Since November of 2004, a primary element of The Mendelssohn Project has been its production and presentation of salon concerts - afternoons or evenings spent in some of New York City's most beautiful homes filled with the music of Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn.
It was back in the 1830s that Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, having had her prodigious musical talent pushed to the background due to her role in the society of the time, developed an outlet for her musicianship. Fully supported in her efforts by her husband, Wilhelm Hensel, Fanny started inviting friends on Sunday afternoons to her lavish Berlin salon for a few hours of chamber music. This grew as a concept, and before long other women in the city also started doing the same and a tradition had been born.
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