The Colorado MahlerFest in and around the city of Boulder is one of the boldest musical initiatives of modern times. Founded in 1988 by Robert Olson and apply intense immersion to one symphony each year, it has become a byword among Mahler scholars and followers for its uncluttered idealism, its uncommon altitude (5,430 feet high) and its internationally resonant scholarship and recordings.
Bob Olson is retiring as artistic director after 28 years.
His successor, in May 2016, will be the UK-based American Kenneth Woods, principal conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra and a widely recorded interpreter of post-Mahler romantics.
Roll on the next Boulder.