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Wandelkonzert with readings and talks on the occasion of the 100th birthday of the composer Ursula Mamlok.

Solo and Chamber Music by Ursula Mamlok | Premiere by Arezou Rezaei

In the context of the Berlin Days of Exile 2023 of the Körber Foundation

Hartmuth Rohde (viola), Markéta Janušková (violin), Fidan Aghayeva (piano), Marlene Heiss (piano), Pia Davila (soprano), Klaus Schöpp (flute), Nathalie Amstutz (harp) and Gesa Hoppe (soprano)

Readings by Ariel Reichman, Mariam Meetra and others

Talks with Bettina Brand and Hartmut Rohde, among others, as well as film excerpts.

The Wandelkonzert on the occasion of the 100th birthday of the composer Ursula Mamlok (1923-2016) deals with the garden as a place of retreat and source of inspiration.

Due to her Jewish origins, the sixteen-year-old Ursula Mamlok (then Lewy) had to flee her native city of Berlin with her parents from the National Socialists - first to Ecuador, then to the USA.

She spent the last ten years of her life back in Berlin, where she managed a second career at an advanced age.

For most of her 66 years in the USA, Ursula Mamlok lived in New York, where she became a professor of composition and one of the country's most renowned composers.

To escape the sweltering summer on the East Coast, the Mamlok couple spent two to three months every year in San Mateo, California. The paradisiacal garden of their summer domicile acquired a special significance for Ursula Mamlok, which is reflected in many of her compositions. Her reflections were also shaped by her awareness of the fragility of such idylls, which emerged from her experience as a refugee.

Throughout the afternoon, works by Ursula Mamlok, which she composed inspired by her own garden in San Matteo, will be performed in various chamber music settings at several stations in the garden of the Liebermann Villa.

Following on from this, there will be a new composition by Arezou Rezaei, which also reflects the garden as an artistic motif.

The programme will be framed by contributions and conversations dedicated to Ursula Mamlok as a person, as well as readings in which further exile experiences will be negotiated and processed through time, thus building a bridge to the present.

Concept and organisation: Marlene Heiss & Konstantin Parnian
Supported by: Musikfonds, The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Dwight and Ursula Mamlok Foundation.
In cooperation with the Liebermann-Villa and the Dwight and Ursula Mamlok Foundation

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