What a way to ring in the New Year! Aston Magna Music Festival makes its international debut at the Bach Museum’s Sommersaal in Leipzig, Germany, on January 7, 2015!
The concert is a bright highlight of Aston Magna’s J.S. Bach Workshop Week in Leipzig (January 4- 11), in which workshop participants — string, wind and keyboard players — will be coached in Bach’s A Musical Offering, among other Bach works. Participants are being coached by Aston Magna’s workshop teaching artists Daniel Stepner, Aston Magna’s Artistic Director/baroque violin; Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba; Christopher Krueger, baroque flute, and Peter Sykes, harpsichord.
The Leipzig workshop week is organized with the close cooperation of scholars and researchers from the Bach-Archiv Leipzig, the world’s pre-eminent center of Bach scholarship. This workshop picks up the thread of Aston Magna’s past Academies at Rutgers and Yale. Plans are already under way for a Purcell-Handel workshop in London in February 2016, so plan ahead: these dynamic workshops are open to musicians and their travel partners, with plenty of music and non-music activities for all. Besides coaching, workshop activities include private lectures, concerts, gallery, museum and restaurant visits for musicians and their travel partners.