Leipzig: where musical tradition is alive
Clara Schumann once said ‘Oh, how I envy Leipzig for its music!’ The Schumanns worked in the Saxon city; Felix Mendelsohn Bartholdy, Johann Sebastian Bach, Gustav Mahler and Richard Wagner were even born here. It’s a tradition that the Saxon city is proud of. Here, the love of classical music is alive with passion in the form of numerous classical music festivals. The Leipzig Romantic (May) kicks off festival season, before a whole festival, Bachfest, dedicated to the most well-known director of the Thomanerchor, Johann Sebastian Bach, is held in June. As is tradition, the Thomanerchor boys’ choir still opens the festival. In autumn, the Wagner and Mendelssohn festivals (October) draw people to the concert halls.
The music scene is, however, more diverse these days, and even those that are not fans of classical music can still get their fill. Th!nk? at Cospudener See (July) is a musical highlight. It is one of the largest electronic music events in Central Germany. If you’re into Dixie music, then you’ll find exactly what you’re after an hour further east in Dresden, where the international Dixieland Festival takes place every May.