Lavater and Lessing Visit Moses Mendelssohn (1856) by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim


The Mendelssohn Project

November 23, 2015


One exhibition, two historic pianos, and fourteen lectures & performances

A collaboration of the Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities the Departments of History and Music and The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
University of California, Berkeley

Program Committee
Anthony J. Cascardi, Thomas Laqueur, Nicholas Mathew, Francesco Spagnolo

From Mendelssohn To Mendelssohn
German Jewish Encounters in Art, Music, and Material Culture
curated by Francesco Spagnolo
opening January 26, 2016

Talks and Performances
Roger Moseley (Cornell), Michael Steinberg (Brown), Adrian Daub (Stanford), Danish String Quartet, Ariana Strahl (Soprano), Celia Applegate (Vanderbilt), Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Nicholas McGegan (Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra), Carla Shapreau (UC Berkeley), Brett Lockspeiser (Sefaria), Daniel Schifrin (Berkeley), Lauren Cooper (UC Berkeley), UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Professors Nicholas Mathew  and James Davies with students & instructors from the Pianism seminar (UC Berkeley)

Performances on historic pianos on loan from the Department of Music

Free and open to the public
January 26 – April 12, 2016
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, UC Berkeley
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
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All programs are free and open to the public.
Presented by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities,
the Departments of History and Music, and The Magnes.

Opening Event | Tuesday, January 26, 5-7 pm
From Mendelssohn To Mendelssohn exhibition opening and launch of The Mendelssohn Project

Performance of Felix Mendelssohn,  Piano Trio No.2 in C minor, Op.66 (1845), by Roger Moseley (Erard Grand Piano, London, 1854), Hrabba Atladottir (violin), and Hannah Addario-Berry (cello).

Gallery tours accompanied by Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words, performed on a Wieck Grand Piano in rosewood (No. 819, Dresden, ca. 1860) by UC Berkeley students and instructors from Professors Nicholas Mathew and James Davies’s Pianism seminar.

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Lecture & Performance | Sunday, February 7, 3-5 pm
Michael Steinberg, Brown University: Inner Voices of the Mendelssohn Family

Followed by a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Song Without Words, and a presentation on the Erard Grand Piano (London, 1854) and the Wieck Grand Piano in rosewood (No. 819, Dresden, ca. 1860), on loan from the Department of Music, by Professors Nicholas Mathew and James Davies, and students from the Pianism seminar at UC Berkeley. 

Lecture | Wednesday, February 17, 5pm
Adrian Daub, Stanford University: The Mendelssohns, The Piano, and the Making of the Domestic Sphere

Performance | Thursday, March 3rd, 7pm
Ariana Strahl (Soprano), Nicholas Mathew (Piano): Songs by Fanny Mendelssohn, Felix Mendelssohn, and Clara Schumann 

Lecture | Monday, March 14, 5pm
Celia Applegate, Vanderbilt University: The Need for History. The Mendelssohn Family and their Search for a Past With a Future 

Performance | March 17, 7pm
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble presents Felix Mendelssohn, Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor 

Lecture at The Piano | Tuesday, April 12, 7 pm
Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, in conversation with Francesco Spagnolo: The Mendelssohns and Their Musical Worlds 


Carla Shapreau on Researching the Provenance of Lavater and Lessing with Moses Mendelssohn
March 2nd, 2016, Noon to 1PM

Brett Lockspeiser on Moses Mendelssohn’s Digital Library
March 9, 2016, Noon to 1PM

Daniel Schifrin on Chess & Jewish Literature
March 16, 2016, Noon to 1PM

Lauren Cooper with Francesco Spagnolo on The Making of From Mendelssohn To Mendelssohn
April 6, 2016, Noon to 1PM 


 Danish String Quartet & UCB Musicians | Mendelssohn’s String Octet
February 26, 2016, at Noon
~At Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley
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UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra | Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, “Reformation”
March 11 & 12, 2016, 8PM
~At Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley
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Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra | Hymns of Praise: Beethoven & Mendelssohn
April 30, 2016 8PM, & May 1, 2016, 7:30PM
~ At the First Congregational Church, Berkeley
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