Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde

John Sawoski will be guest keyboardist with Salastina this coming Sunday night, June 11, 2023 at 7:30 pm on Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” (Song of the Earth). Composed during an incredibly difficult period of converging crises in Mahler’s life, this piece — based on classical Chinese poetry — is about the beauty and transience of life. It’s sublimation at its finest.

Arnold Schoenberg, of all people, arranged what Leonard Bernstein called Mahler’s “greatest symphony” for chamber ensemble. Specifically: 2 singers, string quintet, piano, harmonium/celesta, flute/piccolo, oboe/English horn, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, 2 percussionists… and no conductor (because #chambermusic).

Do not miss this one-night-only performance at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. To get in the mood before dinner, you are welcome to wander the Huntington’s grounds from 3:00 – 5:00 PM free with your concert ticket purchase.

Lavish reception to follow.

Gustav Mahler, arranged by Arnold Schoenberg and Rainer Reihn: Das Lied von der Erde

Clara Osowski, Mezzo Soprano
Thomas Cooley, Tenor
Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White, Co-Artistic Directors and Violinists
Meredith Crawford, Resident Violist
Yoshika Masuda, Resident Cellist
Ted Botsford, Double Bassist
Ben Smolen, Resident Flutist/Piccolo player
Lara Wickes, Guest Oboist/English Horn player
Don Foster, Guest Clarinetist
Alex Rosales Garcia, Guest Bassoonist
Dylan Skye Hart, Guest French Horn player
Micah Yui, Guest Pianist
John Sawoski, Guest Keyboardist
Eddie Meneses and Jonathan Wisner, Guest Percussionists
Camilla Tassi, Projection Designer
Brian Lauritzen, Resident Host

What to Know Before You Go



  • Sunday, June 11, 2023
  • 7:30 PM
  • Rothenberg Hall at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens1800 Orlando RoadSan Marino, CA, 91108United States (map)
  • Google Calendar  ICS

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Followup: the concert went very well! Performing Arts Live says:

“A rare musical treat was bestowed upon the Los Angeles Chamber Music community last night in the beautiful Rothenberg Hall at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. Mahler’s Das Lied von Der Erde (The Song of the Earth) was on the musical menu for the evening. This work is not often presented and is one of Mahler’s most famous compositions.

Salastina is among the finest Chamber Ensembles there is. The group is composed of incredibly accomplished studio and orchestral musicians in Southern California. Their rendering of Mahler’s work was at the same time expressive, muscular and deep in texture. Neither the exceptional vocalists (Thomas Cooley, tenor and Clara Osowski, mezzo soprano) nor the ensemble overpowered each other, both showing their superb musicianship.

Co – Artistic Directors Maia Jasper White and Kevin Kumar are not only outstanding musicians but also inspiring leaders. KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen was the host and musicologist for the evening providing the audience with valuable insights into what they were about to hear. It was a performance that those in attendance (full house) will remember!” – @performingartslive

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