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42nd International Festival of Organ, Choral, and Chamber Music Gdańsk 2019

This year’s Festival edition will start with an inauguration concert on the 5 th of July and end on the 30 th of August. The concerts will be held each Friday at 8.15 p.m. at St. Mary’s Basilica in Gdańsk. The Indulgence Feast of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary which falls on the 15th of August will be marked with a special concert at 8.30 p.m. The organ and choral repertoire presented by artists from Belgium, the USA, and Poland at ten festival concerts will be diversified and include compositions representing all epochs. The concert audiences will hear a broad pallet of styles, from early organ music masters, to the most famous classical compositions (also folklore-inspired), to contemporary music, jazz included. The magnificent acoustics and unique aura of St. Mary’s Basilica, the largest brick church in Europe, guarantee rich aesthetic and musical experience to everyone in the audience. The concerts at the Basilica will be a unique occasion to visit this major cultural, spiritual, and historic centre which has become the hallmark of Gdańsk, not to mention an opportunity to listen to the remarkable sound of its organ build by the Hillebrand brothers from Hanover, with Merten Friese’s organ case of 1627 transferred here from St. John’s church together with all pipes which were in the working condition.

With its long, over forty-year tradition, the Festival of Organ, Choral, and Chamber Music, Gdańsk 2019, has become a regular event in the musical calendar of Gdańsk. Over all these years we have accumulated broad experience in organizing events of the kind, and have gained a faithful audience of regular attendees, supporters, and music enthusiasts who come to festival concerts year after year. Over the period from 1978 to 2018 the Festival was participated by over 400 artists and ensembles from Poland and abroad.