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Gerhardt Zimmermann Will Soon Conduct the Tulsa Symphony in a "Tragic" Evening of Mahler

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Aired on Thursday, March 12th.

Our guest on ST is Gerhardt Zimmermann, who will be the Guest Conductor for the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra on Saturday the 14th at the Tulsa PAC. This "Simply Tragic" concert, as its being called, will begin at 7:30pm, and it will feature the 80-to-85-minute masterpiece by Mahler known as Symphony No. 6 in A minor (a/k/a the "Tragische"). Zimmermann -- who has appeared with the TSO on several previous occasions, and who is Director of Orchestral Activities at the UT-Austin Butler School of Music as well as Music Director and Conductor of the Canton (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra -- talks with us about the life and work of Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), and about where Symphony No. 6 fits into his music as a whole. Zimmermann also addresses why this brilliant and sweeping and emotionally complex piece is so rarely heard in today's concert halls.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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