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The First Malta International Organ Festival

The First Malta International Organ Festival

CONCERT SCHEDULE AND ARTISTS FOR FIRST MALTA INTERNATIONAL ORGAN FESTIVAL CONFIRMED

International line up across the country from 28 August to 12September 2014

Organisers of the First Malta International Organ Festival have confirmed the line-up of artists and schedule of concerts over the two-week extravaganza from 28 August to 12 September

Music lovers and concertgoers will have the opportunity to hear a wide variety of unique performances from some of the worlds leading organists in the remarkable acoustical space of several of Maltas grandest churches, whose physical beauty will add to the magic of the moment.

The recently restored, historic organ of the Anglican Pro-Cathedral of St Paul in Valletta, will be played on the opening night of the festival by Wayne Marshall from the UK, a virtuoso organist and solo pianist and a renowned interpreter of Gershwin, Bernstein, Ellington and other 20th century American composers. Other performers include Erwin Wiersinga (Holland), Vladimir Suzdalevich (Norway), Irina Rozanova (Russia), Vladimir Shliapnikov (Russia) and Gianluca Libertucci one of Italys foremost organists, who currently plays at St Peters Basilica, Rome.

This festival, sponsored by the Lions Club Sliema, will celebrate the rich heritage of Maltas historic pipe-organs, said Joseph Lia, Artistic Director. Some of the worlds foremost organists and opera singers will give audiences an opportunity to experience the beauty of an instrument which only comes alive when it is played. Churches across the island will resonate to the sounds of musical works old and new, putting a special accent on Maltese composers as well as international organ music, adds Lia.

The organ is one of the most valuable musical instruments in the world. It works especially well with the excellent acoustics of the cathedral, creating an unforgettable atmosphere. It leaves a great impression on listeners, enchanting and attracting musical connoisseurs from around the world.

Entrance to the concerts is free, but there is limited space. Full details of the programme for each venue and details of how to reserve a seat can be found on the official web site www.maltaorganfestival.com

 

Date

Performer

Country

Programme brief

Venue

Time

Thursday 28th August

Wayne Marshall

Joseph Lia

UK

Malta

Voice & Organ

Anglican Cathedral

20.00

Saturday 30th August

Erwin Wiersinga

Netherlands

Organ

Anglican Cathedral

20.00

Sunday 31st August

Vladimir Suzdalevich

Norway

Organ

Anglican Cathedral

12.00

Monday 1st September

Dion Buhagiar

Francesca Buhagiar & Graziella Debattista

Malta

Voice & Organ

Hamrun S.Gaetan Parish

19.30

Tuesday 2nd September

Vladimir Suzdalevich  Anastasia Bogacheva

 

Norway

 

Russia

Voice & Organ

Balzan Annunciation Parish

19:30

Wednesday 3rd September

Malta Police Band

Malta

Organ & Band

Anglican Cathedral

20.00

Thursday 4th September

G.Libertucci Gianpiero Cristaldi

 

Italy

Trumpet & Organ

St. Augustine Parish Church, Valletta

20.30

Friday 5th September

Diego Cannizzaro

Italy

Organ

St Johns Co-Cathedral Oratory

19.30

Saturday 6th September

Vladimir Shliapnikov   Elena Jaskunova

Russia

Voice & Organ

Anglican Cathedral

20.00

Sunday 7th September

John Aquilina

Malta

Organ

St. Augustine Parish Church, Valletta

20.00

Monday 8th September (Public Holiday)

Irina Rozanova

Russia

Organ

Anglican Cathedral

20.00

Wednesday 10th September

Andres Uibo  Mari-Liss Uibo

Estonia

Organ & Violin

TaPinu Church, Gozo

19:30

Thursday 11th September

Dion Buhagiar  Alfred Fenech

Malta

Oboe & Organ

St Pauls Cathedral Mdina

19.30

Friday 12th September

Andres Uibo  Dmitry Banaev     Kalypso Ensemble

Estonia

String chamber orchestra and organ

(conductor Dmitry Banaev, Russia),

 

St Johns Cathedral, Valetta

19.30