In a darkened room, dominated by Yehudi Menuhin's signature in white neon, the Konzerthaus Berlin presents a visually dramatic exhibition devoted to Menuhin life and work, on the occasion of the Centenary Hommage in this spectacular concert hall in Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin. It includes seldom seen memorabilia: such as
* a courteous rejection letter addressed to Yehudi's father, Moshe, by the leading London musical agency, Ibbs and Tillett, saying that the firm's policy was not to engage in speculative projects;
* the honorary police badge given to Yehudi as a teenager by the San Francisco Mayor and Police Commissioner;
* an original handwritten letter from Einstein to Yehudi in 1934, asserting the need for the United States to rearm because of the rise of Hitler in Germany.
The exhibition is open till 1 May only .
For full details of the ambitious and admirably planned Hommage, which also closes on 1 May, see www.konzerthaus.de/en/menuhin-hommage
Design of exhibition: Stefan Schöbinger. Photo credit: Oliver Lang.