The Hangar Theatre presents a world premier play, Bach at Leipzig, July 10 through July 20, as part of the theatre's second annual New Play Festival. In 1722, seven titans of baroque music gathered in Leipzig, Germany, to compete for the position of church organist at the Thomaskeirche, perhaps the most prestigious post in the country. What happened when Johann Sebastian Bach, Graupner, Telemann, and four other brilliant musicians converged in Leipzig? How did these giants interact? Nobody knows. Nobody will ever know. Perhaps it was a staid affair, with competitive urges masked under rigid standards of politeness. Or perhaps it was a swirl of ego and temperament as seven musical geniuses jousted for recognition and fame.
It is this latter possibility that inspired the comedy Bach at Leipzig by Itamar Moses. One should not be misled by the names of the characters Graupner, Tellemann, J.S. Bachinto confusing Bach at Leipzig with an historical piece. Moses has taken the few known facts about this event and created an entire world peopled with complex characters whose antics delight and entertain. Bach at Leipzig is directed by the Hangar's artistic director, Kevin Moriarty.
For tickets contact the Ticket Center at Clinton House, 116 North Cayuga Street, or call (607) 273-4497, (800) 284-8422, or the Hangar Box Office at (607) 273-8970.