My Brilliant Sister: Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel [Valley of the Moon Music Festival]

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Now in its fifth season, Valley of the Moon Music Festival celebrates Europe’s powerful 19th-century SALONNIÈRES, women who worked to advance the careers and reputations of composers from Bach to Stravinsky. The Festival will continue its two-week musical tour of influential European salons until July 28.

Fanny Mendelssohn, the older sister of Felix Mendelssohn, led a relatively short but astonishing career, composing over 400 works during a time in which, in the words of her father, music could be the “profession” of a man, but merely the “ornament” of a woman. At her family home in Berlin, she hosted a salon where she put on display her own musical talent, performing, composing, conducting and programming new works. In recognition of Fanny’s prodigious gifts,
the Festival’s fourth concert will present several of her original works alongside one by her brother.

Fanny Mendelssohn, Songs
Felix Mendelssohn, Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, op. 58
Fanny Mendelssohn, String Quartet in E-flat major

Danielle Sampson, soprano
Jason Issokson, violin
Keats Dieffenbach, violin
Joshua Gomberoff, viola
Geirþrúður Guðmundsdóttir, cello
Ana Kim, cello
Tanya Tomkins, cello
Christian De Luca, fortepiano
Eric Zivian, fortepiano

*Groups of 6 or more: 15% discount
*Phone orders: 800-595-4849 (No service fees)

*POST-CONCERT RECEPTION will feature wines from Valley of the Moon Winery