Louis Lewandowski Festival 2019

Berlin | Potsdam 19. – 22. Dezember


This year’s Louis Lewandowski Festival is dedicated to the development of rich musical life in the Jewish communities of Southern Germany over the centuries. We present and celebrate these treasures with choirs from the USA, Israel, Serbia and Germany and thus enliven a musical culture that is hardly heard today.

Even before Louis Lewandowski set the course for choral music in the Jewish communities in Berlin and before him Salomon Sulzer (1804 – 1890) in Vienna, southern Germany was a region in which, in the first decades of the 19th century, the choral music of the Jewish communities was still very much alive. Century, beginning with Maier Kohn (1802 – 1875) in Munich, a new repertoire of synagogal music was created.

In the following decades the prayers heard new works from their cantors or music directors in the flourishing communities of southern Germany, including Fürth, Mannheim, Wiesbaden and above all Munich.

The path then leads through contemporaries of Louis Lewandowski such as Maier Kohn (1802 – 1875), Max Löwenstamm (1814 – 1881) and Israel Meyer Japhet (1818 – 1892) to Heinrich Schalit (1886 – 1976), who went in a whole new direction with his groundbreaking “Friday evening liturgy”, which premiered in Berlin in 1932. In addition to this composition, a number of works written by a new generation of composers in the early 20th century for cantor, choir and organ were also performed, representing a further development of the works of the 19th century. The composers of this generation also include Emanuel Kirschner (1857 – 1938) and Hugo Chaim Adler (1894 – 1955).

In addition to these compositions, a number of works written by a new generation of composers in the early 20th century for cantor, choir and organ will be performed, representing a further development of the works of the 19th century. The composers of this generation also include Emanuel Kirschner (1857 – 1938) and Hugo Chaim Adler (1894 – 1955).

The following choirs and ensembles will be guests in Berlin and Potsdam this year.

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The Moran Choir

The Moran Choir includes 40 young singers ages 12-18. It was established by Naomi Faran, in 1986. The vision of the choir is to provide young children coral education, musical training, and performance opportunities and to spread the love for choral singing in Israel and around the world.

Jerusalem Academy Chamber Choir

The Jerusalem Academy Chamber Choir has 32 members, mostly students or graduates of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. The choir, founded in 1969 by Avner Itai, was immediately recognized as one of the best choirs in the country. Music Director is Stanley Sperber.

Synagogal Ensemble Berlin

The Synagogal Ensemble Berlin was founded in 2002 as a concert ensemble by Regina Yantian and cantor Isaac Sheffer. It consists of eight to 16 professional singers, who work at international opera houses and as freelance concert singers in the choir of Pestalozzistraße synagogue in Berlin.

SAXOFONQUADRAT ALTE UND NEUE MUSIK FÜR VIER SAXOFONE

SAXOFONQUADRAT

The four Berlin musicians transcend established musical genre boundaries and socially established concert habits: Saxofonquadrat transforms the classical concert hall into a bubbling jazz stage and the wicked scene club into a devout church.

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The Baruch Brothers Choir

The Baruch Brothers Choir from Belgrade was established in as the Serbian-Jewish Singers Society in 1879, with the goal of cherishing the cultural and artistic heritage and tradition of the Jewish people which live in these parts. Conductor and Musical Director is Stefan Zekić.

ZAMIR CHORALE OF BOSTON

The »Zamir Chorale of Boston« was founded in 1969. Led by Founder and Artistic Director Joshua Jacobson, the Chorale comprises more than 45 experienced volunteer singers who perform music spanning thousands of years, four continents, and a variety of styles, both classical and popular.