15/11/2018 - 07/12/2018

Undoubtedly, one of the largest events during this time of the year for the lovers of art and classical music is the Malta International Organ Festival, which this year will take place from 15th November till 7th December.  A festival surely not to be missed with 19 concerts by world-renowned musicians in the beautiful Cathedrals, Basilicas and Churches that showcase some of the Maltese Islands’ most stunning architectural and artistic heritage.

The festival brings together world-renowned, top-notch international and local musicians with some of the greatest music written for the organ.  This year, already in its 5th edition, the festival can boast an eclectic programme featuring the organ as a solo instrument, as an accompanist for voice and other instruments, and as part of an ensemble or orchestra. 

Cultural Heritage is often associated very narrowly with museums and archaeological sites, but Malta possesses a much more extensive patrimony of heritage assets including music and our beloved churches and cathedrals.

It was with the arrival of the Knights of St John and the lifting of the Great Siege of 1565, that the building of modern Malta commenced, and the archipelago’s landscape was transformed beyond configurations that had changed very little since prehistoric times. Fortifications, wonderful palaces and a network of small cities, towns, and villages emerged, where at the heart of each was a church.

These small cities, towns, and villages today form the historic centre of our archipelago’s urban landscape, and many are also the venues for the Malta International Organ Festival

The arts have always played a large role in Maltese culture, and it is everyone’s aim that the high calibre programme that has been put together should serve as an endorsement to the event’s international status, becoming now a regular part of the Malta cultural calendar.

The programme kicks off with F.Poulenc's masterpiece - Organ Concerto in g minor for Organ, Strings, and Timpani, together with  K.Fiorini's World Premier of Quatre Miniatures Romaines for Baritone, Organ, Strings and Percussion. 

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Thursday 15 November - 20.00
Opening Concert - Organ, Voice & Orchestra
Poulenc's Organ Concerto in g minor for Organ, Strings and Timpani
Sergio Orabona (Germany) - Organ, Joseph Lia (Malta) - Baritone & Dmitri Banaev (Russia) - Conductor
St. Francis of Assisi Church, Valletta -  (Price €20)

Friday 16th November - 19.15
Organ & Violin - Russian & Maltese Composers
Irina Rozanova (Russia) - Organ & Ilyash Pjotr (Russia) - Violin
Basilica of St. Peter & St. Paul, Nadur, Gozo -  (Free)

Saturday 17th November - 19.15
Organ & Oboe - Vivaldi & Donizetti
Natalia Rakhmatulina (Russia) - Organ & Sandro Gori (Italy) - Oboe
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Church, Fontana, Gozo - (Free)

Sunday 18th November -10.30
Marco Lo Muscio (Italy) - Organ
St. Augustine Church, Victoria Gozo 

Sunday 18th November - 15.30
Solo Organ Concert
Marco Lo Muscio (Italy) - Organ
Victoria Cathedral, Victoria Gozo  -  (Free)

Tuesday 20th November - 20.00
Solo Organ Concert - Sicilian and Maltese organ tradition
Diego Cannizzaro (Sicily) - Organ
Our Lady of Victories Church, Valletta - (Price €20)

Thursday 22nd November - 20.00
Pergolesi's Stabat Mater
Olga Makarina (Russia) - Soprano Met Opera NY (USA),  Dina El (USA) - Mezzo-Soprano, Giacomo Benedetti (Italy) - Organ,
Simone Valeri (Italy) - Conductor
Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Valletta - (Price €20)

Friday 23rd November - 19.15 
Solo Organ Concert
Giacomo Benedetti (Italy) - Organ,
St. Mary Parish Church, Għaxaq - (Free)

Saturday 24th November - 20.00 
Solo Organ Concert
Gail Archer (USA) - Organ
St. Augustine Parish Church, Valletta 

Tuesday 27th November - 19.30
Organ & Guitar
Kristina Vilotševa (Estonia) - Organ & Neils Pfeffer (Germany) - Guitar
St. Bartholomew Chapel, Tarxien -  (Free)

Wednesday 28th November - 19.00
Organ & Trumpet
Franco Cefai (Malta) - Organ & Jason Camilleri (Malta) - Trumpet
Our Lady of Good Council, Paceville -  (Free)

Thursday 29th November - 20.00
Solo Organ Concert
Petra Veenswijk (Holland) - Organ 
St. Peter and St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, Mdina -  (Free)

Friday 30th November - 19.15
Organ & Violin
Natalia Rakhmatulina (Russia) - Organ & Reggie Clews (Malta) - Violin
Our Lady of Annunciation Parish Church, Balzan -  (Free)

Saturday 1st December - 19.00 
All' Italiana - Organ, Flute & Cello
Mariella Mochi (Italy) - Organ, Luca Magni (Italy) - Flute, Daniela Tremaroli (Italy) - Cello
Assumption of St Mary Parish Church, Gudja  - (Free)

Sunday 2nd December -15.30
Christmas From All The World
Mariella Mochi (Italy) - Organ, Luca Magni (Italy) - Flute, Daniela Tremaroli (Italy) - Cello
St. Barbara Church, Valletta  -  (Price €12)

Monday 3rd December - 20.30 
Strada Stretta Concept - Organ in a Bar
Jurgen Grima (Malta) - Organ
Strada Stretta  - (Free)

Tuesday 4th December - 19.15
Solo Organ Concert
Alessandro Bianchi (Italy)
Balluta Parish Church  -  (Free)

Wednesday 5th December - 19.00
Solo Organ Concert - Organ Inauguration
Christian Schmitt (Germany)
The Basilica of the Nativity of Mary, Senglea  -  (Free)

Thursday 6th December - 19.15 
Solo Organ Concert
Marco D'Avola (Sicily)
Conversion of St. Paul Parish Church, Safi  - (Free)

Friday 7th December - 20.00 
Grand Finale
Telemann's Christmas Cantata - Göttlichs Kind, laß, mit Entzücken
VIBE (Malta) , Joseph Lia (Malta) - Baritone & Stefano Molardi (Italy) - Organist and Conductor
St. Augustine Parish Church, Valletta - (Price €20)


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