Ursula Mamlok at 90

Monday, October 21, 2013 9:57 AM

Gene Mc Bride writes that Ursula Mamlok "is an icon and truly much-beloved." He recommends these two events this week.

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.

Wednesday, October 23, 7:30PM 
at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton 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-minute film 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,