You Must Change Your Life: The Symphonic Worlds of Gustav Mahler

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In his symphonies Gustav Mahler offered musical representation of many worlds, and, not unlike Beethoven before him, found musical means to explore and uncover philosophical questions and truths. 

What is death, and how can we relate to it? Can we overcome it somehow? What does it mean to transcend ourselves? Can beauty help us and the world? What is the nature of love? Surrounded by many, how can we escape a sense of isolation and loneliness?

In his music then we find everything: the wondrous world of nature; the world of the night; the world of the small city, and small town bands; the word of military music; the worlds of angels and darkness; the world of Jewish culture and klezmer music; the world of the heroic quest.

Mahler: ‘My [first] two symphonies treat exhaustively my entire life; it is experience and suffering that I have written down with my lifeblood. Truth and poetry in music; and if someone understands how to read well, my life must in fact appear transparent to him in them. So strongly are creation and experience interwoven for me that, if henceforth my life should flow calmly like a stream through a meadow – I think I would no longer be able to create anything proper.’

In our journey we will touch on most of Mahler’s 9 symphonies, but will focus on his first - “The Titan”, a massive work which presents and navigates most of these themes which obsessed the composer throughout his creative life. As Mahler suggests we do, we will learn to ‘read' his work better. Through direct participation (don’t worry, you probably won’t have to sing!) we will investigate ways we can use beauty and the creative act as means of practicing the spiritual life.

Like Rilke’s poem of Apollo, Mahler’s music demands of us: We must change our lives! 

The day will run from 10 AM to 3 PM and a vegetarian lunch is included.

Those who attend this workshop will receive one complimentary ticket to the NH Philharmonic’s performances of Mahler’s First Symphony the following weekend. (Go to: )

Dh. Śravaniya was ordained in 2003, having first encountered meditation and the FWBO (later the Triratna Buddhist Community) in the UK in 1978. His name, inspired by an episode in the biography of Milarepa, means “Delightful to listen to” or “Worthy of being heard.” Sravaniya works as a professional orchestral conductor and violinist, and co-facilitates the Boston Triratna group. Read his bio as Mark Latham for the NH Philharmonic here

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  • Please take a Covid-19 rapid test on the day of the event (Aryaloka does not provide this test). A negative rapid test is required for entry; please take a photo of your test results and present at the door. 
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  • If you have cold or flu symptoms, we ask that you do not attend in-person.*
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*Zoom options are available for many events. Transfer of fees or refunds are also available for illness or illness-preventative related absence. 

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February 5th, 2023 10:00 AM through  3:00 PM
14 Heartwood Circle
Newmarket, NH 03857
United States
Phone: 603-659-5456
Event Fee(s)
Event Fee $95.00
Mid-level Reduced $80.00
Base-level Reduced $60.00

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