Sara Levy's World: Music, Gender, and Judaism in Enlightenment Berlin
This symposium, held on September 29-30, 2014, presented a new view of Sara Levy (1761–1854), a Jewish salonnière, patron, and performing musician who shaped the cultural ideals of her time. Levy overcame obstacles of religion and gender to transform Berlin’s artistic landscape, becoming a catalyst for the Bach revival of the 19th century. Through lectures, discussions, and concerts, the conference provided new insight into the issues of artistry, identity, and gender in Levy’s time and ours. The interdisciplinary nature of this symposium, the inter-departmental collaboration it represents, and the international stature of the symposium participants underscore the potential for mutually reinforcing research in the arts and humanities at Rutgers.
See the Jewish Week article on the May 19, 2015 program reprising last year's symposium at the Center for Jewish History Leo Baecke program
Musicology Now, the blog of the American Musicological Society, published an entry on Sara Levy and her World by Center Director and symposium co-organizer Nancy Sinkoff
Generous support provided by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
**This program was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations in the program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment forthe Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.