Andreas Staier, Ascension Oratorio, Bachfest Leipzig, cantata, Christmas Oratorio, Easter Oratorio, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Hermann Max, John Eliot Gardiner, Leipzig, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, oratorio, St. John Passion, Trevor Pinnock
Next year’s Bachfest Leipzig will be held from 14-23 June 2013 with the motto “Vita Christi” (Life of Christ). Together, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio [BWV 248], the St. John Passion [BWV 245], the Easter Oratorio [BWV 249] and the Ascension Oratorio [BWV 11] comprise the grand oratorio project that dominated the musical life of Leipzig between 1734 and 1735. These scenes from the “Vita Christi” will be presented over the course of three concerts, conducted by Trevor Pinnock and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, in association with discussions of the theological, dramaturgical and compositional connections among them. In addition, Bach cantatas will further illustrate details of the life of Christ on each day of the festival.
The Bachfest 2013 will present the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Andreas Staier, the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Hermann Max, and many others. As is traditional, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the St. Thomas Boys Choir, which is celebrating its eight hundredth anniversary in 2012, will also take part in the festival program.