Music – and a café mélange on the side? Typical coffee-house culture in Leipzig in the eighteenth century! The «Zimmermannische Caffe-Haus» in the Katharinenstraße
hosted the local collegium musicum at least weekly, and patrons could feast on music as well as food and drink. This made for an extremely lively establishment. Johann Sebastian Bach, who took over the ensemble some years later, composed his festive orchestral suites for this purpose. Conducted by the Swiss Baroque specialist Diego Fasolis, who has for many years been one of the most important figures in this field, the Tonkunstler will perform the first and third suites (the latter especially popular because of its dreamy «Air»). An atmosphere of refinement will be created in the traditional Grafenegg Christmas concerts by a selection of Bach’s vocal works, for example the cantata «Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen» («Shout for joy to God in all lands»). This features not only a brilliant solo trumpet part but also the jubilant voice of virtuoso soprano Anna Lucia Richter.
Why not use your concert ticket for a free entrance to Grafenegg's christmas fair on the same evening? We invite you to regional culinarics, tasty delicacies and handcrafted art!