"The language of music is inexhaustible in its diversity, it breaks through walls of solitude, it connects people with each other" - Germany's former head of state Prof. Roman Herzog.

Leipzig has long been one of Europe's musical metropolis made famous by the work of Bach, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the St. Thomas Choir and many other world-renowned musicians. With its 600-year-old university, science, research and a diverse landscape of art and culture our city still sets international standards today.

In 1989 the people of Leipzig wrote world history once again when they declared Germany's reunion during the “Peaceful Revolution”. Since then, our city has been growing rapidly, especially over the past five years. The economy is thriving and unemployment has declined significantly by more than 10,000 people annually.

With its legendary history of music, Leipzig has always been an attraction for international artists and ensembles. To this day, an immense cultural richness can be seen and heard at the Gewandhaus, at the opera and in many small clubs and concert halls all over the city.

I am delighted that the first “Leipzig International Choral Festival” will be a new, first-class event that will sustain our special musical history and we hope that the festival will be able to establish itself in our city's cultural calendar in the long term.

You, dear friends of international choral music, can look forward to experiencing Leipzig's most authentic, emotional and prestigious concert halls, including the Thomaskirche, Nikolaikirche, Probsteikirche, the Mendelssohnhaus or the Congress Hall.

I would like to thank and congratulate all of those who arranged this festival with great commitment: the organizers, their partners and particularly the participating artists.

Sincerely yours,

Burkhard Jung
Lord Mayor of the City of Leipzig
Leipzig International Choir Festival
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