I would like to welcome all musicians and guests to the 7th Louis Lewandowski Festival.

Berlin is not exactly poor in top-class music festivals. Among them, the Louis Lewandowski Festival occupies a special position. It is closely linked to Berlin’s culture and history. At the same time, it raises an artistic treasure that is still relatively unknown to the general public.
The synagogal music, which Louis Lewandowski decisively influenced here in Berlin in the 19th century, was not only an integral part of the Jewish divine service. Christian communities also performed his Psalm settings.

Lewandowski, who came to Berlin from Poznan, was one of the great names of the Jewish bourgeoisie in Berlin. He was supported by the Mendelssohn family and earned it a high reputation as Royal Music Director and member of the Academy of the Arts.

For six years now, the Louis Lewandowski Festival has been making this musical treasure accessible to a wide audience and helping to carry on the tradition. Under the programmatic title “Icke!”, this year’s festival focuses on its namesake.

Choirs from Jerusalem, Tivon, London and Berlin will perform Louis Lewandowski’s music in churches, synagogues and other exciting venues in Berlin and Potsdam.

My thanks go to the Association of Friends and Supporters of the Synagogal Ensemble Berlin, who once again put a lot of effort into getting the festival off the ground. At the same time I would like to thank all partners, sponsors and friends of the festival.

The broad support shows: Berlin’s Jewish culture is supported by civic initiative. Everyone involved can be proud of this. With this in mind, I wish all festival guests much pleasure in the concerts of the 7th Louis Lewandowski Festival.

Michael Müller,
Governing Mayor of Berlin


Dr. Gideon Joffe | Chairman of the Jewish Community of Berlin

I am delighted that - despite Corona-related restrictions - the Louis Lewandowski Festival is taking place in Berlin for the eleventh time. It has become a fine tradition and an integral part of our city's cultural calendar.

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Dr. Gideon Joffe | Vorsitzender der Jüdischen Gemeinde zu Berlin

It is largely thanks to the great reformer of synagogal music that the traditional Jewish prayer service took on a new form.

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Regierende Bürgermeisterin von Berlin, Franziska Giffey,

Franziska Giffey, Regierende Bürgermeisterin von Berlin,

Dear festival enthusiasts, dear visitors, this year three celebratory occasions come together for the Louis Lewandowski Festival: 1,700 years of Jewish life in Germany, the crowning of the organ as "Instrument of the Year," and finally the 200th birthday of the namesake of this wonderful festival, the outstanding composer Louis Lewandowski.

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Greeting Minister President Dr. Dietmar Woidke

Der Ministerpräsident von Brandenburg, Dr. Dietmar Woidke: Ganz in diesem Sinne wünsche ich Ihnen ein wunderbares Festival mit ergreifenden Konzerten und schönen gemeinsamen Stunden, wo auch immer Sie das Louis Lewandowski Festival verfolgen.

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Grußwort des Regierenden Bürgermeisters von Berlin

Zum Louis-Lewandowski-Festival 2019 begrüße ich, als Regierender Bürgermeister von Berlin, alle Musikerinnen und Musiker sowie auch die Gäste sehr herzlich. Berlin ist nicht eben arm an hochkarätigen Musikfestivals. Unter ihnen nimmt das Louis Lewandowski Festival eine Sonderstellung ein.

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Grusswort Ministerpräsident Dr. Dietmar Woidke

Der Ministerpräsident von Brandenburg, Dr. Dietmar Woidke: Als Schirmherr begrüße ich Sie sehr herzlich zum 9. Louis Lewandowski Festival, das wie jedes Jahr eindrucksvoll den Reichtum jüdischer Musik präsentiert...

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Nils Busch- Petersen | Festivaldirektor

Nils Busch-Petersen | Festival director

Liebe singende und lauschende Teilnehmende am 7. Louis Lewandowski Festival, seienSie herzlich willkommen!

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