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.
On Saturday, 3 July from 5 PM—8 PM you could experience the 1st Mahler Forum → live.
Mahler Forum for Music and Society Tracing Visions
Marina Mahler The Song of the Earth Project
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
Host and Introduction
Sunday, July 4, 2021
11:00 am – 02:00 pm
Gustav Mahler Composing Hut Maiernigg
Gustav-Mahler-Weg 10, 9073 Maiernigg
— 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 email@example.com by June 28, 2021 at the latest.