Scoop from the book tour: Syracuse to erect Mahler memorial

Scoop from the book tour: Syracuse to erect Mahler memorial


norman lebrecht

November 16, 2010

It’s 100 years next month since Gustav Mahler swung upstate with the New York Philharmonic and the city of Syracuse is planning to mark the day with Why Mahler? on the radio and a new stone bench with Mahler’s name on in Clinton Square. The donor is Hamilton Armstrong.

Sadly, the Syracuse Symphony has cancelled a performance of Mahler’s fifth symphony for lack of funds.


  • Marie Lamb says:

    Thank you so much for the interview, Norman, and for mentioning the Mahler memorial on this blog! We at WCNY-FM are very grateful for your help, and listeners will certainly enjoy the interview. Here are details for anyone who’s interested. The ceremony is near the Atrium in downtown Syracuse, the site of the Wieting Opera House where the 1910 concert took place.
    The broadcast is on WCNY-FM 91.3 from Syracuse, WUNY-FM 89.5 from Utica, and WJNY-FM 90.9 from Watertown (also serving 1000 Islands area of Ontario). It will start just after 12 noon (1700 GMT) on Thursday, December 9th, the 100th anniversary of the concert. Those who are outside our broadcast area may listen online at,com_wrapper/Itemid,128/ (Those who are not station members may listen by scrolling down to “Lawn Seating.”)The interview will be first, followed by the memorial dedication ceremony, and the concert re-creation, which will be hosted by
    former Syracuse broadcaster Henry Fogel. I hope that everyone will attend or tune in…again, thanks for your help and for adding so much to this important event. I hope Mahler is pleased to see he’s being remembered here!

  • It was wonderful having you here in Syracuse, Norman, to talk about Mahler and his appearance here, and to give that wonderful seminar to the Goldring Arts Journalism students. Come back soon!
    Johanna Keller
    S.I. Newhouse School of Public Commuincations