August13 2020 (Thu)
7:00 PM

25th International Organ Festival

Everything to the Honour and Glory of God

St. James Basilica | Classical Music

60 minutes | Available

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Date: August 13, 2020 | 19:00 (Thu)
Venue: St. James Basilica
Duration: 60 minutes
Status: Available
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St. James Basilica in Prague: 25th International Organ Festival

Organ concerts in St. James Basilica in Prague are very famous for their long tradition and absolutely unique sound of the organ instrument.

This concert is in honour of Jiří Ropek and Otta Novák.

Program:

  • JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685−1750)
    Sinfonie from the Cantata „Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken“ BWV 29
    (organ arrangement by M. Dupré)
  • JIŘÍ ROPEK (1922-2005)
    Variations on „Victimae paschali laudes“
  • IMPROVISATION ON A GIVEN THEME
  • FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886)
    Fantasia and Fugue on the hymn „Ad nos, ad salutarem undam“ S 259

Soloist:

Přemysl Kšica (Czech Republic)

Přemysl Kšica studied the organ at the Prague Conservatoire, later graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts under J. Popelka. He also studied abroad - at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart under L. Lohmann. He also studied conducting at the Conservatoire in Teplice under J. Valta. He attended the classes of organ improvisation under J. Vodrážka, J. Tůma and J. Mayr. He took part in a number of masterclasses led by outstanding artists, e.g. L. Ghielmi, O. Latry and G. Kaunzinger. He is a holder of many awards from various organ competitions, e.g. improvisation prizes from the Organ Competition in Opava (three times), 3rd Prize at the International Competition of Young Organists in Ljubljana (Slovenia, 2004), 2nd Prize at the Organ Competition in Most (CZE, 2005), 2nd Prize at the Petr Eben International Organ Competition in Opava (2010). He has been a church organist for many years; currently he is an organist of St. Nicolas Church in Prague – Lesser Town. He is a teacher of the organ at the Conservatoire in Teplice. He has given concerts in the Czech Republic as well as abroad (Europe, Russia, China), either as a soloist or in cooperation with instrumental ensembles and choirs.

About organ: 

The St. James´s organ is the largest organ in Prague and second largest in the Czech Republic. The two-manual organ with a pedal keyboard and 26 stops was completed in 1705 by Abraham Stark of Loket.

The organ´s 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.

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Important: 

  • No intermission
  • Dress code: casual 
  • Program subject to change. 
  • We recommend arriving at the venue 30 min. prior to the start of the performance. 

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