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Thüringer Bachwochen

Name:

Thüringer Bachwochen = Thuringia Bach Festival

Location:

Arnstadt, Dornheim, Eisenach, Erfurt, Gotha, Mühlhausen, Ohrdruf, Waltershausen, Weimar, Wechmar - Thuringia, Germany

Venues:

Authentic venues at the Bach cities as f.i. Georgenkirche Eisenach, Stadtkirche Weimar, Divi Blasii Mühlhausen

Years:

Founded in 1992
Re-founded in 2005 with new concept, annual festival

Months:

March April - beginning a week before Easter and ending 2 weeks after Easter

Artistic Director:

Silvius von Kessel, chairman of the board
Christoph Drescher, festival director and general manager

Ensembles:

Guest ensembles and soloists (La Petite Bande, The Bach Ensemble,
Kammerorchester Basel, Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestra of the 18th Century, The Hilliard Ensemble, Swingle Singers, etc)

Website:

Thüringer Bachwochen

History & Mission:

The Thuringia Bach Festival is the largest festival of classical music in the Free State of Thuringia. Specialising in Baroque music and performing the works of Johann Sebastian Bach in authentic sites,the festival appeals to music lovers and tourists alike.

The state of Thuringia forms an ideal backdrop to the festival because of the unique role it played in the life of J.S. Bach. Thuringia is home to a wealth of authentic Bach sites, including the Bachhaus and Bach’s baptismal church in Eisenach, the church in Dornheim where he was married, Mühlhausen, Arnstadt and Weimar where he composed much of his early work, as well as his ancestral houses in Erfurt and Wechmar. These impressive settings provide a stage and an historical context for a series of ambitious concerts, which make up the programme of this festival.

Recent Festivals:

Mar 24-Apr 17, 2006
Mar 30-Apr 22, 2007
Mar14-Apr 6, 2008
Apr 3-26, 2009

Mar 26-Apr 18, 2010
Apr 15-May 8, 2011
Mar 30-Apr 22, 2012
Mar 22-Apr 14, 2013
Apr 11-May 5, 2014

Logo:

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012 2013

2014

Programme

Source: Thüringer Bachwochen Website; Christoph Drescher - festival director and general manager, Thüringer Bachwochen e.V. (November 2009)

Prepared by Aryeh Oron (November 2009 - February 2014)

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