The most ambitious project ever attempted by area chamber-music ensemble the Rembrandt Chamber Players, “The Other Mahler” is a three-year cycle of chamber music arrangements of orchestral works of Gustav Mahler made by composer Arnold Schoenberg and his student Edward Stein for the Society for Private Musical Performances right after World War I. Schoenberg himself was already into atonality by then, but the rest of the world still had yet to catch up with the still tonal music of Mahler, who had already been dead nearly a decade and was still remembered more as a conductor than a composer. Thus, these chamber music arrangements made Mahler more available and accessible. Of course, in a day and age when we can hear Mahler as the composer himself intended—especially in Chicago—the point of all of this is unclear, but it will be an interesting window into another age. Music of the Baroque’s Jane Glover will conduct all three of these programs across three seasons and this first program features the Mahler Fourth Symphony with soprano Christine Brandes. (Dennis Polkow)
Sunday, May 4 at Merit School of Music’s Gottlieb Hall, 38 S. Peoria, (312)360-3145. 5:30pm.