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The organ will resound in the Vilnius Festival

The organ will resound in the Vilnius Festival


This year the Vilnius Festival is being enriched by a concert featuring the most impressive instrument of all times – the organ. On June 17th the organ of the Church of St. Casimir will be played by Hayo Boerema, a winner of international competitions, the principal organist of the St. Laurenskerk in Rotterdam, the professor in improvisation at the Rotterdam Conservatory. Tonight’s programme spans from Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces to contemporary opuses and improvisations by the Maestro. The admission is free, thus every connoisseur of organ music is welcome to the Gardens of Harmony.

The organ always was, both in my eyes and ears, the king of all instruments”. This statement belongs to Mozart. Perhaps it was generated by his fascination with Bach, Buxtehude, Händel and Pachelbel’s output for the organ (the genius of the classical era wrote this phrase in the letter to his father written from Augsburg on October 17, 1777). The organ’s ornate architecture is congruous with the abundance of the instrument’s timbres. It can sing as a flute choir, resound as string or wind instruments, roar as thunderously as a lion or bear, jingle as a bell, “speak out” in a voice of an angel or a man, and wave like a sea. Tonight in collaboration with the Centre of Religious Music, the Vilnius Festival presents the king of all instruments – the organ.  

Hayo Boerema, tonight’s organ soloist at the Church of St. Casimir, studied organ at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and choral conducting at the Rotterdam Conservatory, specialised in improvisation under Naji Hakim (Paris) and in French symphonic repertoire with Ben van Oosten.  

Hayo Boerema won prizes in international competitions in Vienna (1998), Nuremberg (1999), Paris (1999), St. Albans (2001), Nijmegen (2004) and Kotka (2005). He gives recitals in his native Holland and abroad, records both as a soloist and with various choirs. In 2005, he was appointed organist of the St Laurenskerk in Rotterdam, and in 2009 was awarded the silver medal of merit by the Société Académique d’Education et d’Encouragement Arts, Sciences, Lettres in Paris for his services to French organ music.

The musician’s discography takes in many critically acclaimed recordings. Currently, he is in the process of accomplishing a gigantic project – the recording of Messiaen’s works for organ.

For the Vilnius Festival audience Hayo Boerema will offer works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ad Wammes and Olivier Messiaen. Maestro will crown the concert with his own improvisations showcasing the possibilities and scope of registers of the Church of St. Casimir’s organ.

The concert featuring the Dutch organist Hayo Boerema will take place in the Church of St. Casimir on Saturday 17th June at 21.00. Admission is free!

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