Mahler’s bridge to now
A composer’s presence, one century later
This afternoon, New England Conservatory begins the final week of its semester-long “Mahler Unleashed’’ festival with a symposium whose title has a familiar ring: “Mahler: Our Contemporary.’’ Mahler’s music is ubiquitous, perhaps more than ever during these last two years of anniversary tributes (the 150th of his birth, followed by the 100th of his death). That Mahler speaks our language is now clear. How and why he does so across the distance of a century is a more interesting question.