten years and then at the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera near the end of his life. He wrote no concertos, concentrating on large-scale orchestral works and songs. The extravagant emotional range of these works disturbed many of Mahler’s contemporaries, but that cathartic tension and passion has since endeared him to a large audience.
Charles Ives, composer
Born: 1874, Danbury, Connecticut
Died: 1954, New York, New York
Period: Early 20th-century
“The future of music may not lie entirely with itself, but rather in the way it encourages and extends the aspirations and ideas of the people, in the way it makes itself a part with the finer things that humanity does and dreams of.”
Although trained as an organist and composer, Ives sold insurance for 30 years, amassing the means to begin self-publishing his own pioneering music in the 1920s. Ives combined elements of the European classical tradition, American folk songs and hymns, and his own innovations in harmony, rhythm, and form to create an utterly personal, yet distinctively American, idiom.