In 1988, performances of Mahler symphonies were the
exception rather than the rule; one was likely to
hear only the popular First and Fourth Symphonies
with all but the major orchestras. Thus came the
idea to create a festival dedicated first to the
performance and study of the entire repertoire and
life of Mahler, and secondly to the devoted
musicians and scholars who creatively share
Mahler's vision of the world, of life, and of
Perhaps most gratifying is the fact that the
Colorado MahlerFest has become event propelled,
driven by the artistic spirit which dwells in all
its creative participants to be a part of the
unique, "once-in-a-lifetime" experience.
About Colorado MahlerFest
Dedicated amateur and professional musicians from
orchestras around the world gather to create the
Colorado MahlerFest Orchestra, and perform what are
generally considered the greatest (and most
difficult) symphonic creations in the repertoire.
In 2005, the International Gustav Mahler Society of
Vienna awarded Colorado MahlerFest its rarely
bestowed Mahler Gold Medal.
MahlerFest was honored alongside the New York
Philharmonic, joining such past recipients as
the Vienna Philharmonic and Leonard Bernstein.
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