Being the third biggest festival for classical music in Germany, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern organizes more than 120 concerts at more than 80 locations all over Mecklenburg-West Pomerania during the summer season between mid-June and mid-September.
One of the central highlights of the program is promoting young and talented musicians. The series “Junge Elite” opens the stage to the best and most promising newcomers around the world who compete for one of the much sought-after young talent awards. The Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern festival supports the young musicians during their career by reinviting them as award winners. Stars like Daniel Müller-Schott or Julia Fischer started out as young talents in the “Junge Elite” series.
Therefore, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern festival is happy to join Berlin Classics in supporting Heide Schwarzweller’s Fanny Mendelssohn Sponsorship Award. It is at the occasion of one of the concerts of Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern that the award is presented for the first time in September 2015.
You can find more information on Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern here.
The “Felix und Fanny Mendelssohn-Gesellschaft-Hamburg e.V.” was founded in 2013 with the purpose of furthering science, education, the arts and culture and in particular to preserve the memory of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, their family and the works of both of them. The management board is chaired by Prof. Dr. Beatrix Borchard with Dr. Regina Back and Peter Krause as members of the board. Please click here to find more information.
A museum to honour Mendelssohn
The Mendelssohn House in Leipzig’s Goldschmidtstraße 12 is the last structurally intact private address of the outstanding musician and composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847). The flat that the Mendelssohn family moved into in 1845 could be restored to the original condition and design of the musician’s lifetime. Since November 1997 it houses a museum honouring its former tenant and vividly displaying the world of the 19th century. In 2014, the museum could be extended, offering visitors the possibility not just to experience this impressively authentic place but to discover the composer and his music thanks to cutting-edge communication technology on another floor of the building.
On both floors ample information on the life and work of Mendelssohn is provided: pictures and films, letters and music scores as well as aquarelles painted by Mendelssohn himself, original furniture, the composer’s study, the music salon, the Effektorium, the children’s museum in the shed – a visit to the Mendelssohn House is great entertainment for all ages.
The written documentation deals with the origin, the education and Mendelssohn’s large circle of friends but also looks at the way the artist was perceived after his death, one of the darkest chapters of German history. The disdain for this musician of Jewish origin that could already be felt in the 19th century but reached its peak under the rule of the National Socialists was the reason why his rich work of was defamed and partially fell into oblivion although Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy was actually the most important composer of the first half of the 19th century.
The most important and meaningful artistic period of his life, which lasted only 38 years, was Leipzig – a time that visitors will also find comprehensive information about.
The museum at Mendelssohn House is well aware of its historically outstanding importance and the related social functions as i.e. the preservation and enhancement of Mendelssohn’s legacy or the musical and historical education of young people. This is why the Foundation who manages the building and the museum has committed itself among other things to safeguarding Mendelssohn’s musical and intellectual legacy and to making it known once more to a wider audience. To this end, concerts are held every Sunday at 11 am in the music salon of the museum.
You can find more information on Mendelssohn House in Leipzig by clicking here.
New contacts: Focus on >> the next generation
Dresden’s Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) maintains a long musical tradition linked closely to Johann Sebastian Bach and Richard Wagner among others who played music here. At the same time, the Frauenkirche Foundation dedicates special attention to providing an unbiased view on the next generation of international top musicians and young talents during the more than 100 concerts, Spiritual Sunday Musics and organ concerts it organises every year. They help question traditions and interpretations, provide food for thought and develop performances and new types of events. Together, we want to move things, take a look at music from a modern perspective and thus sharpen the audiences’ perception.
It is because of this shared vision of a lively continuation of Europe’s musical tradition that the Frauenkirche Foundation feels closely connected to the Fanny Mendelssohn Sponsorship Award. Together, we want to inspire the young elite of musicians to create new concepts and provide a platform for their art.
The Frauenkirche offers the potential and the valuable occasion to reach out to a broad audience for music although it always remains a huge challenge to come up with an interesting offer of concerts in a society that is overflowing in terms of media, technology and consumption. We want to go beyond the short-lived zeitgeist and offer people an opportunity to find their bearings again as human beings with the help of music. Please click here to find more information.