Mahler & The Feminine Ideal

Sun, Sep 30, 2018, 2 PM
Part of the series Sight & Sound

at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
in NYC

  • Conductor and music historian Leon Botstein explores the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts
  • A discussion is accompanied by musical excerpts and on-screen artworks, then a full performance and audience Q&A
  • Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and the artwork of Klimt and Schiele
  • With Michael Anthony McGeebaritone

More About the Program

The Music: Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder
Intimate and devastating

The Artwork: Works by Klimt and Schiele
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Obsession: Nudes by Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso from the Scofield Thayer Collection, on view at The Met Breuer through October 7, 2018.

In the early 1900s, artists across all genres were obsessed with the image of the feminine, depicting women as elevated aspirations for redemption and as objects of lust. Mahler was no exception. Kindertotenlieder evokes the composer’s complicated relationship with the idealization of the family and the reality of his life with his infamous wife, Alma.

Timings & Program Order

The program will last approximately 2 hours.

Conductor and music historian Leon Botstein discusses the parallels between Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and the artwork of Klimt and Schiele, accompanied by musical excerpts performed by The Orchestra Now and on-screen artworks.
1 hr

20 min

Full performance
Gustav Mahler Kindertotenlieder
Michael Anthony McGee, baritone
25 min

Audience Q&A
15 min

All timings are approximate. 

More About the Artists

LEON BOTSTEIN, conductor
Leon Botstein brings a renowned career as both a conductor and educator to his role as music director of The Orchestra Now. He has been music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992, artistic codirector of Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival since their creation, and president of Bard College since 1975.
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Sample the Music

Mahler Kindertotenlieder

Egon Schiele (Austrian, Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna). Standing Nude with Orange Drapery (detail), 1914. Watercolor, gouache and graphite on paper, 18 3/8 in. × 12 in. (46.7 × 30.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Bequest of Scofield Thayer, 1982 (1984.433.315ab)


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