Families of BYSO tour musicians can breathe a sigh of relief: BYSO has made it to Leipzig!
Day 1.5 was an exciting whirlwind that had us traveling by car, plane, bus and our own two feet as we finished this 24 hour journey with a walking tour of Leipzig’s city center!
We started our tour at the Gewandhaus, inside which we were able to learn more about the history of the hall. Did you know that Boston’s Symphony Hall was partially modeled off of the Gewandhaus in Leipzig? Then we went to visit the St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche) and St. Thomas Church (Tomaskirche) where Bach’s remains are now buried. With every step we took, we were immersed in the city’s rich musical heritage.
Our tour concluded with a visit to the New Town Hall, where we climbed the tower to see beautiful views of the city. After much exercise, we were very happy to meet our homestay families over cake at Kupfersaal, where we will be rehearing the rest of this week. We received a very warm welcome from Leipzig choirs of the Gewandhausorchester and Opera Leipzig, and from the Bachfest Leipzig.
Thank you to all who made our journey pleasant and our welcome warm!
Tomorrow morning, we have our first rehearsal in Kupfersaal. Stay tuned here and on our social media for more tour updates!