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The Tortured Gustav Mahler and His Affecting Music

The composer and conductor Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) suffered a tortured life of loss. His affecting music may have been the answer to fill his void and help him find his direction. He married the beautiful 22-year-old Alma Maria Schindler in … Continue reading

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Pianist Leon Fleisher and His “Nine Lives”

Leon Fleisher—pianist, conductor, icon—is synonymous with legendary pianists and musicians of the 20th and into the 21st centuries. He’s performed in great concert halls (Carnegie Hall), with major orchestras and eminent conductors (George Szell, Eugene Ormandy). He studied under the … Continue reading

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Interview – Mezzo-Soprano Kelley O’Connor

Mezzo-Soprano Kelley O’Connor has the dramatic, sonorous voice one would expect of a mezzo, but hers commands attention. She has a certain pull, as though you can’t help but wonder from where this unique flower appeared in a garden full … Continue reading

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