For the third time in its history the Concertgebouw is organising a major tribute to Gustav Mahler. In 1920 the first ‘Mahler Fest’ took place in Amsterdam, for the occasion of Willem Mengelberg’s 25th anniversary as chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. Under his direction, the Concertgebouw Orchestra performed all of Mahler’s symphonies. Alma, the widow of Gustav Mahler, was the guest of honour.
Three quarters of a century later, in 1995, the second festival devoted to Mahler took place. The planned third festival in May 2020 had to be replaced by the Mahler Festival Online due to the Corona crisis. As an alternative, the Concertgebouw is organising a new Mahler Festival in 2021: