Dear friends of Baroque music, honoured guests of the city of Zerbst/Anhalt,
The focal point of the 14th Internationale Fasch Festival in Zerbst/Anhalt is “From Luther to Fasch”. From 20 to 23 April 2017, i.e. during the anniversary year of the Reformation, the International Fasch Society and the city of Zerbst/Anhalt will host a festival of Baroque music that aims to connect programmatically Renaissance and Baroque music by investigating the impact of Martin Luther (1483–1546), the main figure of the Reformation, and the long-time court Kapellmeister of Anhalt-Zerbst, Johann-Friedrich Fasch (1688–1758). The festival will take place in a town that was of importance during both historical periods.
Internationally renowned ensembles and soloists will perform in impressive venues in Zerbst/Anhalt as well as the Burgkemnitz Barockkirche. A two-day scholarly conference will examine “Fasch and the Confessional Landscape of his Day”.
Many thanks go to the State of Saxony-Anhalt, to the County of Anhalt-Bitterfeld as well as to all sponsors, volunteers and, of course, to the International Fasch Society. They are all contributing significantly to the success of this year’s festival by providing financial support and contributing on a personal level.
I should like to wish all visitors, performers and scholars an enjoyable and eventful stay in Zerbst/Anhalt and in all the other places which will be opening their doors to us during this music festival.
Mayor of the City Zerbst/Anhalt