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The Legacy of American Composer Marga Richter

February 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Performance and readings celebrating the composer Marga Richter.

As the first woman to earn a master’s degree in composition from the Juilliard School, composer Marga Richter (1926-2020) was a trailblazer for female composers and for all young composers of her time. Her music was performed by such artists as Jessye Norman, Menachem Pressler, and Daniel Heifetz, and symphony orchestras throughout the United States. She was also a co-founder of the Long Island Composers’ Alliance and an early member of the League of Women Composers, and New York Women Composers.

In this program the Library for the Performing Arts celebrates her career and the acquisition of her archival materials by the Music and Recorded Sound Division in 2022. A range of performers play her compositions, selected from multiple periods of her work, as well as two commissioned sets of songs from composers Frances Pollock and Sarah Gibson, setting poetry by Sandra Cisneros and Mary Oliver, respectively. Performers include pianists Eric Sedgwick and Michael Skelly, and mezzo-soprano Kelly Guerra.

Photo Credit: Rebecca Littman

SEATING POLICY | Programs are free and open to all, but registration is requested. Check-in line forms 45 minutes before the advertised start time. Registered guests are given priority check-in 15 to 30 minutes before start time. Five minutes before the advertised start time, all seats are released, regardless of registration, to our patrons in the stand-by line. If you arrive after the program starts, you will be seated at the discretion of our front-of-house staff.

STANDBY LINE | If registration is sold out or has ended, do not fret! We welcome you to come to the Library regardless of registration status and wait in our standby line, which forms 45 minutes before the advertised start time. Five minutes before the program starts, all remaining seats are released. While this is not guaranteed, we will do our best to get you into any of our programs.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING AND ASL | ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing accessibility@nypl.org.

BRUNO WALTER POLICY | Please note that any unoccupied seat will be released five minutes before the show begins and holding seats for anyone beyond that is prohibited. There is no food or drink allowed inside the venue.

AUDIO/VIDEO RECORDING | Programs may be photographed and recorded by and at the discretion of the Library for the Performing Arts and will post signs indicating as such. If you would prefer your image not be captured, please let us know and we can seat you accordingly. Attending any program indicates your consent to being filmed/photographed and your consent to the use of your recorded image for any and all purposes of the New York Public Library.

PRESS | Please send all press inquiries to Alex Teplitzky at alexteplitzky@nypl.org. Please note that all recording, including professional video recordings, are prohibited without expressed consent from the Library.


New York Public Library for the Performing Arts – Bruno Walter Auditorium
111 Amsterdam Ave. between West 64th and 65th Street
New York,NY10023-7498United States