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      The Many Varieties of Mahler Madness


      Photo courtesy of the LA Times

      It's easy to be overwhelmed by Mahler Madness.

      Even before we launched the Mad About Mahler campaign - in which we encourage Mahler fans from all over the world to "show us their Mahler" - people around the offices had been referring to "Mahler Madness" as if it were some sort new malady. And, in many ways, it resembled that - for some, it was all we thought about. The Mahler Project. Mahler 8 at the Shrine. The upcoming trip to Venezuela. LA Phil LIVE.

      The point at which one succumbed to Mahler Madness was the point where it became difficult to separate oneself from the WORK of putting on The Mahler Project and being able to remember that the ultimate goal here was the creation of music.

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      Part of the Musical Family

      Saludos a todos!

      Bienvenido al ciclo Mahler!!

      Performing all of the Mahler symphonies in a three-week span in the world of classical music is something very unique and really amazing. Though I have conducted some of them, for me it is a great experience to have the opportunity to study all of the symphonies and to be assisting Gustavo Dudamel in this big project.

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      Mad About Mahler!

      This probably won't come as a surprise to many, but Gustavo Dudamel is mad about Mahler.

      So...can you understand where Gustavo is coming from? Do you wake up with a Mahler symphony in your head? Have you written a blog post about his music or a poem celebrating the composer? Or are you, like so many others, just discovering his work but somehow aware that Mahler's music is special?

      Whatever stage of Mahler madness you're at - Mahler newbie, Mahler lover or Mahler maniac - Gustavo and we here at the LA Phil would like you to do something for us.

      We want you to show us your Mahler.

      It's easy enough to do.

      You can tweet about your experience with Mahler using the hashtag #MahlerProject.

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      A Thousand Words, Part II – Getting the Shrine Ready

      Mahler in LA


      Gustav Mahler, at center, influenced LA more than most people know; his friends and devotees with connections to LA included (clockwise from top left) his wife Alma; and composers/conductors Otto Klemperer, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Max Steiner, Arnold Schoenberg and Bruno Walter.

      More than midway through The Mahler Project, not much has been talked yet about Mahler in Los Angeles.

      Mahler in Los Angeles? He never set foot on the West Coast, much as he would have liked to. As conductor of the New York Philharmonic, Mahler invented orchestral touring and visited 12 cities in the Northeastern U.S. in 1909-10. Had he lived longer, he might have made it out West and maybe to Los Angeles.

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