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Gewandhaus Festival: Mahler Festival 2021

13 to 24 May 2021

In May 2021, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig will be entirely dedicated to Gustav Mahler. A unique programme: All of his symphonies and other orchestral works will be performed by ten world-class orchestras in just twelve days in the city where Mahler became a symphonist. From 1886 to 1888 Mahler spent two pivotal years of his life in Leipzig, during which he set the course for his further career. Leipzig and the Gewandhaus Orchestra guarantee an authentic atmosphere. Ten years after the first Mahler Festival in 2011, Europe's top orchestras will once again present their individual interpretations of Mahler's symphonic universe of sound. The Gewandhaus Orchestra under the direction of its conductor Andris Nelsons will perform concerts with the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam together with their principal conductors in 14 orchestral concerts. Film and song recitals, special city tours focusing on the topic "Gustav Mahler in Leipzig" and many other events accompany the concerts.

Mahler Festival 2021 in Leipzig

The designated Gewandhaus conductor at a big Gewandhaus Orchestra concert at Leipzig's Gewandhaus in Augustusplatz in the city of music, cultural venue, sights
Gewandhaus conductor, Andris Nelsons © Jens Gerber

The Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig invites you to the Mahler Festival 2021 from 13th to 24th May 2021. There you can expect Mahler symphonies and other orchestral works interpreted by 10 world-class orchestras over 12 days. Get ready for first-class concerts!

Mahler in Leipzig?

Why did Mahler's time in Leipzig play such a decisive role in his life? The time Gustav Mahler spent in Leipzig had a huge impact on his artistic work. He evolved from a hard-working conductor to an internationally renowned composer. This development is attributed to Leipzig. The Leipzig Gewandhaus is organising the Mahler Festival 2021 to mark the 110th anniversary of Gustav Mahler's death.

Mahler Festival 2021

Concert Programme

13 May 2021 8 pm: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Andris Nelsons - Symphony No. 2 in C minor (Resurrection Symphony)

14 May 2021 11 am: City tour "Gustav Mahler in Leipzig" (DE/ENG)

14 May 2021 8 pm: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Andris Nelsons - Symphony No. 2 in C minor (Resurrection Symphony)

15 May 2021 11 am: City tour "Gustav Mahler in Leipzig" (DE/ENG)

15 May 2021 3 pm: Chamber music with the Gewandhaus Quartet - Works by Fuchs, Mahler, Zemlinsky

15 May 2021 8 pm: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Fabio Luisi - Songs on the Dead of Children, Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

15 May 2021 22:30: "Gustav Mahler in Film" - Film evening with Thomas Hampson 

16 May 2021 11:00 a.m.: London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle - Symphony No. 6 in A minor (tragic)

16 May 2021 11 am: City tour "Gustav Mahler in Leipzig" (DE/ENG)

16 May 2021 6 pm: Berliner Philharmoniker, Kirill Petrenko - Symphony No. 1 in D major

17 May 2021 8 pm: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Mariss Jansons, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks) - Symphony No. 3 in D minor

18 May 2021 8 pm: Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Daniele Gatti - Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major (completion by Deryck Cooke)

19 May 2021 8 pm: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Valery Gergiev - Symphony No. 4 in G major, The Song of the Earth

20 May 2021 8 pm: Vienna Philharmonic, Daniel Harding - Five Songs inspired by Friedrich Rückert's Poems, Symphony No. 1 in D major

21 May 2021 11 am: City tour "Gustav Mahler in Leipzig" (DE/ENG)

21 May 2021 8 pm: Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Andris Nelsons - Symphony No. 8 in E flat major (Symphony of a Thousand)

22 May 2021 11 am: City tour "Gustav Mahler in Leipzig" (DE/ENG)

22 May 2021 3 pm: Master class Thomas Hampson

22 May 2021 8pm: Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Antonio Pappano - Symphony No. 7 in E minor

22 May 2021 22:22: "Gustav Mahler in Film" - Film evening with Thomas Hampson 

23 May 2021 11 am: MDR Symphony Orchestra, Markus Stenz - Funeral Rites, Songs of a Wayfarer, Song of Lamentation - (revised version in two movements from 1898)

23 May 2021 8 pm: Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Andris Nelsons - Symphony No. 8 in E flat major (Symphony of a Thousand)

May 24, 2021 11 am: Song matinee with Thomas Hampson - pieces by Mahler, Zemlinsky, Schönberg and others 

24 May 2021 8 pm: Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Andris Nelsons - Symphony No. 8 in E flat major (Symphony of a Thousand)

 

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