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Organ+

ORGAN+ INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Marking the anniversary of the Grand Organ in Kaliningrad

The Organ+ International Music Festival opened in Kaliningrad on 13th January 2018. Featuring true stars of the musical arts, the festival is dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Grand Organ at the Cathedral on Kant Island. The unique organ complex sounded its first notes on 10th January 2008; this was the day the cathedral found its voice and became Kaliningrad Oblast’s most important musical venue.

The schedule of Organ+ will include concerts held throughout 2018. The best organists and musical collectives are going to perform in Kaliningrad: the Moscow Academic Chamber Choir; multi-instrumentalist Arkady Shilkloper; Alexander Knyazev, People’s Artist of Russia; international competition laureates Aare-Paul Lattik (organ, Estonia), Lada Labzina (organ, Russia), Baptiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard (organ, France), Denis Penyugin (balalaika, Russia) and others.

Organ+ will also include The Single-Painting Exhibition, a joint project by the Cathedral and the State Tretyakov Gallery. Thanks to the Gallery’s support, Kaliningrad’s residents and visitors will have an opportunity to see Vasily Polenov’s masterpiece A Moscow Courtyard at the Cathedral as the city hosts matches of the 2018 World Football Championship. The organ anniversary event will conclude on 30th September, the World Music Day, with the customary Organ Greatest Hits, a musical marathon of 7 concert programmes featuring musicians from Russia, the Netherlands, Japan, and Armenia.

Festival schedule

13th January, 7:00 pm
ORGAN+ INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONY
10
th anniversary of the Cathedral organ

10 organists:
Vladimir Khomyakov (Chelyabinsk), People’s Artist of Russia, international competition laureate, first organist at the Cathedral
Daniel Zaretsky, Professor, international competition laureate, Honoured Artist of Russia
Vladimir Korolevsky (Sochi), organist at the Organ and Chamber Music Hall of the Sochi A. Debolskaya Concert and Philharmonic Association
Balys Vaitkus (Lithuania), Doctor of Musicology, Professor at the Lithuanian Academy of Theatre and Music, international competition laureate
Wacław Golonka (Poland), international competition laureate
Wolfgang Abendroth, (Germany), titular organist at the church of St. John in Düsseldorf, international competition laureate
Antonio di Dedda (Italy), international competition laureate
Olivier Penin (France), titular organist at the St. Clotilde Cathedral in Paris, international competition laureate
Yevgeni Avramenko and Mansur Yusupov, titular organists at the Cathedral, Russian and international competition laureates
The concert will feature Tehmine Zaryan (Vienna), international competition laureate (soprano)
Kaliningrad Oblast Symphony Orchestra. Artistic director and conductor: Arkady Feldman, Honoured Worker of the Arts of Russia
Music by: A. Chaikovsky (world premiere of
Overture for two organs and timpani), A. Vivaldi, J. S. Bach, C. Franck, G. Bovet, M. Mussorgsky, A. Guilmant, F. Nowowiejski, W. A. Mozart (motet Exsultate, jubilate)


14th February 7:00 pm
MELODIES OF LOVE

Arkadi Schilkloper, (Germany/Russia), multi-instrumentalist and composer
Timur Khaliullin (Russia), international competition laureate (organ)

The programme includes original pieces by Arkadi Schilkloper and Timur Khaliullin as well as famous love-themed melodies

 

6th April, 7:00 pm
J. S. BACH. SIX SONATAS FOR VIOLIN AND ORGAN

Alexander Knyazev (Russia), People’s Artist of Russia, international competition laureate (organ)
Kseniya Dubrovskaya (Germany/Russia), international competition laureate

 

8th Aprtil, 6:00 pm
J. S. BACH. GOLDBERG VARIATIONS (organ transcription by Jean Guillou)

Alexander Knyazev, People’s Artist of Russia, international competition laureate (organ)

 

15th April, 6:00 pm
THE HOLY RESURRECTION
YURY BUTSKO. Marking the composer’s 80th anniversary

Yevgeni Avramenko, titular organist at the Cathedral, Russian and international competition laureate
Mansur Yusupov, titular organist at the Cathedral, international competition laureate
Dina Ikhina (St. Petersburg), international competition laureate (organ)
Denis Makhankov (St. Petersburg), international competition laureate (organ)
Anna Alexeyeva, international competition diploma awardee (organ)

