The Theater Museum is celebrating the 150th birthday of the composer and conductor with “Gustav Mahler and Vienna” – and its reopening after renovation on 11 March 2010 in the Baroque Palais Lobkowitz near the Imperial Palace.
The event focuses not merely on the biography of Mahler, but more on the role that Vienna played for him. On the other hand, it shows the influence that Mahler had and has on Vienna, from his time as opera director to the imperial court until today.
The exhibition has a musical structure: three "movements" are framed by a prelude and a postlude. They are dedicated to various phases of his life:
including his youth and period of study in the fascinating city of Vienna with an illustrious, musical circle of friends, Mahler's "wandering years", which saw his breakthrough as a composer and conductor, his works as director of the Vienna Court Opera, his success in New York and the notable adoption of Mahler after his death.
Works, such as the famous 9 th symphony, and people, such his very important wife Alma - a real femme fatale - are also illuminated. The Theater Museum combines its own large inventory with loans from top Viennese institutions into a comprehensive overall presentation.
About a dozen concerts take place referring to the exhibition, performed by well-known artists like Marjana Lipovsek, Andrea Clausen, the Kreisler Trio or soloists of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
"Gustav Mahler and Vienna"
1., Lobkowitzplatz 2
U, tram, bus: Karlsplatz/Oper, U1, U3: Stephansplatz
Tel. (+43 1) 525 24-3460
EUR 6 instead of EUR 8
Tu-Su 10.00 am to 6.00 pm