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Mahler / 12.05.2010
The year 2010 marks the 150th anniversary of Gustav Mahler's birth (1860 to 1911). As composer and director of the Vienna Court Opera, Mahler strongly influenced the music scene in Vienna at the end of the 19th century. He was an important forerunner of 20th century composers around the globe. There will be many events in Vienna throughout the year for anyone who is interested in Gustav Mahler's works and life.
The exhibition "Gustav Mahler and Vienna" will be shown at the Austrian Theatre Museum from 11 March until 3 October 2010. The exhibition focuses on Vienna's role in the life of Gustav Mahler. It will also show Mahler's influence on Vienna from his time as director of the Vienna Court Opera until today.
The Vienna State Opera Museum focuses on Mahler's time as director of the Vienna Court Opera. He introduced a number of changes such as the dimming of lights in the auditorium during the overture. People who were late had to wait until the next break before they could take their seats in the auditorium. Before that people would move in and out of the auditorium, and eat, drink and chat during the performance.
The Haus der Musik dedicates a separate room to Mahler on the third floor where they present the Great Masters of Viennese Music Tradition. The archives of the Society of Friends of Music in Vienna and of the Arnold Schönberg Center are also rich sources of information for Mahler enthusiasts.
There will be a large number of Gustav Mahler concerts at Musikverein and Konzerthaus throughout the year. Five performances of the 5th symphony by the Vienna Philharmonic will be the highlight at the Musikverein in May 2010. Bertrand de Billy will conduct Mahler's 8th symphony ("Symphony of a Thousand") at the Konzerthaus on 25 and 27 March 2010. There will also be many concerts on occasion of the exhibition "Gustav Mahler and Vienna” from March to October 2010: Concert dates at the Theatre Museum (German).