Houston premiere screening

“Fanny: The Other Mendelssohn” Screening

Event details

  • Friday | February 23 | 7:00 PM
  • Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

“a great story of a long-overdue revival…overdue recognition for a groundbreaking genius”

The Guardian

FIPADOC Biarritz, France


DACAMERA and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston present the Houston premiere screening of this new documentary film.

Societal constraints prevented Fanny Mendelssohn from having a public musical career and her music was lost until determined women unearthed her history. The story of one woman’s struggle to express her creative genius without losing the love and approval of her family and society, directed by her great-great-great granddaughter, BAFTA-winning filmmaker, Sheila Hayman.

Starring pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason and featuring fellow Fanny Mendelssohn champion Sarah Rothenberg, whose U.S. premiere and recording of Das Jahr contributed to the revival of interest in Fanny Mendelssohn.

Post-Screening Conversation with
Sheila Hayman * Sarah Rothenberg * Fanny Mendelssohn scholar Marcia Citron

“Felix Mendelssohn’s sister receives due recognition in Sheila Hayman’s film” – Film Review Daily

This program is supported by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this screening and conversation, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Humanities Texas.


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