The MahlerFest orchestra's 100-plus musicians come together from across the United States and other countries, mostly on a volunteer basis, for a week of intense music-making, drawn by their passion for Mahler's music. Maestro Olson, currently Director of Opera and Orchestras at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, returns to Colorado each year to lead the festival.
Colorado MahlerFest celebrates the life, music, and times of the great composer Gustav Mahler during a week-long festival, culminating in two orchestral performances of one of Mahler's major symphonic works. Originally envisioned to encompass a complete sequence of Mahler's symphonic compositions, MahlerFest is now in its third cycle and entering its 27th year, continuing to present all of Mahler's performable works.

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MahlerFest XXVII
May 15th through May 18th, 2014

Symphony No, 6 in a minor
Rückert-Lieder, with Abigail Nims, Mezzo-Soprano

Day-long symposium*
Two orchestral concerts
Visit our Audio page to hear excerpts of Mahler's Symphony No. 6 (performed during MahlerFest XVI).

Major funding provided by the Dietrich Foundation

*Download The Correct Movement Order in Mahler's Sixth Symphony, (Kaplan Foundation, 2004) and read "Undoing a 'Tragic' Mistake" by symposium presenter Jerry Bruck.