2013 Bach Festival, Leipzig
St. Thomas Church: Bachfest Leipzig opening concert with St. Thomas Boys Choir © Bachfest Leipzig, Gert Mothes
The annual Bach Festival in Leipzig is an exciting event, with performances by some of the world’s finest artists at venues that breathe Bach’s spirit and bear the traces of his predecessors and successors. The Bach Society invites you to join us at the Bach Festival 2013, June 14-23. (Travel dates are June 12 departure arriving on June 13 and returning on June 24.) Our small group travel package offers you well-planned days or the flexibility to explore on your own, with your concert visits and hotel organized at an advantageous group price of $3800 (excluding airfare).
See the entire list of concerts included in the travel package.
Bachfest 2013: Vita Christi – The Life of Christ
Bach’s great oratorios—the Christmas Oratorio, the St. John Passion, and the Easter and Ascension Oratorios—form a single narrative telling the life of Christ through the church year. This grand project must have been a highlight in the musical life of Leipzig in 1734-1735. At this year’s Festival, Bach’s unique musical realization of these scenes from the vita Christi will be presented in three concerts, directed by Trevor Pinnock and Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Biblical stories of the life of Jesus Christ inspired many composers to write original works. In this context, you will also be hearing works by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven and Schumann. Every day, cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach will be performed that illustrate the life of Christ.
St. Thomas Boys Choir © Bachfest Leipzig, Gert Mothes
The Bach Society offers a Festival package which includes tickets to the major concerts, hotel (breakfast included), most meals, and guided excursions to Meissen, Wittenberg, and Dresden. Hotel accommodations are in the four-star arcona LIVING BACH14, located directly across from the St. Thomas Church in the city’s historical center, in easy walking distance to other concert venues, museums and shopping. The 2013 Festival package cost is estimated at $3800; this includes the local portion of the trip (concert tickets, hotel, most meals, excursions and local transportation) but does not include air travel to Leipzig.
Reservations are available until January 15, 2013, and the number of participants is limited. To reserve a place in the group, please send a deposit of $1000 to:
Bach Society Houston
att: Robert Moore
2353 Rice Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77005
For more information contact Dr. Robert G. Moore.
Sacred music performed at the original venues: St. Nikolas Church © Bachfest Leipzig, Gert Mothes
BACHmosphere: Bach’s legacy in Leipzig subculture, clubs and outdoor concerts © Bachfest Leipzig, Gert Mothes