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Performing since 1212, the present-day incarnation performs weekly concerts on Fridays at 6pm and on Saturdays at 3pm.If you’re in town during July or August, you can also catch their open-air shows every Monday at 7pm.Later decades saw the debuts of symphonies by Schumann, Schubert, Wagner and Brahms, and the patronage of such prestigious musical directors as Arthur Nikisch, Wilhelm Furtwangler and Hubert Blomstedt.The renowned orchestra plays a diverse annual program, so be sure to book tickets well in advance.We’ve narrowed down four of the city's must-see sites for music lovers.Thomaskirche has been musically and culturally significant in Leipzig for over 800 years, but its association with Johann Sebastian Bach remains its biggest claim to fame.
In addition to being a virtuoso violinist and conductor, he was also a champion fencer and was colonel of the Légion St.-Georges, the first all-black regiment in Europe.
Bach was cantor, a role that saw him spending most of his time composing choral cantatas for church services.
He held that role until his death in 1750 - look for the out for the bronze plate near the altar marking his final resting place. Thomas Boys Choir is one of the oldest and most respected of its kind.
Catrin Finch, who is known as “The Queen of Harps”, said that while many in the older generation view classical music as a frivolous pursuit for the wealthy, children "don’t have these preconceptions”.
The globally renowned Welsh harpist, who at age 10 was the youngest ever member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain to perform at The Proms, said that nowadays children often know more about classical music than their parents.
With the contributions of Grieg and Mahler, the city's musical history reads like a who's who of German composers.