September14 2017 (Thu)
7:00 PM

22nd International Organ Festival

Golden Art of Centennial Finland

St. James Basilica | Classical Music

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Date: September 14, 2017 | 19:00 (Thu)
Venue: St. James Basilica
Duration: 60 minutes
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The world known 22nd International Organ Festival in St. James Basilica, Prague. 

St. James Basilica´s Organ from 1705 is the largest organ in Prague and second largest in the Czech Republic. If you would like to experience pure magic whilst listening to the highly praised Organ, you are in the right place!

Program: 

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
Intrada Op. 111a
Vaino Raitio (1891-1945)
Intermezzo
Aarre Merikanto (1893-1958)
Prelude and Fugue in E minor
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Six Chorales of Various Kinds (Schübler Chorales) BWV 645-650
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme / Wake, awake for Night is Passing
Wo soll ich fliehen hin / Whither shall I flee?
Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten / Who allows God alone to rule him
Meine Seele erhebt den Herren / My soul doth magnify the Lord
Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ / Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide
Kommst du nun, Jesu, herunter auf Erden / Come thou, Jesu, from the Heaven to the Earth

Oskar Merikanto (1868-1924)
Passacaglia in F sharp minor Op. 80

Soloist:

International organ virtuoso Jan Lehtola is one of the most successful and progressive Finnish organists of his generation. He has appeared with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Lahti Symphony, Tampere Philharmonic and Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestras and the St. Michel Strings. He has performed at many international festivals, including the Lahti Organ Festival, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Time of Music in Viitasaari, the Tampere Biennale, the annual Festival of New Organ Music in London etc.

Organ concerts in St. James Basilica in Prague are very famous for their long tradition and absolutely unique sound of the organ instrument. St. James' organ dates to the very beginning of the 18th century. The two-manual organ with a pedal keyboard and 26 stops was completed in 1705. Its case, which is still admired today, was quite unique in its time. So far the latest major reconstruction was carried out between 1981 and 1982 by "Varhany Krnov" (Rieger-Kloss). At present the organ has four manuals, 91 speaking stops and 8,277 pipes. 
More info here.

Please note:

The concert also has a live video. Those who will sit at the back seats will be able to see the performers on screen. 
The concert has no intermission.