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7 Oct 2014

Grodno to host international organ music festival

GRODNO, 7 October (BelTA) – An international organ music festival will take place in Grodno on 9 October-20 November, BelTA learnt from the main department for ideology, culture and youth affairs of the Grodno Oblast Executive Committee.

The festival will feature concerts of Belarusian and foreign organ players. Performers will give concerts on the unique organ Magnus Silesia Royal placed in the Grodno State College of Arts. The program of the festival will comprise solo concerts of People’s Artist of Belarus, Professor of the Belarusian State Music Academy Igor Olovnikov; soloist of the Belarusian State Philharmonics Konstantin Sharov and soloist of the concert hall of St Sofia Cathedral in Polotsk Ksenia Pogorelaya. Foreign participants will come to the festival from Germany (concert performer, organist and conductor, cantor and organist in the Lutheran Church in Thuringia Martin Meier), Poland (organist, conductor and composer Gedymin Grubba). Among the performers will be Organ Music Professor in the West University of Timisoara (Romania) Felician Rosca and well-known Russian Yekaterina Melnikova, the author of numerous art projects in the organ music.

According to some data, Grodno is the first city in Belarus and the CIS to acquire the organ Magnus Silesia Royal. The instrument was installed in the concert hall of the Grodno College of Arts in May 2014. The organ was made by the Polish firm Magnus Organy Aleksandra Brodzikowska. The instrument is an absolutely new idea in the music electronics. The instrument has nothing in common with digital organs in the production, representatives of the college said. The latest computer technologies were used in the development of the organ, which allow for reproducing the original sound of the European organs.

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