There are three other events in the Ilm district as part of the organ summer. On July 10 at 5:00 p.m., the Italian organ Paolo Oreni from Milan will be the guest of the Saint-Jacques church in Ilmenau. The young Italian is considered very talented and is mostly hailed by pundits for his ‘unrivaled precession’.
Born in Treviglio in 1979, Paolo Oreni began his musical organ training at the age of eleven with Walter Zaramella at the Gaetano Donizetti Musical Institute. In 2000, the Luxembourg Ministry of Culture allowed him to obtain a grant in this country. Further studies led Oreni to notable musicians such as Jean-Paul Imbert and Lydia Baldecchi Arcuri. Oreni, who has won several awards, gives around 100 concerts a year, many of them as a soloist with major orchestras around the world. Since 2006 he has also worked as a master class teacher for improvisation and organ repertoire from Bach to modern music at the Basilica of Ottobeuren and Altenberg Cathedral on behalf of the Diocese of Munich.
Excerpts from Modeste Moussorgski’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” as well as works by Franck, Widor and improvisations will be played on the Walcker organ.
“David, Goliath, Saul and Jakob” – musical-literary evening” is the motto for July 1 at 7 p.m. in the church of Gräfenroda. ) Jürgen Banholzer (Frankfurt) will play the organ, Johanna Krumstroh (Edemissen) will interpret biblical sonatas by Johann Kuhnau and texts by Stefan Zweig and Ernst Stadler.
“Spinning tunes from old and new” will be available on June 26 at 5 p.m. in the Trinity Church in Holzhausen. Tom Anschütz (Waltershausen) accompanies Waltershausen’s “Tenneberg-Consort” on organ and harpsichord, composed of Laura Sattler (recorder) and Tilman Reinhardt (viol). All three share a love of early music and historical performance practices.
For the concert as part of the Thuringian Organ Summer, the ensemble will be reinforced by Sabine Kühnert (recorder). In this expanded lineup, musicians present catchy tunes from the Baroque and Romantic eras to Irish folklore and meditative Taizé arrangements.
Normally, the organ summer collects donations to support Thuringia’s rich organ landscape. This time, however, mine has a different purpose. “We are dedicating this year’s festival to Ukraine and supporting the victims with fundraisers and benefit concerts. Concretely, we support Ukrainian musicians whose existence is threatened. We collaborate with the aid organization “Musicians help Musicians”, which directly supports Ukrainian musicians in need and, above all, gives them fair opportunities to perform in Europe”, explains Theophil Heinke