May 16 at 5:00 pm
Fanny Hensel (1805-1847) was a German pianist and composer of tremendous musical talent and skill like her famous younger brother, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. While Fanny’s works were heard in Sonntagsmusiken (Sunday musicales) at the Hensel home in Berlin, Felix’s reached international audiences. The painting here depicts Fanny’s music room in her home.
You are invited to a search for stars through nine centuries of song with the Choirs of St. Paul’s and Director Susan Jane Matthews, from the Medieval chant of Hildegard von Bingen and the Romantic keyboard music of Fanny Hensel, to Modern settings of the poetry of Sara Teasdale by American Frank Ticheli and Latvian Ēriks Ešenvalds.