Program for Sunday, December 30, 2018

Everywhere and Forever: Mahler’s Song of the EarthThe loss of his five-year-old daughter and the prognosis of his own premature death – this was composer Gustav Mahler’s summer of 1907. How to go on? By courageously transforming despair into a redemptive masterpiece: The Song of the Earth. Everywhere and Forever, a film by Jason Starr, explores the biographical, cultural and philosophical context of this first-ever “song-symphony”. In setting to music ancient Chinese poems about beauty, drunkenness, love and loss, Mahler confronts mortality by unveiling the Earth as the everlasting context of our being. This documentary by Jason Starr presents series of poetry readings, interviews with renowned experts, and extracts from an extraordinary concert given by Thomas Hampson, Paul Groves, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under the direction of Neeme Järvi.