Leipzig, Germany — 1722. Johann Kuhnau, revered organist of the Thomaskirche, suddenly dies, leaving his coveted post vacant. The town council invites musicians to audition for the coveted position, among them the unknown Johann Sebastian Bach. In an age where musicians depend on patronage from the nobility or the church to pursue their craft, the post at a prominent church in a cultured city is a near guarantee of fame and fortune–which is why some of the candidates are willing togo to any lengths to secure it. BACH AT LEIPZIG by Itamar Moses is a fugue-like farcical web of bribery, blackmail, and betrayal set against the backdrop of timeless and timely questions about art, craft, and Creation.
Directed by Emilia Seay Allen, featuring Philip Brunelle on organ.
Arrive early to hear music of Bach’s era, performed by renowned organist Philip Brunelle, half an hour before the reading.
Featuring some of the area’s best actors: John Catron, Kurt Kwan, John Middleton, Sherwin Resurreccion, James Rodriguez and Will Sturdivant!