World-renowned Bach soloists, classical music in beautiful venues and concerts to remember forever – you can experience all this and more from 23 November to 3 December in the city of Würzburg.
If you're a fan of classical music, then why not treat yourself this autumn by paying a visit to the Würzburg Bach Festival (Würzburger Bachtage). The event, now in its 49th year, has long been one of the ultimate celebrations of Bach's music. It runs for around ten days and pays tribute to one of history's greatest composers with a programme of oratorios, organ, piano and chamber music concerts, and lectures and readings. Although the focus throughout is on Bach's musical legacy, other composers also feature.
Bach in UNESCO World Heritage surroundings
The 2017 event has the theme 'jewels of the baroque' and explores the relationship between Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann, who died 250 years ago this year. Highlights will include the opening concert in the Tuscany room of Würzburg's UNESCO World Heritage Residenz Palace, where you can hear Handel's Messiah oratorio, and the orchestral concert at which students of Würzburg University of Music will play Handel's Water Music and Bach's Concerto for Oboe d'amore. The 17 events that make up the festival will feature Würzburg's Bach choir and Bach orchestra as well as other fantastic ensembles and soloists.
Towards the festive season, the focus will then shift to Bach's Christmas Oratorio, the Bach cantatas at the special services in the Church of St John and the organ recital in Würzburg Cathedral. They are perfect for people interested in religion and sacred music and will fill all visitors with the joys of the season. For more information, visit: www.bachtage-wuerzburg.de and www.wuerzburg.de