Where Bach still lives...
It's that time of year again. Summer music festivals are all over Europe! Germany holds some of the most famous festivals. Bachfest, in the state of Saxony, is no exception.
Saxony is known for it's beautiful countryside (schoenes wald), castles (schloss), beer gardens (bier garten). It's also home to one of classical music's most famous cities: Leipzig.
Leipzig is a city full of art, music and culture. As Bach lived in Leipzig for 27 years, the people of Leipzig are proud to say that he lived and worked for the city. In his time there, he served the area churches of St. Thomas (Thomaskirche) and St. Nicolas (Nikolaikirche). When I lived in Leipzig, we were given bumper stickers that read "Bach lebt"...in English...Bach lives! Leipzigers, as they are locally known, are proud of the connection with Bach and prove it by this annual event.
If you read German, here is some information about Bachfest: http://www.bach-leipzig.de/ (and in English here: http://www.earlymusic.org/resources/event/bachfest-leipzig-2009)
If you are interested in Saxony, go here for tourist information in English: http://www.saxonytourism.com/
For information on the city of Leipzig in five languages, go here: http://www.leipzig.de/
For articles on German culture, click here.