German artists to perform poetry

A German poetry reading with musical accompaniment featuring the texts of Mascha Kaleko will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in Room 41 of SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Hall.

Kaleko was a successful German-Jewish poet of the early 20th century, said Dr. John Lalande, professor of German and chair of Oswego’s modern languages and literatures department. “Among her admirers were Albert Einstein and Thomas Mann,” he said.

Tuesday evening’s program, “In Meinen Traumen Lautet Es Sturm” (“In My Dreams a Storm Is Sounding”) is a trip into old Berlin as well as into the events of our times, he said.

According to Germany’s PEN-Center, Kaleko’s work ranks second only to Goethe’s in German-language poetry sales. Because of Nazi persecution, Lalande said, her work has been largely forgotten.

Two German artists, actress Ute Kaiser and musician Ursel Schlicht, have been working to restore literary recognition and acclaim to Kaleko’s poetry. They will perform Tuesday at SUNY Oswego.

“The rhythm and flow of Kaleko’s poetry lend themselves beautifully to piano accompaniment,” Lalande said. “Ursel Schlicht’s music accompanies, underscores and creates for listeners more and more space in which the poetic texts reverberate. And actress Ute Kaiser leads listeners into the world of Kaleko and delivers them special moments in which the sounds of melody and language become one.”

The performance is sponsored by SUNY Oswego’s College of Arts and Sciences, Office of International Education and modern languages and literatures department.

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(Posted: Oct 05, 2005)