The unique feature of the Terra Sancta Organ Festival is that it is being held at the churches and shrines of the Holy Land and in the locations where the Franciscan Friars of the Custody of the Holy Land have been active for centuries: Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria.
The Terra Sancta Organ Festival is one way to bear witness to the presence of the Christian communities in the Middle East and the Levant in the field of music and culture. Here, organ music is a superior artistic contribution perceived as specifically Christian, the pipe organ being present almost exclusively inside churches. The festival is also an opportunity to promote the maintenance of organs and the study of this instrument, necessary for the liturgy.
The concerts take place in churches, but all are welcome, regardless of their religious affiliation: the Terra Sancta Organ Festival represents, in fact, one of the rare occasions in the Middle East and the Levant in which one can listen to the sound of a pipe organ outside of its normal liturgical context.
All concerts start at 8:00 pm. Free Admission
Wednesday, 4 October 2023
Eugenio Maria Fagiani, pipe organ
Nikoletta Hertsak, soprano
Federica Moi, contralto
Marco Attura, conductor
Time Machine Ensemble
Gasbaro Sborgi (1737-1819), Concerto in Re for organ and orchestra (world premiere in modern times);
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736), Stabat Mater.
Thursday, 5 October 2023
Eugenio Maria Fagiani (Italy), pipe organ
Music by J. S. Bach, Schubert, Rinck, Reger, Fagiani
Friday, 6 October 2023
Dafni Melanitou (Greece), pipe organ
Music by “Bach & Friends”
Saturday, 7 October 2023
Vincent De Pol (Poland), pipe organ
Significant organ repertoire of all ages: Takle, Moretti, Buxtehude, J.S. Bach, Davide da Bergamo, Dieckmann, Guilmant
San Francesco e il Sultano
St. Francis and the Sultan
القديس فرنسيس والسلطان
Opera in four parts
Libretto: Bartolomeo Pirone
Music: Fr. Khalil Rahme
Orchestration: Fadi Taouk
Produced by the Custody of the Holy Land with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute in Beirut and Pro Terra Sancta.
Technical sponsor: Noursat / Telelumiere.
Watch it on YouTube
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6 p.m. – Jerusalem, Athens, Rhodes, Cyprus, Damascus, Amman, Beirut
5 p.m. – Roma, Berlin, Wien, Bern and Central European Time
4 p.m. – London, Dublin, Lisbon
12 p.m. – Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires
11 a.m. – EST
10 a.m. – CT
9 a.m. – MT
8 a.m. – PT
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