Oh, you coastal chauvinists!
Eugene Ormandy conducted the Minneapolis Symphony in the 1930s, and recorded the Mahler 2nd with it; I’d bet he performed some more. Mitropoulos, a Mahler champion, conducted them until 1949 and recorded the First. Again, I suspect he conducted more but I don’t know of program listings.
We Minnesotans don’t “demand” things, so yes, the Minnesota audiences weren’t demanding Mahler.
> On Sep 22, 2014, at 2:24 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> To part of your point, it's doubtful that Mahler symphonies were being performed out in places like Minneapolis or Detroit in that period, or that audiences were demanding it. But, I think if you checked concert repertoire around the US, they were being performed here and there through the years.