Penza to hold first organ music festival
Penza, 12 January 2016. PenzaNews. The Penza regional Philharmonic Hall will host the first festival of organ music “Penza Fest” between January 30 and February 25.
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It will feature a total of six concerts by Russian and foreign organists.
In particular, on Saturday, January 30, Gianlucca Libertucci, organist of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican, professor at the Conservatory of Music in Venice, will perform with a program “Music of Vatican.”
On Friday, January 5, the audience of the Philharmonic Hall will enjoy music written in 20th and 21st centuries and Organ Mass by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by Alexei Shmitov, Moscow musician, member of the Russian Composers Union.
On Saturday, February 13, the Belgian organist Peter Van de Velde will perform works from his new program “Souvenir from Antwerp” together with the Saratov antique music ensemble “Trio-Sonata.”
The day after, the audience will enjoy the performance of Taras Bagints, one of the most eagerly sought touring organists of Russia, soloist of the Sverdlovsk State Academic Philharmonic Hall, who first met with the Penza public a year ago. This time, he will present his new concert program titled “Johann Sebastian Bach. Organ Compositions.”
Some of Bach’s works will also be performed by Maria Lebedeva, organist from St. Petersburg, who will present the program “Organ Music of Four Centuries” on Sunday, February 21.
The final day of the festival – Thursday, February 25 – will feature a performance of Fabrice Pitrois, professor at the Conservatory of Lyon born in the French town of Annecy, organ player at the Narbonne Cathedral.
The tickets for organ concerts will cost from 500 to 700 rubles, says the website of the Penza Philharmonic Hall.