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"Mendelssohn and His World: Cultural Contexts for 'Elijah'"

October 14, 2015
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library

A panel discussion with Profs. Corbett Bazler, Aaron Hughes, Jurgen Thym, and Reinhild Steingrover

Explore the historical and cultural dimensions of Mendelssohn’s life and work with four UR scholars. Corbett Bazler, Assistant Professor of Music in the College Department of Music and Assistant Professor of Musicology at the Eastman School, will share his expertise on traditions of oratorio. Aaron Hughes, the Philip S. Bernstein Professor of Jewish Studies, will provide perspectives on Mendelssohn’s German Jewish background, including discussion of his grandfather, Moses Mendelssohn. Jurgen Thym, Emeritus Professor of Musicology at Eastman and the editor of a recently-published collection of essays on Mendelssohn and the organ, will offer insights into the place of “Elijah” in Mendelssohn’s career. The panel will be moderated by Reinhild Steingrover, Professor of German and Chair of the Department of Humanities at the Eastman School, and herself a scholar of German culture and the arts. There will be ample time for questions and exchange with the audience.

A reception will follow the program. Parking is available in the Rush Rhees Library lot.

A program for campus and community sponsored in connection with the Rochester Oratorio Society Performance of “Elijah” on October 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hochstein Performance Hall.

Category: Lectures and Seminars