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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Toronto Mahler Society Presents Author Deborah Kirshner and her new book Mahler's Lament

Toronto Mahler Society
Presents Author Deborah Kirshner and her new book Mahler's Lament

It is almost November and we would like to host an "End of year gathering" to finish off the 2 years of Mahler celebrations in 2010-11. We have a special meeting and event planned : we have invited Canadian author Deborah Kirshner to talk to us on her new novella "Mahler's Lament," which will be published in November. We have arranged a Q+A session with her about her new book and her views on Mahler, especially about events happening around the premiere of the First Symphony. After that we will have a CD/DVD comparison session on Mahler's First Symphony, as well as discussion on the "Blumine" movement.

DATE: Saturday November 19
TIME : Meeting will start from 5:30pm and dinner would start around 7pm
LOCATION : Wildfire Steakhouse and Bar, 3438 Yonge Street (please refer to The Toronto Mahler Society's website for details and updates.)
Please RSVP with the society (email: by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 if you will be attending:
A) Meeting only
B) Dinner only
C) Meeting and Dinner only

Those who RSVP before this date will receive a discount off the retail price on the novella by Ms. Kirshner.

Here is some information about Deborah Kirshner and her new book:

About the Author:
Deborah Kirshner was born in Montreal in 1954. She has spent her adult life as a professional violinist, graduating in performance from U of T in 1976. She then went on to study with Mr. Itzhak Perlman at Brooklyn College where she was enrolled in a Masters program. She has been the recipient of many grants, scholarships and awards and her string trio recently recorded the sound track for a documentary film. In 2003 she published her first article, ‘The Genius of Django’, for The Walrus Magazine which earned her a Gold National Magazine Award in Arts and Literature. She subsequently published two more pieces that also received national attention. In 2006 she was awarded a fellowship for Creative Non -Fiction at the Banff Center where she first began writing on Gustav Mahler. Mahler’s Lament is her first foray into historical fiction.
About the Novella:
Gustav Mahler was 29 years old when he conducted his first symphony, “The Titan,” in Budapest on November 20, 1889. The performance was one of the biggest “disasters” of his career and it came on the heels of another catastrophe: an adulterous love affair with the wife of his patron, Maria von Weber. Mahler’s Lament is an elaborate and multi-layered portrayal of one of the world’s greatest composers at this turbulent point in his life. Mahler is depicted as a morally ambivalent man who is forever reflecting on mortality and failure. It is the first ever historical fiction of his scandalous love affair.

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