International Organ Festival Haarlem 2012: more than 50 public

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International Organ Festival Haarlem 2012: more than 50 public
PRESS RELEASE 26 January 2012 International Organ Festival Haarlem 2012: more than 50 public events in 14 days of wonderful music The world-­‐famous Improvisation Competition, recitals by top organists and ensembles on the renowned historic organs of Haarlem, Alkmaar and Amsterdam, international specialists on Bach, the Romantics and contemporary organ music, public masterclasses and lectures. All this -­‐ and lots more -­‐ in the next edition of the International Organ Festival Haarlem: 14 to 28 July 2012. The opening concert (Saturday 14 July) will feature the world premiere of the Fukushima Requiem by Zsigmond Szathmáry, performed by Cappella Amsterdam, Calefax Reed Quintet and organist Gerrie Meijer, directed by Daniel Reuss. Prior to this concert, the Haarlem Organ Day offers the opportunity to visit the city's historic churches and enjoy the fine organs. The festival programme includes organ recitals by (among others) James David Christie, Pieter van Dijk, Leo van Doeselaar, Ton Koopman, Jos van der Kooy, Olivier Latry, Jacques van Oortmerssen, Peter Planyavsky, Louis Robilliard, Martin Sander, Roman Summereder and Zsigmond Szathmáry. In the weekend of 20-­‐21 July the Festival symposium From Sweelinck to Bach offers recitals and introductory lectures in Oosthuizen, Edam, Haarlem and Amsterdam (Oude Kerk and Nieuwe Kerk) by guests including Margaret Phillips, Bernard Winsemius, Harald Vogel, Christoph Wolff and Jean-­‐
Claude Zehnder. The International Improvisation Competition will take place during the first week of the festival, in St Bavo's and on the Cavaillé-­‐Coll organ in the Philharmonie concert hall. The jury consists of Klaas de Vries and Joost Langeveld (The Netherlands), Lionel Rogg (Switzerland), Naji Hakim (France) and Wolfgang Seifen (Germany). The jury recital is on Thursday afternoon 19 July, the final round on Friday evening 20 July, both in St Bavo's. The Summer Academy for Organists is an intensive English-­‐language masterclass programme. This year's academy comprises 12 courses, ranging from early English and Dutch music to works written in the 21st century, and from chamber music to improvisation. The academy is open to undergraduates on a professional performers' course and to postgraduates active as performing musicians. Application for the Haarlem Summer Academy 2012 opened on 1st January. All information and application: www.organfestival.nl NOT FOR PUBLICATION For enquires concerning the summer academy, competition and festival concerts, please contact Stephen Taylor, E: [email protected] For more information, interviews, etc. please contact Communicatiebureau De Kippen Tel. (+31) 35 632 11 55, E [email protected]

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