Pauluskirche, Ruben Drole. Foto: Basel Infinity Festival

Basel Infinity Festival

The Basel Infinity Festival combines classical music with literature, folk music and dance. The festival draws from baroque, classical and romantic to contemporary music.

Binningen, Schlosskeller, Katarina Leskovar (Cello), Nejc Grm (Accordeon)

The festival’s fourth edition started in February 2023 with a small tour in Canton-Basel-Landschaft. On 8 February, the renovated and recently opened Schlosskeller in Binningen featured music from Hungary to South America, a journey through the worlds of tango and rhapsodies with cello and accordion. Other concerts and workshops took place in Dornach and Liestal. Two more concerts will take place in Allschwil on 18 and 22 March.

As the name suggests, Basel is the festival’s main venue. From seven March to five April, there are numerous concerts.

The Männerstimmen in the Pauluskirche. Foto: Basel Infinity Festival

Infinity Basel starts with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s (1749-1832) famous verses from “Walpurgisnacht”, a scene from Goethe’s Faust. They inspired 16-year-old Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847) to compose his light-hearted and euphoric String Octet opus 20 in 1825. The string octet by Romanian George Enescu (1881-1955) is a good complement. At 19, he composed his Octet opus 7 in late 1900, which fascinates by its pulsating rhythms and dark sounds.

Alain Claude Sulzer (Text), Anna Gagane (Klarinette), Sherniyaz Mussakhan (Violine) and Denis Linnik (Piano), 17 March, Jazzcampus Club Basel

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