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 The Bach Festival in Leipzig
with Joe Marchio

June 4 - 19, 2023

June 4 - 19, 2023

Trip Status: CLOSED

Tour Cost: $5950. d.o.; single supp:  $625.
Activity Level:  Easy to Moderate

Saint Thomas Church in Leipzig

In June of 2022, I fulfilled a dream:  I attended Bachfest Leipzig.  It was wondrous; I cried at the beauty of the music.  (Actually, that doesn't take much with me...)   I was awestruck by the performers, not only Ton Koopman, Andras Schiff and Angela Hewitt, but by all the lesser-known, younger individuals and groups.  

The lineup for June 2023 includes again Ton Koopman, but also Lang Lang  and Andris Nelsons.   Although the program is not fully public as of August 2022, but with the usual 3 to 4 concerts scheduled daily, we are sure to find plenty of brilliant music to sink our ears into.  Actually, for me, it was a total sensory experience, being surrounded by Bach's churches, true Bachophiles and the ambience of Leipzig.   

We will start our trip in Eisenach, where Bach was born and schooled and where Luther holed up in the Wartburg Castle to translate the Bible into German – and to escape persecution from the Catholic Church. Richard Wagner also stayed in the Thuringia town for a while, where his Tannhaeuser opera gathered in his mind. (There is also an auto museum: various cars were made there from 1896 to 1991 when the Trabi-like Wartburgs were no longer desirable.)


Ten days in Leipzig will give us ample time to get to know the very walkable town and experience its intriguing alleys, canals and markets. We’ll visit the Bach Museum and Mendelssohnhaus.  During your free time, if there is any, you might want to visit the Grassi instrument museum and the Kunsthalle. 

And of course, we will indulge our senses with splendid music, thanks to the Bach Festival. We’ll hear the gamut of Bach’s known work: sonatas, cello suites, passions, masses, cantatas, motets, fugues, partitas, and organ music (in the Sankt Thomas Kirche where Bach worked for so many years).


We’ll have to balance all this heady culture with good food, beer, and wine. Then we’ll walk that off in the botanical gardens.

In Eisenach, we will be staying at the Glockenhof Eisenach right in the middle of town.   In Leipzig, we will be staying at the Innside Melia, from which you can look out the breakfast room windows and see the Sankt Thomas Kirche across the street.


Bach Museum, Eisenach

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Eisenach, Germany


Wartburg Castle

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Nikolaikirche organ in Leipzig

Two videos from the 2022 trip:

from the Ukranian Youth Orchestra and Chorus:
from the Town Square in Leizpig:


Ton Koopman's harpsichords.


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Joe Marchio
Instructor & Guide

Joe Marchio is a graduate of the College of Wooster, where he earned both a Bachelor’s degree in organ performance and a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies. He earned a Master of Divinity degree at the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music, and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting at the Boston Conservatory. Joe became Music Director of the Chatham Chorale in 2010. He is also the Pastor and Director of Music of the First Congregational Church of Chatham.

Joan Hill

Years ago, it was suggested to Joan that she might offer an art program, and she jumped at the chance of a lifetime. Bringing together all of her life's passions, the development and administration of Artful Journeys is an exhilarating process for Joan.


Joan was born and raised in the apple country of the Hudson River Valley in New York; her father was a gentle, very tolerant, educated land surveyor, and her mother was the efficient business administrator and home engineer. The youngest of four children, Joan was encouraged to pursue anything she wanted, but also to do her best. Sometimes that was very difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.


New Town Hall, Leipzig



Trip cost is $5950.
  • Includes all accommodations, most meals, transportation in Europe, event and museum entry fees, and teacher and admin fees.

  • $625 single supplement. 

  • Not included are personal purchases and pampering.

  • NOTE: A deposit of $500 is required upon registration to secure a place on this Journey.

  • Airfare to and from Germany is not included to enable travelers to use their “travel points,” upgrade flight arrangements, or to extend their trip.

  • Travel insurance is strongly encouraged. Please see the Travel Insurance Form.

  • Covid vaccinations required.

To register for this journey, please click below:

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For questions, please email Joan


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