Sound Advice with Rick PhillipsLeipzig Summer 2018

Liepzig Bach Festival

Bach Festival in Leipzig
June 8 – 18, 2018
10 nights

The International Bach Festival in Leipzig, Germany is deservedly famous. Sound Advice® tours has enjoyed several visits to this great festival, and with the repertoire, artists and ensembles offered in 2018, I’m thrilled to be planning a return. Leipzig is a fascinating, historical mid-size city, beautifully restored since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The downtown core, in which our hotel is located, is pedestrian-only, allowing for easy walking access to the wonderful museums, galleries, concert venues, churches, restaurants and shops.

The music of J.S. Bach is so popular that several cities worldwide now offer Bach Festivals, but there is only ONE International Bach Fest, held every June in Leipzig, Germany, where Bach spent the last 27 years of his life. The 2018 Bach Fest will feature magnificent repertoire and a “who’s who” of top international Bach performers and ensembles. Although Bach is the focus, we’ll also enjoy music by Handel, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin and many others. Also included will be a day trip to the nearby historical city of Weimar. Space will be limited to 25 so avoid disappointment and register ASAP.

The concert list is impressive: The St. Matthew Passion, the B Minor Mass, the Goldberg Variations, the complete Brandenburg Concertos, the complete Suites for solo cello, several cantatas – these are just some of the works by J.S. Bach to be featured. In addition, we’ll hear works by Handel, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin and others that contrast and complement the masterworks of Bach.

The list of participating musicians and ensembles is spectacular: John Eliot Gardiner with the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, Ton Koopman with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan, pianist Sir Andras Schiff, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, cellist Pieter Wispelwey and many more.

Concert venues include the churches of St. Thomas and St. Nikolas (where Bach was employed) as well as the world-renowned Gewandhaus concert hall, home of the famous Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, which many believe to be the finest orchestra in Europe.

The ancient city of Leipzig and environs are a lovely part of Europe to explore in warm mid-June weather. Also included will be a day trip to the nearby historical city of Weimar. I hope you can join me……Rick

Some of the performers we’ll hear:

  • Monteverdi Choir
    English Baroque Soloists
    Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner
  • Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
    Conductor: Ton Koopman
  • Bach Collegium Japan
    Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
  • Sir Andras Schiff, piano
  • Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
  • Pieter Wispelwey, cello

For the complete list of concerts that Rick has selected, from which to choose > Download Rick's Picks for Bachfest 2018 [PDF]

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Tour Price Per person:

$2836 for a shared room
$2975 for a single room

*Prices are based on June 2017 international currency exchange rates and are subject to revision

Price includes:

  • Accommodation: 10 nights in a centrally located Leipzig Hotel
  • Meals: 10 breakfasts and 4 dinners or lunches, depending on schedule
  • Rick’s Walking Tour of Leipzig
  • Admission to the Bach Museum
  • Day trip to Weimar – with city tour
  • Rick’s daily presentations/talks
  • All Tips/Gratuities for included activities

Price does not include:

  • Concerts – There are 14 concerts reserved for us. You may buy all the concerts or choose fewer—your choice. This can be discussed with Jane. The complete list of Rick’s concert choices is on the website.  The price is approximately €1055 due January 22, 2018. Tickets not paid for by that date will be released.
  • Flights, transfers to and from hotel and airport. We can arrange flights from cities across Canada and the US. Trip extensions are also available.

To Reserve your place:
Send in a deposit of $500 with the BOOKING FORM [PDF].

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Registration and Information:

Jane Clemens
Vision Travel Solutions

251 Consumers Rd, 7th Floor
Toronto, ON, Canada M2J 4R3
1-800-475-9494 ext 2243       
Direct: 416-915-2243

Terms and Conditions:
Tour cost is $2836 ($2975 for a single room). Deposit: $500 due at the time of booking, non-refundable. All subsequent payments are non-refundable. Travel insurance is highly recommended. Concert ticket payment is due by January 22, 2018. Tour balance is due by April 13, 2018. Tour cost doesn’t include concert tickets, travel to Leipzig, or transportation to and from the airport. Pricing is based on June 2017 currency exchange rates. Vision Travel Solutions reserves the right to make price adjustments in the event of a major fluctuation in rates by June 2018. Concert payment is non-refundable. Flight cancellation is subject to airline cancellation penalties.

About Vision Travel Solutions
Canada’s largest privately owned travel consortium is a shareholder of Radius, a global travel company and a member of Virtuoso, specializing in luxury and adventure travel worldwide.

Vision  Travel acts only as agents for the traveler and accepts no responsibility for the services of any aircraft, bus, hotel, concert agencies, etc. used in this tour, nor any delays, loss or accident to travelers or baggage occasioned by such services. While the organizers will do everything possible to assist travelers, they similarly disclaim any such responsibility. 

The right is reserved to cancel or modify the tour.
Ontario Registration Nos 5008498 and 5008499

To Reserve your place:
Send in a deposit of $500 with the BOOKING FORM [PDF].