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Bach Festival in Leipzig

12 Jun — 19 Jun 2017 | Tour Director: Sandy Burnett

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Tour Director

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Sandy Burnett , MA

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Heathrow 1050 on British Airways, arriving Berlin 1340. Transfer to Leipzig for seven nights at Victor’s Residenz Hotel. Welcome drink and introduction.

Day

2

Morning lecture followed by walking tour of historic Leipzig (Altes Rathaus, Baroque Barthels Hof), lunch at historic Coffe Baum (frequented by Schumann, Wagner, Goethe). Free afternoon. Evening festival concert at Leipzig Gewandhaus: Monteverdi L’Orfeo SV 318.

Day

3

Whole-day excursion to Eisenach (Bach’s birthplace, Bachhouse) and Erfurt (home to many of Bach’s family members). Evening concert at Salles de Pologne with Sir András Schiff (piano): J S Bach Inventions and Sinfonias BWV 772-801, works by Bartok and Kurtág.

Day

4

Whole-day excursion to Arnstadt (Bach exhibition and church) and Weimar (walking tour and Liszt Museum). Evening concert at Thomaskirche conducted by Hermann Max: Mendelssohn St Paul Op 36 MWV A14.

Day

5

Morning lecture followed by performance at Evangelisch Reformierte Kirche: World Federation of International Music Competition Winners. Afternoon visit to Bach Archiv (the world’s pre-eminent centre of Bach scholarship. Evening performance at Thomaskirche conducted by Gotthold Schwarz: J S Bach St John Passion BWV 245 (1749 version).

Day

6

Morning lecture followed by two performances at St Pauli Universitätkirche: J S Bach church cantatas. Free afternoon. Evening organ concert in Gewandhaus: J S Bach Dritter Theil der Clavier Ubung BWV 552, 669–789 and 802–805.

Day

7

Optional morning service at Thomaskirche followed by visit to Museum of Historical Instruments. Festival closing concert with Dresden Chamber Choir and Gewandhaus Orchestra conducted by Herbert Blomstedt: J S Bach Mass in B minor BWV 232.

Day

8

Köthen Castle (where Bach served as Kapellmeister for Prince Leopold). Continue to Berlin for 1645 departure, arriving Heathrow 1745.

Tour Dates

12 Jun — 19 Jun 2017

Days

7

Cost

£2450

Tour Code

BACH-17

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Price includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, welcome drink, breakfast, four lunches (one packed), four dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £230.

 
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