The University of Manchester’s resident string quartet, the celebrated Quatuor Danel , will be bringing a very special performance to the Manchester Jewish Museum on 8 December 2022.
The historic synagogue in Cheetham Hill, north Manchester, will play host to music in memory of lost sisters.
Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 6 in F Minor, Op 80, was written in tribute to his sister Fanny Mendelssohn, also a composer, after her death. Felix Mendelssohn himself died just two months after completing this piece in 1847, making this his last great work.
Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s String Quartet No. 16 in A-flat Minor, Op. 130, will also be played. Weinberg wrote the piece in memory of his sister Ester in 1981, with whom he fled Warsaw when it was invaded by the Nazis in 1939. They had planned to flee to the USSR but Ester turned back and the two would never see each other again.
To add further context to what is sure to be an extraordinary evening of music, Head of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures Professor Thomas Schmidt - The University’s resident Mendelssohn expert - will introduce the quartet.
Tickets for this unmissable musical event are still available here.