Voice Professor's Investigation Proves Rewarding
Myron Myers, Professor of Voice in the NIU School of Music, has unearthed a digitally-remastered version of a world-renowned (and previously unpreserved) film. "Kindertotenlieder" is one of Austrian composer Gustav Mahler's most noted works, premiering in 1905. In 1976, Austrian filmaker Titus Leber made a short film entitled "Kindertotenlieder" which went on to great acclaim and garnered awards the Valladolid and Cannes film festivals in addition to being a nominee for an Academy Award. The film features the great Viennese actress, Elisabeth Kallina, who had a major career at the largest and most prestigious theater in Vienna, the Burgtheater. Ms. Kallina was one of Professor Myers' teachers, and ultimately became his mentor and friend. Upon her death in 2004, Professor Myers discovered that the film had not been preserved correctly, which set him on a course to find Titus Leber. Successfully finding him, now living in Indonesia, Herr Leber thankfully had had the film digitally preserved (unbeknownst to libraries in both Austria and the United States) and was gracious enough to send a DVD copy to Professor Myers.
Professor Myers will sing "Kindertotenlieder" with the NIU Philharmonic at their concert on November 23, 2009. As a prelude to that concert, the film will be shown in NIU's School of Music Recital Hall at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 19.