The concert is presented by Anastasia Butsko

 

18th May, 8:00 pm
MUSEUM NIGHT

8:00 pm THE RENAISSANCE SHOW
INSULA MAGICA early music ensemble
Artistic director: Prof. A. G. Burkhanov, Honoured Artist of Russia
The playbill includes British, Italian, Spanish, and French secular music of the Renaissance era: madrigals, lute songs, theatric and dance music, instrumental pieces by 16
th-century composers including T. Morley, J. Dowland, R. Jones, T. Arbeau, P. Attaingnant, D. Ortiz, C. Monteverdi and others.

9:00 pm A Journey to the Magic Island
The Magic Lake, Kikimora, Baba Yaga and film music by A. Lyadov
Kaliningrad Oblast Symphony Orchestra. Artistic director and conductor: Arkady Feldman, Honoured Arts Worker of Russia

11:00 pm Baroque’n’Roll
INSULA MAGICA early music ensemble
Artistic director: Prof. A. G. Burkhanov, Honoured Artist of Russia
Russian music of the baroque era

12:00 am Nighttime Haunting

Aare-Paul Lattik (Estonia), international competition laureate (organ)

A.-P. Lattik, J. P. Lazzerri, R. Fumet, A. Kalejs, C. Tournemire, G. Bovet

 

12th June, 7:00 pm
ONE-PAINTING EXHIBITION OPENING

The State Tretyakov Gallery presents:
A Moscow Courtyard by Vasily Polenov. Oil on canvas, 1878.

Lada Labzina, Honoured Artist of Tatarstan, international competition laureate

Kaliningrad Orchestra of Traditional Russian Instruments. Artistic director and conductor: Andrey Stepanenko

M. P. MUSSORGSKY. PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION (organ arrangement by Lada Labzina, traditional Russian instrument orchestra arrangement by Andrey Stepanenko)

 

17th June, 7:00 pm
CHIMES
A ONE-PAINTING CONCERT. A Moscow Courtyard by Vasily Polenov.Oil on canvas, 1878. State Tretyakov Gallery

Moscow State Academic Chamber Choir. Artistic director and head conductor: Vladimir Minin, People’s Artist of the USSR

Music by: S. Rakhmaninov, A. Bruckner, A. Schnittke, E. Ešenvalds, S. Barber, G. Rossini, A. Grechaninov

 

23rd June, 7:00 pm
BIRD CALLS
A ONE-PAINTING CONCERT. A Moscow Courtyard by Vasily Polenov. Oil on canvas, 1878. State Tretyakov Gallery

Batiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard, titular organist at the Church of St. Eustache in Paris (organ, France)
Denis Penyugin, international competition laureate (balalaika, St. Petersburg)
Music by French and Russian composers, improvisations

 

30th September, 3:00 pm — 1st October, 1:00 am
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MUSIC

ORGAN+ FESTIVAL CLOSING CEREMONY
Organ Greatest Hist

International competition laureates Hiroko Inoue (Japan), Jean-Pierre Steijvers (Netherlands), Dina Ikhina, Denis Makhankov, international competition awardee Anna Alekseyeva (Russia)
Titular organists of the Cathedral, international competition laureates Yevgeni Avramenko and Mansur Yusupov
Yerevan Conservatory professor and master duduk player Gevorg Dabagyan (Armenia)
Hide Hide band (shakuhachi and shamisen, Japan)
Multiple international competition laureate Yekaterina Likhina (harpsichord, St Petersburg)
Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre soloists Natalia Petrozhitskaya and Dmitri Zuyev
Ksenia Avramenko (flute, Kaliningrad)
The Kaliningrad Oblast Symphony Orchestra, artistic director and conductor: Arkady Feldman, Honoured Artist of Russia

IN THE PROGRAMMES:
The Sick Doll (organ arrangements of P. I. Tchaikovsky’s Children’s Album and R. Schumann’s Scenes of Childhood) 3:00 pm
Around Bach 4:30 pm
Faith, Hope, Love 6:00 pm
Vox Humana 7:30 pm
The Music of Old Kenigsberg 9:00 pm
2+2=? 10:30 pm
The Orchestra Plays at Midnight 12:00 am

The Organ+ festival is held with the charitable support of PAO Sberbank.



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