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Next Meeting - Sat Nov 15 2014

In our next meeting on Nov 15, we will continue with our series to profile conductors with significant contribution in promoting Mahler's music.
This time, we are going to feature Leonard Bernstein. A presentation will be made on Leonard Bernstein noting his roles as pianist, educator, composer, and most importantly, conductor.
Visits to bits of Shostakovich, Brahms, Elgar and Mahler will be featured in audio and video clips.

On the second half, we will have a presentation on the Danish composer Carl Nielsen to coincide with Toronto Symphony Orchestra 3 concert series of Nielsen symphonies in November. There will be a brief introduction to his life and his contribution to the symphony repertoire in 20th century, we will also feature his 6 symphonies with audio/video demonstration in particular his No. 2 "The four temperaments", 4 "The inextinguishable" and 5 which TSO will present in the concerts.

DATE : Saturday November 15, 2014
TIME : 2-4pm
LOCATION : Locke Library - 3083 Yonge Street (Yonge/Lawrence SE corner)
Locke Library is just right at TTC Lawrence Station
Limited parking available at the library, street parking available around the library.
FEE : Free for paid Toronto Mahler Society member, $5 for other guest
Refreshment will be provided during break.

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TSO Nielsen/Beethoven concerts:


Previoys TMS Meeting - 2014

The first meeting of 2014 took place on Saturday, February 1st at Metro Hall. There were over 20 attendees.

Patrick Lam was first on the agenda and presented an interactive lecture on Mahler’s 7th Symphony, in anticipation of the performance of that symphony by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto on February 12th.  Patrick played a number of excerpts during his presentation, asking for and getting audience participation.  As most attendees plan to attend the MSO performance, this presentation gave them a better idea of what to listen for on the 12th.

The next item on the agenda was a new idea, presentations of recent recordings by society members.

Larry Isaacson went first with his presentation of Mahler 8 performed by the Bamberger Symphoniker conducted by Jonathan Nott. Larry explained what he likes in a good Mahler 8 and played examples from this performance. He concluded this was quite good.

Michael Schulman was next with his presentation of Ewa Podles, a Polish coloratura contralto who has had an active international career both on the opera stage and in recital. He played 2 items he found on the Internet, 1) ‘Urlicht’ from Mahler 2 and 2) a portion of Der Abschied from Das Lied von der Erde.

Jim Weaver was last, presenting video selections of Symphony 1. Jim relayed a story that he had to contact a vendor in Japan to get a recent Seiji Ozawa video.

The last item was an introduction to Nielsen’s 3rd Symphony, to be performed by the TSO under Thomas Daugaard later this month. The material was a short video featuring Maestro Dausgaard describing the symphony.


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