Mahler premiere – right now

Colombia is streaming its first-ever performance of Mahler’s eighth symphony. Here’s more from Dianne Winsor:

Mahler 8 will be performed for the first time in Colombia Oct. 15/16! Maestro Enrique Diemecke of Mexico will lead the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá in this premiere performance. In Latin America, Mahler 8 has previously been performed only in Venezuela, Argentina & Mexico.

The Colombians have planned well, it appears, for the space required to present this enormous symphony. Here’s a link with a blueprint of the stage modifications they’ve implemented for their performances:

http://www.filarmonicabogota.gov.co/web2011/mahler/transmision.html

The Colombian premiere will be streamed live, broadcast on radio & television & presented on giant screens in parks throughout the country, in the cities of Bogotá, Medellín, Cali & Pereira. Here’s more info in English:

http://colombiareports.com/colombia-news/culture/19701-mahlers-massive-symphony-of-a-thousand-comes-to-bogota.html

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  • Excellent, but I’m afraid the Brazilians beat the Colombians by a week on one point. “Mahler 8 has previously been performed only in Venezuela, Argentina & Mexico” is no longer quite accurate—the 8th was performed last week by the São Paulo State Symphony under Gennady Rozhdestvensky.

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