Dear singing and listening participants at the 7th Louis Lewandowski Festival, welcome!

Nils Busch- Petersen | Festivaldirektor
In 2011 we started the festival full of questions. Would interested participants be found? How will the Berlin audience react? Where should we find the money?

Today we have a long list of choirs hoping to participate in the future. We are happy about a loyal audience in Berlin and Potsdam, send tickets all over the world. So far, the project has been financed privately. The initial questions are answered

Artistically, we return to our origins in the seventh year: the first festival was dedicated to Louis Lewandowski’s work, while his contemporaries Salomon Sulzer (Vienna) and Samuel Naumbourg (Paris) were also the focus of the second festival. In 2013, Berlin celebrated the theme year of destroyed diversity.

We dedicated the festival to the synagogal music of Jewish composers from Germany who were persecuted or murdered in the Shoah. The fourth festival “Star and Stripes” was dedicated to Jewish composers of synagogue music who emigrated to the United States.

2015 became the festival year under the sign of the Eastern European choir Shul. Last year we experienced “Jewish Renaissance and Baroque in synagogal music”. After so many journeys through time and space, we “ground” the festival by returning home to Berlin and Louis Lewandowski. There is still much to discover here, join us!

sincerly yours
Nils Busch-Petersen | Festival Director


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