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October 1-4: Moving Sounds Festival 2018 'The Mahler Question'

September 13, 2018 | By Gail Wein
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"The Moving Sounds Festival means its title to be taken in every possible way. The works...are meant to be moving, if not always emotionally then viscerally or intellectually." - Allan Kozinn, The New York Times
Gustav Mahler
On October 1 - 4, 2018, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and the Argento New Music Project present The Moving Sounds Festival 2018. This year's festival explores the enormous influence of Gustav Mahler on contemporary music and culture. The performances are free and take place in New York City at the Austrian Cultural Forum (11 E. 52nd st.), St. Peter's Church (619 Lexington Avenue) and on the Music Mondays concert series at Advent Lutheran Church (2504 Broadway).
The 2018 edition of The Moving Sounds Festival features four programs of works inspired by Mahler and a panel discussion on his influence on contemporary music and culture. Aspects of Gustav and Alma Mahler's relationship are creatively explored by composers Patricia Alessandrini, Meaghan Burke, and Bernd Klug. Mahler's 9th symphony inspired key compositions by Taylor Brook and Oliver Schneller. Composers Jesse Jones and Gerhard Krammer respond to vocal works by Mahler, while pianist/composer Elisabeth Harnik performs a 30-minute improvisation inspired by Mahler's 1st Symphony. The Argento New Music Project, which will perform all ensemble works in the festival, interprets a new 2-movement version of Mahler's 10th symphony. Complete program details are below.
Founded in 2009 by the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and the Argento New Music Project, the Moving Sounds Festival explores the intersection of past traditions and today's cutting edge artistic developments. "Our goal is that artists and audiences alike leave the festival richer, more open, and less sheltered as a result of exposure to both familiar and unfamiliar art," says Michel Galante, Moving Sounds Co-founder, and Argento artistic director and conductor.
Moving Sounds Festival 2018
October 1 - 4
Austrian Cultural Forum New York and the Argento New Music Project presents:

"The Mahler Question"

Free Admission, reservations required or (212) 319 5300
Monday, October 1, 7:30 pm | Moving Sounds 2018 Opening Concert
Music Mondays - Advent Lutheran Church
Featured soloist, tenor Virgil Hartinger
Gustav Mahler/M. Galante - "Trinklied" from Das Lied von der Erde 
Taylor Brook - Arrhythmia - expanded  version
Jesse Jones - Threshold
Alma Mahler - drei lieder
Patricia Alessandrini - hommage à Alma Mahler * preview performance
Gustav Mahler/M. Galante  Symphony 10: Adagio and Scherzo/Finale
Tuesday, October 2, 8:00 pm | Emerging Austrians
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
Featured soloists, soprano Sharon Harms and clarinetist Carol McGonnell

Elisabeth Harnik - Kugelstein  II *US premiere
Bernd Klug and Meaghan Burke - New Work *world premiere
Manuela Meier - What you see, it is *NYC premiere
Wednesday, October 3, 7:00 pm | The Mahler Discussions - Panel Discussion
North of History Gallery
445 Columbus Ave at W 81st St., NYC
Columbia University lecturer Marilyn McCoy, author of "Gustav Mahler's Path to the New Music: Musical Time and Modernism," and Thomas Schäfer, the director of the Darmstadt Festival for Contemporary Music and author of "The model case of Mahler: compositional reception in contemporary music", join festival composers Elisabeth Harnik, Patricia Alessandrini, Oliver Schneller, Taylor Brook, Meaghan Burke and Bernd Klug in discussion.
Thursday, October 4, 1:00 pm | Lunchtime Concert
St. Peter's Church
Featured soloist, soprano Sharon Harms
Oliver Schneller - Clair-obscur
Gustav Mahler - selections from Rückert Lieder
Gerhard Krammer - selections from Rückert Lieder
Thursday, October 4, 7:30 pm | Mahler and Space
St. Peter's Church
Featured soloist, soprano Sharon Harms
Oliver Schneller - Clair-obscur
Gerhard Krammer - selections from Rückert Lieder
Elisabeth Harnik - inspiring the inspired *world premiere
September 20 | Nimikry

November (date TBA) | Piano performance and masterclass by Sergei Dreznin

With its architectural landmark building in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York is the cultural embassy of Austria in the United States. It hosts more than 100 free events annually and showcases Austrian contemporary art, music, literature, and academic thought in New York.
The Austrian Cultural Forum New York is located at 11 East 52nd Street (between Fifth and Madison Avenue). Admission to events is free, and reservations, via or (212) 319 5300, are required.
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