“Mahler - Symphony no. 5, I. Trauermarsch” (by Jason Weinberger & the WCFSO)
via FMA Blog --
Jason Weinberger takes a progressive multimedia approach to his role as Director of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, and these Creative Commons-licensed performances of Mozart, Debussy, Chabrier and Mahler are just part of his efforts to encourage audience engagement.
For example, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier writes of a 2009 performance at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center:
Jason Weinberger, WCFSO music director, designed a remarkably unique format in which to present Mahler’s Fifth. It was the only work of the evening, and the first half was given over to an illustrative analysis of Mahler and his symphony. The maestro himself lectured, the orchestra played excerpts of key passages, section leaders commented and the audience participated. All of this created a greater understanding and appreciation of Mahler’s work. (read more)
The In Concert With The WCFSO collection on Vimeo is another fantastic example of Weinberger's efforts to bring these works to life through performance.
We hear that the WCFSO is planning some interesting media usage/mashup projects next symphony season. I hope you'll join us in looking forward to what's next