The corona virus is quickly spreading worldwide and has turned daily life upside down. In order to limit the number of infections and flatten the curve, the city of Leipzig has taken numerous actions which greatly affect cultural institutions and leisure facilities. The safety of society and the health of each and one of us is top priority right now, so we keep the distance and stay home.
However, the silver lining is that Leipzig people become inventive. They look for ways to make this crisis a little less overwhelming, a little less isolating and bring music and culture to our homes. So although recreational facilities, museums and concert halls are closed, we do not have to forgo cultural delights entirely. The following list compiles digital features from Leipzig and reveals, there are more ways of experiencing music, history and art than going out.
Gewandhaus zu Leipzig
Music enriches the soul, encourages creativity and helps to relax. But most importantly, rejoicing in music unites people across the globe. Seems like the perfect remedy for lock down!
Since 26 March, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig broadcasts records from previous GRAND CONCERTS on Thursdays and Fridays at 12noon. The video streams are online for 24 hours, so go ahead filling your living room with tunes from one of the world’s top five orchestras – and you do not even have to dress up!
St. Thomas Church & Bach-Archive
21 2020, should have been a special day in Leipzig. The great composer JS Bach, who spent almost 30 years of his life in Leipzig directing St. Thomas Boys Choir and writing pieces like the Christmas Oratorio, would have turned 335 years. In order to commemorate this day in an honourable manner, St. Thomas Church celebrated a small festive motet. The 30min long service can be watched on Youtube (organ starts at 1:40min).
For those looking for entertaining information about Bach’s life, the Bach-Archive Leipzig, the central research institution for Bach, has come up with a multimedia Calendarium. It offers audio samples, handwritten documents and highlights important events during his life. A 3D projection lets you discover Leipzig back in the 18th century (additional information available only in German).
The Sunday matinee concerts at Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s solely remaining residence in Leipzig’s Goldschmidtstraße are a little treasure in the weekly music calendar. Despite the cancellation of all public events, the Mendelssohn House will go forward with the performances: Digitally on Facebook! You can stream each concert live or have a look later on. Turn day into night, so to speak.