Musical Prelude to the Festivities Celebrating 50 Years of Jewish Studies at the Free University of Berlin
Concert on 16 June 2014
Roberto Prosseda Plays Works by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Luca Lombardi (World Première)
Since the establishment of the Institute for Jewish Studies in 1964, the Free University of Berlin has become a national and international center for Jewish Studies.
It may sound surprising to the Judaic laity that Judaic teaching and research in Germany only began at the Free University. The attempts by Jewish scholars in the 19th century and in the first half of the 20th century towards the inclusion of Judaism in the "universitas litterarum" failed due to the antisemitic prejudice of the German university. It is a bitter irony that it was only after the destruction and annihilation of European Jewry that the "scholarship of Judaism" in the form of a new subject by the German name of "Judaistik" found its way into the universities of the Federal Republic of Germany. It is certainly no coincidence that the Free University of Berlin, founded in 1948, was the first to establish this subject. Alongside the founding director Jacob Taubes, Marianne Awerbuch, Peter Schäfer, Michael Brocke, and Joseph Dan researched and taught at the Institute.
The musical prelude to the festivities at the Free University of Berlin is a piano recital with the Italian pianist Roberto Prosseda at the Jewish Museum Berlin. Prosseda will play works by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and the Italian-Israeli composer Luca Lombardi, who is currently setting the novel "To the End of the Land" by David Grossman to music. This evening, Prosseda will perform Lombardi’s composition "Mendelssohn at the Jewish Museum Berlin" in a world première.
16 June 2014, 8.30 pm
Old Building, second level, Great Hall
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- Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)Songs without Words
Variations Sérieuses, Op 54
Children’s Pieces, Op 72
On Happy Reunion (world première)
Waltz in D Major
Rondo Capriccioso, Op 14
- Luca Lombardi (born 1945)
Mendelssohn at the Jewish Museum Berlin (world première)
Roberto Prosseda, piano
An event organized by the Institute for Jewish Studies at the Free University of Berlin.