Story posted April 07, 2008
Steven Cerf, George Lincoln Skolfield Jr. Professor of German, has been invited to deliver a pre-concert lecture at New York City's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Sunday, April 13, 2008.
The talk, "The Composer's Workshop: Mahler's Mining Himself for his Original First Symphony," will be given before a concert in which the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra will perform conductor Osmo Vanska's interpretation of Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D Major.
"I'll discuss the role of the original second movement of the symphony, which is being performed that afternoon," says Cerf. "I'll also discuss why this movement was dropped by Mahler and why a contemporary orchestra such as the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra is performing it."
Cerf says he'll also be talking about the original literary program Mahler attached to the symphony and its relationship to the music.
Cerf's lecture begins at 1:45 p.m., at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, The Rose Building, 10th Floor, 65th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. The concert begins at 3 p.m. at Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall. Tickets are required. For more information visit Lincoln Center's Web site.