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Gustav Mahler: The Man and His Music
Paul Offenkrantz

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: “A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything.” The music of Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) pushed the romanticism started by Carl Maria von Weber and Ludwig van Beethoven to its limits. His mammoth symphonies are scored for huge orchestras with the occasional addition of vocal soloists and choirs. His obsession with death and inner-turmoil about his religious heritage, unhappy marriage, and artistic legacy can all be found in his music, where serene calm is often interrupted by angst-filled cacophony and where imitations of the sounds of nature are juxtaposed with children’s songs, Jewish-style klezmer melodies, church-like hymns, and somber funeral marches. This lecture will explore this complicated man and his music in the context of his time.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Paul Offenkrantz is a graduate of Oberlin College, attended the Yale School of Music and earned a master of Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College, where he was also ordained as a cantor. In his distinguished career, he has served communities in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and West Palm Beach. In recognition of his years of service, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Hebrew Union College in 2014. Paul began singing professionally on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera at the age of nine and appeared in over 30 different operas at the MET over the course of five seasons. He has worked with Leonard Bernstein, James Levine, Richard Tucker, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine and many other important artists. Paul concertizes and lectures extensively throughout South Florida and is an adjunct professor of Music History at the Conservatory of Music at Lynn University.


SPL3191
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Date: Monday, March 19, 2018
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $30 per event
$75 for any combination of three events, members only
$150 for any combination of eight events, members only

No Refunds Will be Given for One-Time Events Purchased Within a Discounted Bundle
Non-member - $35
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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