Leipzig: Home of Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann...and so much more!
Leipzig has long been one of Europe’s main cultural destinations, thanks to its unique history as a musical and intellectual center of Germany. It is in Leipzig that Bach arrived in 1723 and spent 27 years as cantor at St. Thomas’s School while also serving as the city’s music director, and it is in Leipzig that he composed most of his great cantatas.
Almost 100 years later, Clara Wieck and Robert Schumann were wed and spent the first (and happiest) years of their married life in Leipzig. Also in Leipzig, the young Felix Mendelssohn was named conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and founded the first music conservatory in Germany. Richard Wagner was born in the city center and Edvard Grieg studied piano and composition at the conservatory.
It is no accident, given these great composers, that music continues to play a central role in Leipzig today. The city’s rich musical heritage includes the well-known Gewandhaus Orchestra, which celebrated its 275th anniversary in 2018, and the St. Thomas Boys Choir, which can look back on over 800 years of history.
Bachfest Leipzig 2021
Our visit to Leipzig will coincide with the 2021 Bachfest, one of the world’s most important festivals dedicated to the music and legacy of
J.S. Bach. Known for the quality of its program and the authenticity of the locations, the Bachfest offers performers and audience members alike the unique experience of attending concerts at the original locations from Bach's own time. Included in your program fee are tickets to three concerts at the Bachfest, including the St. Matthew Passion and a concert of the renowned Gewandhaus Orchestra; two private concerts of chamber music; and a Motet performance by the St. Thomas Boys Choir. You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase tickets to additional concerts and performances associated with the Bachfest.
There is something very special about this city and its people. For hundreds of years a center of commerce and political awareness, Leipzig in modern times has continued this tradition by playing a major role in the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. Since the reunification of Germany, the city has taken on a new energy, returning to its glory as a center for economic and cultural activity. As a center of Germany’s automotive industry, both Porsche and BMW have modern, state-of-the-art factories here and we’ll take a private tour of the BMW assembly line and learn about electric car production and carbon fiber technology.
NYRO is pleased to offer a travel program that weaves together music, art, fine food, education, and many more unique cultural experiences. Our expert guides share their knowledge and passion with our group of educated and inquisitive travelers. Our carefully curated itinerary allows participants to explore this fascinating travel destination, connect with like-minded travelers, and deepen their appreciation for the region and its rich cultural heritage.
Please join us for this unique and exciting cultural adventure filled with discovery and authentic local experiences!
Dates and Prices
June 13-20, 2021
Concert and Recital Performances
Bach's St. Matthew Passion
at the Gewandhaus
at the Schumann House
Bach Cantatas Concert
at the Thomaskirche
String Quartet Concert
at the Mendelssohn House
at the Gewandhaus
St. Thomas Boys Choir
at the St. Thomas Church