Concerto at the Schlösschen? Yes of course, dear!

Bach statue at Thomas Church Leipzig, photo: maeshelle west-davies
Bach statue at Thomas Church Leipzig, photo: maeshelle west-davies

Classical Music in Leipzig

By Kapuczino

Sunday concerto, anyone? If you have no plans for Sunday afternoon and feel like experiencing some chillaxed classics in a truly fitting atmosphere, here’s something you shall enjoy. And you can bring your mother-in-law as well!

Leipzig is generally associated with its most prodigal son Johann Sebastian Bach, who has left a great mark on the city, most notably by shaping the world famous Thomaner Choir that has favoured us with dulcet tones up to the present day. And the Gewandhaus Concert Hall provides us some of the best acoustics of any concert hall between Boston and Tokyo. Check out the links for upcoming concerts, some of them are free of charge.

Another maybe not so well known classical treat in our fair city is proffered by the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy College (Hochschule für Musik und Theater). Distinguished students and lecturers perform a great range of music in different places, and this Sunday, August the 2nd at 3pm, two of these will be playing a concert aptly titled Musica studiorum, a study of music. It’s a violin, cello and piano concert at Gohliser Schlösschen, Menckestraße 23. Those of you who have not yet seen the castle, a mere two kilometres north of the city centre, will be surprised to see such a stealthy Rococo jewel in the heart of the residential area of Gohlis. The restaurant’s food would be worth the trip alone.

On Sunday, you’ll be able to hear Fermín Villanueva on cello and Stephan König on piano perform these pieces:

Franz Schubert (1797-1828), ”Arpeggione“ Sonate a-Moll D.821

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946), ”Suite Populaire Espagnole”
Jordi Cervelló (*1935), “Heremía“

Enrique Granados (1867-1916), Intermezzo aus des Oper “Goyescas

Stephan König (*1963), “Die Winde des Sommers“, concert piece for violin, cello and piano op. 207

Enjoy the music and the atmosphere. Tickets are €10 (regular) and €7.50 (students). Fans of classical music should also earmark August the 29th – the Gewandhaus Orchestra will play a free open air concert in the Augustusplatz square.

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