20th International Organ Festival – The concertante organ

25 September 2021

The 20th International Organ Festival will be held in the Cathedral of Mallorca on 3, 10 and 17 October. This event is part of the celebration of the Feast of the Dedication of the Cathedral.

The widespread upheaval caused by Covid-19 and the project to restore the Cathedral’s main organ have resulted in changes to the usual format of the concerts. The Cathedral’s main organ will not be heard, but the smaller instrument located in the chancel will take its place, not just as a soloist but also as a concertante instrument, alternating with, conversing with or accompanying other vocal or instrumental groupings.

The concerts will be held in the Cathedral on the first three Sundays in October at 20:00. Entry is free and the capacity will be limited. It will also be streamed on the Cathedral’s website and on its official Facebook and YouTube channels. The programme for the 20th edition is provided below:

3.10.2021 – Tintinnabuli

Bartomeu Mut, organist.

With the collaboration of the choir of the Cathedral of Mallorca and the soloists Mar Campo and Juan Antonio García Illanas, directed by Raúl Martínez Villanueva. They will perform works by Arvo Pärt and James Whitbourn. The tintinnabuli language created by Pärt will form the evening’s central thread.

10.10.2021 – Narratio

Miquel Àngel Torrens, actor, and Bartomeu Mut, organist.

Seven centuries of music. A combination of words and music to explain the restoration of the Cathedral’s main organ, built in 1484. The teaser for the documentary ‘La voz de los ángeles. El órgano de la catedral’ [The voice of the angels: the organ of the Cathedral] will be presented, followed by a colloquium.

17.10.2021 – Cum Jubilo

Rafel Riera, organist. With the collaboration of the A l’Octava male voice choir and the baritone Joan Miquel Muñoz, directed by Ricard Terradas. Duruflé’s Missa Cum Jubilo will be performed as the central element of the concert. Works by Gelabert, Kocsár and the organist himself, Rafel Riera, will also be performed. You can watch the concert on the Cathedral’s website where it will be streamed.

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