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Sunday, July 17 at 1 p.m. – Keeping Score: 13 Days When Music Changed Forever

(Rochester, NY) – WXXI is pleased to bring audiences Keeping a Score, a multi-media project focused on the life and music of Gustav Mahler presented by the San Francisco Symphony and music director Michael Tilson Thomas. This year marks the centenary of both the death of Mahler and the birth of the San Francisco Symphony, and the Keeping Score project focuses on the enigmatic composer with a 13-part national radio series, plus two one-hour, documentary-style programs, two live-performance programs, new online Mahler-related content at http://www.keepingscore.org.

Keeping Score: 13 Days When Music Changed Forever airs Sundays at 1 p.m., beginning July 17 on Classical 91.5/FM-HD 91.5-1. The series explores the historical backdrop and the musical precursors to the revolutionary change, as well as examines the aftershock and the lasting influence of that moment in music history. Hosted by Suzanne Vega, the programs feature interviews by Tilson Thomas, as well as composers, musicologists, writers, and musicians.

The television components kick off the project, beginning July 3 at 12 noon on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11) with Mahler: Origins. Tilson Thomas journeys to rural Bohemia to rediscover the inspirations of Gustav Mahler’s music, and traces Mahler’s life through the premiere of his first symphony in 1888. Immediately following at at 1 p.m. WXXI-TV/HD presents the live-performance program Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in Concert. Taped as part of the Mahler Festival in Davies Symphony Hall in 2009, Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony perform Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1, Titan.

The second episode, Mahler: Legacy, airing Sunday, July 10 at 12 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD, examines Mahler's creative growth, from the 1890s to his death at the age of 51 on May 18, 1911, including his symphonies, the Rückert songs and Das Lied von der Erde. Immediately following at at 1 p.m. WXXI-TV/HD presents the live-performance program, Keeping Score: A Mahler Journey. World-renowned baritone Thomas Hampson, a noted interpreter of Mahler’s songs, is featured performing Songs of a Wayfarer. The program also includes Mahler’s famous and poignant love song, Adagietto from Symphony No. 5, the Scherzo from Symphony No. 7 in E minor and the Rondo Burleske from Symphony No. 9 in D major.    The program was taped as part of the SFS’s Mahler Festival in Davies Symphony Hall in September and October of 2009.

Pictured: Michael Tilson Thomas, music director, conducts a performance that includes the San Francisco Chorus and San Francisco Symphony.

Credit: Courtesy of San Francisco Symphony



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