A new documentary, A Wayfarer's Journey: Listening to Mahler, explores the relationship of music (especially Mahler's music) to healing and survival.
Christoph Eschenbach appears in the film talking about how music helped him recover from the trauma of World War II. He is also shown conducting the Curtis Symphony in Mahler's First Symphony.
In addition, several Philadelphia Orchestra performances are featured, including a movement from Mahler's Fifth Symphony performed in Tokyo's Suntory Hall during the Orchestra's 2005 Tour of Asia. The film also includes excerpts from the Orchestra's recent recording of Mahler's Sixth Symphony, available in the Philadelphia Orchestra Online Music Store.
Listening to Mahler is presented by WHYY. It airs locally on WHYY-TV12 on Thursday, April 5, at 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 8, at 3:30 p.m. For show times on WHYY-DTV or WHYY-Arts, visit www.whyy.org/tv12/schedule.html. For show times in other areas, visit www.PBS.org.