Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Falcon Choirs Visit Leipzig on April 8

On their way to Berlin, the Falcon Choirs are going to stop in Leipzig on Thursday, April 8.
Leipzig is, with a population of 515,459, the largest city in the federal state of Saxony and in the New states of Germany. It was after East Berlin the largest city in East Germany before German reunification.
Johann Sebastian Bach worked in Leipzig from 1723 to 1750, at the St. Thomas Lutheran church, and Richard Wagner the composer was born in Leipzig in 1813, in the Brühl. Robert Schumann was also active in Leipzig music, having been invited by Felix Mendelssohn when the latter established Germany's first musical conservatoire in the city in 1843. Gustav Mahler was second conductor (working under Artur Nikisch) at the Leipzig Theater from June 1886 until May 1888, and achieved his first great recognition while there by completing and publishing Carl Maria von Weber's opera "Die Drei Pintos", and Mahler also completed his own 1st Symphony while living there.

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