There's music in the air in Weimar! The Thuringia Bach Festival will be celebrating the 333rd anniversary of the birth of the great baroque composer with concerts held in particularly atmospheric places across the region.
If you have a passion for classical music, then we have a feast in store for you. Running from 21 March to 15 April 2018, the Thuringia Bach Festival features 56 concerts in 15 venues and attracts around 20,000 visitors, making it the region's largest music festival. Thanks to its focus on baroque music and its performances in locations closely associated with Bach, the festival draws crowds from far and wide. Johann Sebastian Bach lived in Weimar twice – in 1703, when he spent six months there as a court musician, and again in 1708, when he had a nine-year spell as the Court Director of Music and town organist. The most important sites in his life now provide a stage and offer an opportunity to explore the history of the great composer's life in Thuringia.
Secular cantatas and genuine premieres
Bach's St. Matthew Passion will be part of the programme in Weimar, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Following the opening ceremony on Bach's birthday, other highlights will include concerts by the Bach Collegium Japan, Stuttgart's Gaechinger Cantorey and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. A number of artists will be making their debuts at the festival, including soloists such as violinist Liza Ferschtman, pianist Alexandre Tharaud and saxophonist Asya Fateyeva, as well as jazz trombone player Nils Landgren and his ensemble. Not to be missed are the two premieres that will be part of the performances of Bach's secular cantatas. For further information, visit www.thueringer-bachwochen.de/en/