Ullmann Project

The Ullmann Project celebrates the vocal music of Viktor Ullmann, an Austrian composer of Jewish descent, who was interned in Theresienstadt and murdered in Auschwitz in 1944. Presented together with works by Ullmann’s mentor Alexander von Zemlinsky and his contemporary Erich Wolfgang Korngold, two composers who fled to the United States from the Nazis, The Ullmann Project also highlights works by Petr Eben, a Czech composer and Buchenwald survivor. These composers’ evocative vocal works, products of the rich Romantic musical language of fin-de-siècle Vienna, paint a lyrical picture of Central European culture and history in the 20th century. 

Devised and directed by soprano and vocal pedagogue Dominique Hellsten, the three-concert series begins on Thursday evening, October 15, 2015 at 8pm at Merkin Concert Hall, preceded by a pre-concert talk at 7pm with noted musicologist and author Paul Griffiths.

The Ullmann Project’s second concert will take place at Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Ave. at 54th Street on Monday evening, April 18th, 2016 at 8pm. This concert will feature performances by Swedish organist and musicologist Johannes Landgren, an internationally distinguished authority on the works of Petr Eben.

A third concert is in the planning for the fall of 2016. 

The concerts will feature performances by soprano and artistic director Dominique Hellsten; soprano Monica Niemi; baritones Jason Plourde and Will Robinson; pianists Craig Ketter and Matthew Odell; and organist Johannes Landgren..