Louis Lewandowski Festival 2018

Berlin | Potsdam 20. - 23. December

In Judaism, joy and sorrow are very close together, and so we dedicate the LLF 2018 to a happy and a sad event, the 70th Independence Day of the State of Israel and the 80th return of the November pogrom of 1938.

Star of Hope – Israeli Choral Music
November pogrom as a symbol for the subsequent extermination of the Jews and the founding of the State of Israel are thematically very closely linked, since the founding of the State of Israel is to be understood as a response to the mass murder in the Shoah.

After a short musical commemoration we will turn to the creative, positive power of Israeli choral music in all its facets and richness. In it, the connection to the development of the country with its people and landscapes was found,

on the revived Hebrew language, the Jewish religion, the Bible, to name but a few examples, their artistic, identity-forming expression. It is also a mirror of the social development of the country.

While in the initial phase the focus was on the music of Ashkenazic Jews from Europe, over the years it became more diverse and depicted the various ethnic groups living in the country. The festival wants to do justice to this diversity and spans 70 years of Israel.

Hatikvah | התקוה

Choirs of the Louis Lewandowski Festival 2018

Last year, the seventh Louis Lewandowski Festival returned to one of the fathers of modern synagogal music and thus to the festival's namesake.

Academic  Symphony Orchestra of Chernivtsi Philharmonic Society

Chernivtsi Philharmonic Orchestra

The first concert by Symphony Orchestra took place in Chernivtsi in 26 November 1992. It was…

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The four Berlin musicians transcend established musical genre boundaries and socially established…

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The Male Choir of Cantorial Art Academy was established in 1989 with personal support from Mikhail…

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ADI CLASSICAL YOUNG CHOIR at the New Vocal Ensemble was established in 2006 by Yishai Shteckler and Goni Bar Sela. Since 2009, it performs under the baton of its musical director, conductor Oded Shomrony.

Adi Classical Young Choir, Israel

Adi Classical Young Choir at the New Vocal Ensemble was established in 2006 by Yishai Shteckler and…

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Das »Synagogal Ensemble Berlin« ist das einzige Profi-Ensemble, das jeden Freitagabend, Schabbatmorgen sowie an allen jüdischen Feiertagen die Liturgie von Louis Lewandowski zum Klingen bringt.

Synagogal Ensemble Berlin

The Synagogal Ensemble Berlin is the only choir whose singers bring the liturgy of Louis…

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Louis Lewandowski Festival DVD Shop

Festival DVD kaufen!

Alle Festival DVDs (Audio / Video) des Louis Lewandowski Festivals sind bei Hentrich & Hentrich, dem Verlag für jüdische Kultur und Zeitgeschichte erschienen. Die DVDs sind Aufzeichnungen der großen Abschlusskonzerte mit alle Ensembles des jeweiligen Jahres. Sprachen: deutsch und englisch.

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Cecilia Ensemble, Israel

A new ensemble from the Moran Choirs group, the Cecila Ensemble, is comprised of eight outstanding…

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Ensemble Barocameri, Israel

Ensemble Barocameri, Israel

Ensemble Barocameri, established nearly six years ago, is led by conductor and musical director…

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Festival Magazin 2017

Since 2016 the annual festival magazine has been published with interesting articles about the festival - portraits of the choirs, the programmes of the events and impressions of the previous year. Here you will find a few excerpts.


The foundation for Israeli choral music was laid decades before the establishment of the Jewish state, in the Yishuv, the Jewish settlement in Palestine during the British Mandate.

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The poem “Todesfuge” by Paul Celan was the basis for Anna Segal’s oratorio “Todesfuge”, which premieres at the Louis Lewandowski Festival. It is dedicated to Anna Segal’s grandmother Frida and the victims.

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Greetings to the Festival 2017

We are pleased about the support of the Governing Mayor of Berlin and the Chairman of the Jewish Community of Berlin.

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