Composers You Should Know: Ursula Mamlok

Happy birthday to composer, pianist, and educator Ursula Mamlok!  Born in Berlin on February 1, 1923, Mamlok began her musical education with Gustav Ernest and Emily Weissgerber until they fled Nazi Germany and came to the United States.  Mamlok continued her studies at the Mannes School of Music, and then continued on to the Manhattan School of Music.  Prominent teachers included George Szell, Roger Sessions, and Ralph Shapey. Mamlok writes extensively for chamber ensembles, but has also composed numerous pieces for orchestra.  Her works are available through several publishers, including Hildegard Publishing, as well as directly through the composer. Learn more about…

Monday Link Round Up: February 1, 2016

Some news to start your week! Philip Kennicott, art critic for The Washington Post, contributed to this month’s Opera News to discuss the ways in which topics of gender and race are handled – or not – in current opera productions.  This comes after the Met ended the tradition of using blackface in Otello and recent conversations surrounding The Mikado and the depiction of Asian characters by white actors.  Read Kennicott’s full piece here.   The Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute concert took place on Friday, January 29th, featuring the work of seven rising composers, including Kirsten Broberg and Emily Cooley.  Minnesota Public Radio spoke with…