City of music  

City of music

Leipzig – city of music

From Bach to Wagner

Leipzig is a musical city through and through. No other German city has such a long musical tradition: the list of great composers who lived and worked here is long and includes Bach, Wagner and Mendelssohn Bartholdy.

The city still has ensembles of world renown today, with the Gewandhaus Orchestra under the direction of top conductor Riccardo Chailly, and the St Thomas Boys’ Choir. Half a million music fans make the annual pilgrimage to the Gewandhaus alone. The Gewandhaus Orchestra plays in the Gewandhaus, at the Opera House and in the Church of St Thomas with the St Thomas Boys’ Choir for performances of Bach’s cantatas.

The Leipzig Opera House, which stages opera, musical theatre and ballet, is the third oldest civic musical theatre venue in Europe, and is famous for its distinguished soloists in particular. Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, which is based in Leipzig, has its own symphony orchestra. It is one of the oldest radio orchestras in the world and gives more than 100 concerts each year both in Germany and abroad.

Every year thousands of music fans also make the pilgrimage to the many music festivals in the city: with the Bach Festival, the Mendelssohn Festival, the Schumann Festival, the Wave Gothic Festival, the open-air events on the stage in the park, the Leipzig Jazz Days, and the “A Capella” festival, Leipzig caters for every musical taste. And last but not least: music at the university under the direction of David Timm plays a large part in the musical life of the city of Leipzig.

last update: 01.11.2011 


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