Wagenhallen stuttgart: concert series there and away! Leads bach to new places

"There and away!" – that’s the name of the new concert series of the International Bach Academy Stuttgart. Katrin Zagrosek, managing director of the Bach Academy, will present the new format that will start this fall.

Katrin Zagrosek is the managing director of the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, which will be part of the new concert series this autumn "There and away!" shines. Photo: Helge Krueckeberg

The name "There and away!" may be taken literally. Because the series not only leads to new venues, it also aims to surprise and astonish: In each of the concerts, a cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach is set in new spatial contexts. Hans-Christoph Rademann, conductor and artistic director of the International Bach Academy, moderates and explains his personal approach to music.

Ms. Zagrosek, on October 17th it’s the first time "There and away!". Why do you leave and leave previously familiar places of activity?

We set out to bring Bach’s music, which was once heard in the church, to exciting places that are not primarily associated with music. We have chosen urban locations in Stuttgart that create space for encounters: encounters with music that can be experienced anew in these unfamiliar spatial contexts and enriched by the moderation; and meeting the artists and the team of the Bach Academy in a social get-together after the concert.

Which interactions between music and audience can arise as a result?

In the Wagenhallen, the St. Eberhard Cathedral and the Art Museum, Bach’s cantatas can be directly experienced by the listener in the here and now. They are in constant tension between their own historical ties and the modern spaces in which they are heard. We also made a conscious decision to use small rooms that allow an atmosphere of exchange and conversation.

What is the idea behind creating such a format that is more agile than traditional concerts?

We invite you to contemporary rooms and combine the concert experience with moderation and conviviality. We want to create new approaches to music, on a musical, spatial and content level. With deliberately low ticket prices, we enable everyone to get to know Bach’s music or to think about his music again.

Which artists have you invited for the premiere??

To the opening of our series on October 17th, we have invited artists who have been closely associated with Hans-Christoph Rademann and the Gaechinger Cantorey for many years: Isabel and Martin Schicketanz – soprano and bass – are up-and-coming soloists who stand out in particular through Hans-Christoph Rademanns Schutz recording have made a name. You are well known to the Stuttgart audience from your performances with the Gaechinger Cantorey. Christopher Renz is a member of the Dresden Chamber Choir and the Gaechinger Cantorey and appears repeatedly as a soloist with these ensembles.

How many episodes are planned for the 2019/20 season?

This season our concert series consists of three episodes. We will open the series on October 17th in the Wagenhallen with the cantata "Awake, the voice is calling us" (BWV 140). The cantata will be heard on January 30th "I have had a lot of distress" (BWV 21) in the St. Eberhard Cathedral and on April 2nd we close with "See that your fear of God is not hypocrisy" in the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart – a kind of musical counterpart to the exhibition "Vertigo", that deals with optical illusions.

What are you particularly looking forward to??

The unusual sound experience, the descriptions by Hans-Christoph Rademann and the convivial get-together at the end of the concert.

First season concert in the series "There and away!" – "Cantata 140": Opening on October 17th, 7 p.m., Wagenhallen, International Bach Academy, tickets 07 11/6 19 21 61 and online.

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