Join us on four consecutive Thursdays, March 1 to March 22, 2018, for this fun, informative cultural and historical survey of the 11 symphonic works of famous Austrian composer Gustav Mahler (1860-1911). Instructor Stephen Schultz will trace the composer’s stylistic evolution during his four stages of creative life and will clarify the main characteristics of each period. The focus will be on the form, harmonic and melodic characteristics, and programmatic and emotional content of the symphonies. Come rock out to the music of the 19th century’s greatest symphony composer!
“For me, Mahler is the greatest composer of the late 19th century,” Schultz said. “Each of his 11 symphonies are a unique sonic world and have their own philosophical and spiritual meaning.”
“I never get tired of listening to his music,” he goes on. “There are so many orchestral textures, that you can always hear new things with each listen.”
Week I: Introduction, Symphonies #1, #2, #3
Week II: Symphonies #4, #5
Week III: Symphonies #6, #7, #8
Week IV: Song of the Earth, Symphonies #9, #10
About Stephen Schultz
Stephen Schultz, called “among the most flawless artists on the Baroque flute” by the San Jose Mercury News and “flute extraordinaire” by the New Jersey Star-Ledger, plays solo and Principal flute with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Musica Angelica and performs with other leading Early music groups such as Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Wiener Akademie, and Chatham Baroque. Concert tours have taken him throughout Europe and North and South America with featured appearances at the Musikverein in Vienna, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Royal Albert Hall in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Carnegie Hall, and the Library of Congress.
A graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Holland, Schultz also holds several degrees from the California Institute of the Arts and the California State University of San Francisco. Currently, he is an Associate Teaching Professor in Music History and Flute at Carnegie Mellon University and director of the Carnegie Mellon Baroque Orchestra. Schultz has also been a featured faculty member of the Jeanne Baxtresser International Flute Master Class at Carnegie Mellon University and has taught at the Juilliard School and the International Baroque Institute at Longy School of Music. More information at https://www.stephenschultz.net