Tomorrow, Thursday, will see the drawing of the curtain on the 5th edition of the International Organ Festival with a varied programme of classical singing and organ interpretations of different varieties.
The Festival will build on the previous editions with a series of concerts, some based on the architectural treasures of the Maltese Islands, including Cathedrals, churches and Basilicas.
This year’s concert is an effort to rekindle passion in the organ as a musical instrument while providing a platform of nostalgia for those who already appreciate organ music. The festival will be inaugurated tomorrow with a concert that will combine the organ with classical singing accompanied by an orchestra in the Valletta church dedicated to St Francis of Assisi.
Seven concerts will be held in Valletta, three in Gozo and others in Gudja, Tarxien, Paceville, Safi, Għaxaq, Balzan, Balluta, Senglea and Mdina. For these concerts the organ will be accompanied by other instruments such as the violin. In all, 19 concerts will be staged as well as a masterclass and a workshop for young musicians.
Musical Director Joseph Lia said the festival will draw some of the best classical musicians in the world and will reach its climax with the final concert on Friday, 7th December in the Santu Wistin Parish Church in Valletta, a concert of baroque music that will be directed by the maestro and organist, the Italian Stefano Molardi and will include classical pieces by Handel and Bach together with baritone Joseph Lia.