The Paphos Music Lovers Association has set up events running throughout March called the Third Bach Birthday Festival to celebrate the great German musician and composer. An organ recital, an oboe and piano concert and a harp performance have already passed and another six events are scheduled.
These include a fundraising lunch with Master Chef George Halkides and a talk by historian Wally Op-penheim Thursday. To celebrate Bach’s birthday, which is actually on March 31, the chef will prepare a three-course gourmet meal. So, while listening to the recorded sounds of Bach guests will be able to enjoy an atmospheric experience with authentic German cuisine created from 18th-century recipes.
Post-lunch guests will listen to a fascinating talk by historian Wally Oppenheim on The Life and Legacy of JS Bach. The talk will cover the life and times of the great composer and organist, from his birth in Germany in 1685 until his death 65 years later. As well as covering his own life story, it will also look at what Germany and Europe were like at that time and the sad story of his two wives. It will finish by looking at how and why his reputation fell into decline and then revived, and to Bach’s enduring lega-cy, not least in popular culture.
Bach Birthday Fundraising Lunch
Three-course gourmet lunch by Master Chef George Halkides, followed by a talk on Bach’s life and legacy by historian Wally Oppenheim. March 21. 1pm. Monkfish Restaurant Kissonerga, Paphos. The talk will be in English. €20 including a welcome glass of Sekt, a 3-course authentic German lunch and a talk on Bach. Tel: 26-931222