Mahler in the Mountains



The Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies presents

Mahler in the Mountains

a concert inspired by Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3

curated by Stefan Hakenberg
Amelia Watkins, soprano
Justine Ledoux, mezzo-soprano
The Wirth Sinfonietta Edmonton
Petar Dundjerski , cond. 

About Mahler in the Mountains

Perhaps more than any other composer, Gustav Mahler sought inspiration in nature, spending his summers in the Austrian Alps where he crafted his monumental symphonies and songs.  These works are profound philosophical musings in sound that explore the very essence of the human experience as part of the eternal order of the natural world.  The Wirth Institute's Mahler in the Mountains project begins with Mahler's music and the power of nature, but relocates this music in the Canadian Rockies, a very different geographical and cultural context.  Mahler in the Mountains asks composers from Austria, Alberta and British Columbia not only to reimagine Mahler's music, but also to rethink the complex relationships between music, people and place.  

This multi-day concert event for chamber ensemble and vocal soloists--with performances in Edmonton, Canmore and Calgary--will consist of newly arranged versions of Mahler's orchestral songs, and the new work States of Matter by Stefan Hakenberg, based on Mahler's Third Symphony and setting texts by the Cree/Métis poet Marilyn Dumont.  These concerts will mark the premier of the Wirth Sinfonietta Edmonton under the baton of conductor Petar Dundjerski, with soprano Amelia Watkins and mezzo-soprano Justine Ledoux.

Music and Nature | An Essay about Gustav Mahler

Haruki Noda


Free concert line-up

Edmonton - May 16

5:00 pm - Open Rehearsal

Convocation Hall 
University of Alberta 
116 St. & 85 Ave
Edmonton, AB


Canmore - May 18

6:00 pm - Reception

7:00 pm - Concert

Arts Place
950 8 Ave
Canmore, AB 

Calgary - May 19

5:00 pm - Concert

Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall
Rosza Centre
University of Calgary
206 University Ct NW, Calgary, AB