Infinity Festival — JS Bach. The Musical Offering
The Basel Infinity Festival will take place for the fourth time this spring. This young festival has already firmly established itself in Basel's music and cultural landscape and is far more than "just" a classical music festival—it deliberately explores the boundaries of classical music and creates an incomparable atmosphere with original, cross-disciplinary concerts. In addition to top-class national and international artists, the Basel Infinity Festival also offers young musicians the opportunity to present themselves to the public. The unique combination of classical music with literature, ethnic folk music, and dance reaches a broad audience.
When Johann Sebastian Bach visited King Frederick the Great in Prussia, the latter asked the old Bach to improvise a six-part fugue on the famous "Thema Regium"—no easy task even for the greatest counterpoint master in history. Spurred on by this event, Bach wrote one of his most famous collections of fugues and canons, all based on the same theme. It is said that his son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach—respected court Kapellmeister to Frederick at the time and probably Bach's most famous son—designed this exceedingly complex theme, which was intended to "test" his father. In this concert, Julia Schröder, a proven and established baroque expert, takes over the violin part. Tamar Eskenian has already made her debut as a flutist at Carnegie Hall and has regularly played under Daniel Barenboim in his "East-West Diwan Orchestra."
Tickets are CHF 25 for adults and CHF 15 for people under age 28.