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Mahler and His 5th Symphony

This weekend, the Utah Symphony continues its Mahler Cycle with the composer’s Fifth Symphony. Gustav Mahler’s works have a long tradition in Utah. His friend Bruno Walter was a mentor to the Symphony’s own Maurice Abravanel, who introduced the emotional and technically challenging works to the Beehive state. So Thursday, we’re joined by former Associate Conductor Ardean Watts and by scholar Paul Banks to talk about Mahler’s life, his connection to Utah, and to hear some of the Fifth Symphony.

Paul Banks is a musicologist, presenter and author. He's editor of Donald Mitchell's Gustav Mahler: The Early Years [Amazon] and contributor to The New Grove Turn of the Century Masters [Amazon]

Last season, the Utah Symphony performed Mahler's Symphonies 1-4. They continue the cycle this weekend and throughout the season under the direction of Maestro Thierry Fischer. [More Information]

Nov 6-7, 2015:       Symphony No. 5 [Utah Symphony Music Guide]
Nov 20-21, 2015:   Symphony No. 6 "Tragic"
Jan 8-9, 2016:       Symphony No. 7
Feb 19-20, 2016:   Symphony No. 8 "Symphony of a Thousand" (with Mormon Tabernacle Choir)

In September, Utah Symphony released a live recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D Major "Titan" directed by Thierry Fischer. [Amazon]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.