Finland100 at the Bach Festival


Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Music Lovers,

It is an especially great pleasure for me to be the patron of the Leipzig Bach Festival in this particular year, 2017. Because in addition to marking the anniversary of the Reformation, it also marks another anniversary: in 2017, Finland celebrates its 100th year as an independent nation. We want to celebrate this anniversary year with all friends of Finland– and the Bach Festival offers us a wonderful opportunity to do so.

Music has always had the power to unite people across national boundaries. During the 2017 Bach Festival, more than one hundred music ensembles will be engaging with Bach’s works. New interpretations arise from encounters with other composers. German music has always played an important role in Finland, and exchanges between the two countries greatly contributed to the development of Finnish music. Leipzig and Finland are united by the value they place on the teaching of music. Finland’s most famous composer, Jean Sibelius, regularly visited Leipzig during his stays in Germany. In the 2017 German-Finnish Choir Academy, two youth choirs from Finland and Leipzig will be coming together to present a unique concert in St. Thomas’s Church entitled »Bach meets Sibelius«. Other highlights include performances by the Cantores Minores boys’ choir and the Leipzig Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra, as well as an open-air concert by Iiro Rantala and Ulf Wakenius. Jazz can also do Bach, and vice versa!

I wish all visitors an inspiring Bach Festival in 2017 – and warmly invite you to celebrate this very special year with us.


Ritva Koukku-Ronde
Ambassador of Finland

Concerts with Finnish artists



Fri, June 09 | 8.00 p.m. | Markt | Choir academy Open Air
Sat, June 10 | 5.00 p.m. | Hauptbahnhof | BachGames
Sun, June 11 | 3.00 p. m. | Thomaskirche | Choir academy
Supported by Goethe-Institut

Cantores Minores

Fri, June 09 | 5.00 p.m. | Hauptbahnhof | BachGames
Sat, June 10 | 3.00 p.m. | Thomaskirche | Musical Sercie
Sat, June 10 | 4.30 p.m. | Thomaskirche | Songs from Finland

Iiro Rantala

Sat, June 10 | 8.00 p.m. | Markt | Bach Open Air


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