Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Johann Sebastian Bach up close in the Bachhaus in Eisenach - Germany

The Bachhaus in Eisenach (Bachhaus Eisenach) is the oldest museum devoted to the composer Johann Sebastian Bach, who was born and baptized in Eisenach and lived in the city until he was 10 years old. Today, Eisenach is home to the Bachhaus, which is the world's leading museum about the great composer and his works. It is located in a 550 year old half-timbered house on the Frauenplan that was purchased by the Neue Bachgesellschaft (New Bach Society) in 1906 and reopened as a museum in 1907. It contains original documents by Bach and provides a specialist library for researchers. In the summer, visitors to the museum can also visit a small Baroque garden behind the house. A modern wing, called the Penkues Building (after the architectural firm that designed it) opened in 2007. The exhibits will lead you through the life in Bach's time, musical instruments from the Bach era, the composer's works, and a few surprises (such as the step-by-step forensic reconstruction of Bach's head), or a movie that shows a rehearsal of the Thomaskirche Boys Choir in Leipzig, which Bach directed from 1723 to 1750.
As a bonus, you'll be treated to a mini-concert of Bach's music on a clavichord, a harpsichord and an organ during your visit to the museum. If you have time, you can sit in a "bubble chair" and listen to recorded music with headphones.
The Bachhaus also has a shop that sells recordings, books and posters. The "Café Kantate" will provide snacks and drinks after you've had your fill of history.
Hours. The Bachhaus Eisenach is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

The Bach Museum in Eisenach

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A first itinerary for the Biola Chorale Tour

The Biola University Chorale is touring Germany and Prague in the footsteps of composer Johann Sebastian Bach in the spring of 2012. The itinerary below is a first outline and still work in progress. 

Day 1, Saturday, April 7, 2012  
Depart USA    
Overnight flight to Germany.

Day 2, Sunday, April 8, 2012  
Willkommen in Deutschland   
Your  Incantato Tour Manager and Driver welcome you at Munich airport and bring your group to the musical city of Bayreuth. After check-in, enjoy a traditional German welcome dinner.

Day 3, Monday, April 9, 2012  
Easter Monday in Bayreuth - Celebrations, sightseeing & performance    
Experience Bayreuth‘s rich history with a special focus on Wagner, before presenting your first tour performance - the choir will sing either Easter Mass or in an Easter Service. After some time at leisure, continue to Weimar for an orientation tour, check-in and evening at leisure.

Day 4, Tuesday, April 10, 2012  
Weimar Exchange, Mayor‘s Reception and Concert  
Bach and Liszt - along with Goethe and Schiller - have left their mark on the city of Weimar and so will the Biola Choir today by presenting a highlight concert in or near this UNESCO world heritage site.  There is the opportunity to visit nearby Buchenwald - a former Nazi concentration camp.

Day 5, Wednesday, April 11, 2012  
In Bach‘s footsteps  
Retrace J.S. Bach‘s life by visiting two very important cities in his life: Eisenach and Arnstadt. Visit the Bach Museum and present a concert in one of the churches the composer worked at followed by a cultural exchange.

Day 6, Thursday, April 12, 2012  
Leipzig in-depth — Recital at Thomaskirche   
Continue your journey in Bach‘s footsteps by driving to Leipzig where a local expert guide will show you around prior to the choir‘s recital at Thomaskirche and/or a concert in the adjacent Bach Museum.

Day 7, Friday, April 13, 2012  
Via Dresden to Prague   
Often referred to as the “Florence of the North,” Dresden is a must-see city. After a guided tour and performance opportunity at Frauenkirche, bid farewell (or “Auf Wiedersehen”)  to Germany and enter the Czech Republic. After check-in, take a guided walking tour of Prague.

Day 8, Saturday, April 14, 2012   
Prague Sightseeing and Concert
The morning is at leisure to experience the many sides of Prague and get some last-minute shopping done. The Biola Choir presents a finale concert later followed by traditional Czech farewell dinner.

Day 9, Sunday, April 15, 2012  
Return home with memories to last a lifetime    
After a leisurely morning with the opportunity to go to church, head to the airport for your return flights to LAX.

Weimar, Germany: A city of culture

Weimar, Germany is best known for its cultural heritage. Located in the federal state of Thuringia southwest of Leipzig, Weimar dates back as far as the year 889. The city previously served as the capital of the Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar.
Weimar is historically recognized as the locaton of the signing of Germany’s first democratic constitution following World War I, lending its name to the Weimar Republic period of German politics (1918 – 1933). The city was also the focal point of the German Enlightenment and the home of Goethe and Schiller, the prime authors of the literary genre of Weimar Classicism. Additionally, Weimar is the birthplace of the Bauhaus fine arts movement, founded in 1919 by artists Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oskar Schlemmer, and Lyonel Feininger. Weimar is home to Germany’s most important musical and theatrical venue, the Deutsche National Theater and Staatskapelle Weimar. The twin institution, consisting of the German National Theater and the symphony orchestra Staatskapelle Weimar, operates a total of six stages throughout the city, hosting touring orchestras and theater companies from throughout the world. Throughout the years, many of Weimar’s historical landmarks have become designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Weimar was even selected by the European Council of Ministers in 1999 as the European Capital of Culture.

FRANZ LISZT - A European in Weimar

On the occasion of his 200th birthday, Weimar will be location of numerous events to remember the great composer.
From 1848 to 1861 Franz Liszt is chief conductor of the Hofkapelle Weimar. To mark the 200th birthday of the great composer, the Schiller Museum and Castle Museum are presenting the State Exhibition “Franz Liszt – A European in Weimar”.

See what the Fullerton College Choir did in Weimar