New York Philharmonic plans free 13-hour marathon of Bernstein’s Mahler symphony recordings

Posted on: February 7, 2018

The New York Philharmonic will present “Bernstein’s Mahler Marathon: The Sony Recordings” on February 25 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. Both Gustav Mahler and Leonard Bernstein were music directors of the Philharmonic. The free thirteen-hour marathon features Bernstein’s recordings with the Philharmonic of Mahler’s symphonies. Bernstein’s marked scores from the New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives will be projected in real time during the marathon, and music students and fans have volunteered to “page turn” the digital scores. Special guests will read from Bernstein’s writings on Mahler, and video clips of Bernstein talking about Mahler will be shown. The marathon’s emcee will be Fred Child, host of American Public Media’s classical-music radio show Performance Today and PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center. In addition, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center will present a “Bernstein/Mahler ‘Titan’ Training” on February 21 to prepare audience members for the marathon. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is currently hosting Leonard Bernstein at 100, a traveling exhibit from the New York Philharmonic Archives that includes Bernstein’s marked scores, scripts, photographs, videos, and the podium he used at summer concerts in the 1940s.

Posted February 7, 2018