Mahler Forum

for Music
and Society

für Musik
und Gesellschaft

There is gonna be rain, I promise
—I, Nature

3.–4. July2021

The first Mahler Forum for Music and Society explores the ambivalent, often contradictory relationship between culture and nature, humankind and environment.

In light of the 21st century's global climate crisis, these are key issues of our time. The flawed underlying assumption here is that humans and culture are to be considered as separate from nature. The Mahler Forum sets out to investigate our deeply conflicted relationship with the world in and around us from the perspective of music and art.

Gustav Mahler’s artistic approach and oeuvre allow us to add ecology to the intricate fabric of interrelations in his music and to newly align and define our position in what we call “nature”. It has become clear that bare facts and numbers are unable to convince us that we, in fact, are nature.

The sound, visualization, and analysis we find in music, art, and literature could be a key in defining a new personal attitude. A recalibration of our relationships–including empathy, enthusiasm, and feelings–may become possible and can help us to once again hear the song in all things.

Live Stream
On Saturday, 3 July from 5 PM—8 PM you could experience the 1st Mahler Forum → live.

Saturday, July 3, 2021

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Künstlerhaus Klagenfurt

Goethepark 1, 9020 Klagenfurt


Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein
Mahler Forum for Music and Society
Tracing Visions

Marina Mahler
The Song of the Earth Project

Impuls Lecture

Andreas Weber
Die liebe Erde. Musik als Naturerscheinung (Our Dear Earth. Music as Nature Phenomenon)

Music, Thoughts and Talk

Panelists: Thomas Hampson, Morten Solvik, Ulrike Sych, Elisabeth von Samsonow, Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein and Andreas Weber.
Vocal works by Gustav Mahler performed by Thomas Hampson, Susan Zarrabi, Jeeyoung Lim, John Warner and members of the Orchestra for the Earth


Tanja Traxler

Host and Introduction

Morten Solvik

Sunday, July 4, 2021

11:00 am – 02:00 pm

Gustav Mahler Composing Hut Maiernigg
Gustav-Mahler-Weg 10, 9073 Maiernigg

Artistic Intervention

— I, Nature by Nataša Sienčnik


Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein
on Nataša Sienčnik’s — I, Nature


Morten Solvik
Steinbach, Maiernigg, Toblach – Mahler Composing in Nature


Orchestra for the Earth
Songs by Gustav Mahler (arranged for instrumental ensemble)


Thomas Lang
What we chase when we chase Moby-Dick

— I, Nature by Nataša Sienčnik is on view from July 4 – October 30, 2021.

All lectures and discussions will be held in German and streamed on the Mahler Foundation's social media channels.

Due to the restricted number of allowed visitors, we kindly ask you to register at by June 28, 2021 at the latest.
Free Entrance