German–American Composer Ursula Mamlok at 90 - Two New York Celebrations


Oct 23 2013 - 7:30pm

Ursula Mamlok (L) with Vally Weigl, Aaron Copland, 1969Ursula Mamlok (L) with Vally Weigl, Aaron Copland, 1969URSULA MAMLOK at 90 - two events in New York

Ursula Mamlok (L) with Vally Weigl, Aaron Copland, 1969

Much-beloved composer Ursula Mamlok returns to New York for two special events in October.

After 65 years as a New Yorker, Ursula returned to live in her native Berlin a few years ago, where she is widely performed in Europe by eminent musicians and has been discovered by the younger generation. This year, her 90th, has also seen a biography published in Germany, a full-length documentary about her music and her life, and four CDs of her music by Bridge Records.

Sessions, Babbitt, Mamlok, 1982Sessions, Babbitt, Mamlok, 1982

Wednesday, October 23, 7:30PM at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space: Concert - Film - Dialogue

Music from 1958 to 2013:

Four German Songs (1958); Two Bagatelles for string quartet (1961) From My Garden for viola solo (1983); Rhapsody for clarinet, viola, piano (1989); two piano pieces (Sculpture I (1964) and Love Song of Two Pigeons (1991)); String Quartet No. 2 (1998); Mosaics for piano 4-hands (2011); and a brand new piece for viola and piano (2013).

Performers closely associated in the past with Ursula Mamlok's music are Germany's renowned Klenke Quartet in their U.S. debut; Lucy Shelton, soprano; Moran Katz, clarinet; Stephanie Griffin, viola, and Marcia Eckert, Joel Sachs, and Cheryl Seltzer, pianists.

The evening will also feature scenes from the new documentary "Ursula Mamlok Movements" by German film maker Anne Berrini, and a stage conversation with Ursula and musicologist Bettina Brand.

$25; Symphony Space members, seniors, students, $15 Broadway at 95th. Box office: 212-864-5400,

Sunday, October 27, 2:30, the entire 80-minutenew documentary "Ursula Mamlok

Movements" by German film maker Anne Berrini will be screened in its
first U.S. Film Preview

at Miller Recital Hall, the Manhattan School of Music, where Ursula was for decades on the faculty.

Admission is free.
Broadway at 122nd.
Information: 917-493-4428


Photo credit:  ACA Collection, Special Collections in Performing Arts at the Univeristy of Maryland.