Our aim is not to simply perform the cantatas one by one, but to provide a thorough experience of Bach and a deeper appreciation of his music. That is why we perform the works according to their place in the church calendar and round out the programme with complementary modules.
A unique concept
One and a half hours prior to the concert, conductor Rudolf Lutz and theologist Niklaus Peter (who succeeded pastor Karl Graf in May 2018) give a 45-minute workshop on the musical and theological background of the evening's cantata.
Only one cantata is performed per concert – but, for that, it is played twice. To present the work in its context, each cantata is performed according to its place in the church calendar.
Between the two cantata performances, a notable speaker reflects on the cantata’s libretto from a modern and personal standpoint. These reflective lectures lends a new perspective to the second hearing of the work.
17.30–18.15: introductory workshop
- Introduction to the cantata by Rudolf Lutz and Niklaus Peter
- Light refreshments for workshop attendees
19.00: concert with reflective lecture
- First performance of the evening's cantata
- Reflective lecture on the cantata text
- Second performance of the cantata
The J.S. Bach Foundation concerts usually take place in the Evangelische Kirche in Trogen, Switzerland. You can reach the church by car or public transport (see directions below). Changes to the concert venue are announced in the concert calendar.
The Evangelische Kirche in Trogen …
… is a historical building of national significance under the protection of the Swiss federal government and the canton Appenzell-Auserrhoden
… was designed by bridge-builder Hans Ulrich Grubenmann, who was commissioned to build the church after an earthquake had severely damaged the earlier gothic-style structure.
… underwent a full renovation in 1989/1990
… has a beautiful Italianate exterior that forms part of the "Landsgemeindeplatz" square. The space is in many ways an architectural witness to an early wave of globalism: urbane and well-travelled merchants built palatial buildings, lending the square an air of grandeur.
The concert venue can be reached by car or public transport.
Travelling by public transport
The "Trogener Bahn" leaves St. Gallen four times per hour and arrives about 30 minutes later in Trogen. The return train after the concert runs every 30 minutes. The walk from the train station in Trogen to the Evangelische Kirche is approximately 200 metres.
Departure times and alternative routes are available here: www.sbb.ch
Travelling by car
Trogen – via Speicher – is approximately 20 minutes by car from St. Gallen.
- Take motorway exit St. Gallen / St. Fiden / Trogen
- Turn right in direction of Trogen
- At crossroads, turn right in direction of Trogen; continue towards Trogen
- At traffic lights, turn left in direction of Speicher/Trogen; follow road
- After 250 metres turn left at crossroads in direction of Speicher/Trogen, follow main road
- Continue through Speicher on main road in direction of Heiden/Trogen
- Continue to the church in the centre of Trogen
Parking at the church in Trogen is limited. Additional parking is available near the fire station depot (car park “Spitzacker”).
“Après Bach” matinée
Every three months, an “Après Bach” Matinée is held on the Saturday morning or afternoon following a cantata concert the evening before.
The matinées are generally held in the conference room at the Krone Hotel in Speicher or in private homes in the Appenzell region.
Coffee and croissants from 09.15, concert begins at 10.15.
Seating is limited. Please register at the Foundation Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org or +41 71 242 16 61). Tickets are CHF 60.00 (or redeem a patron voucher). Tickets are not sent by mail. They can be picked up at the venue on the morning of the concert.