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Tuning up for Organ Festival
July 30, 2008   
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Every Sunday through Sept. 21, the St. John the Baptist's Metropolitan Cathedral at 8 ¦więtojańska St. in Warsaw is hosting concerts of the 15th International Church Organ Music Festival. The concerts take place at 4 p.m.

A major cultural event in Warsaw, the festival started in 1994 as an initiative by Polish organist Przemysław Kapituła, who has since been the artistic director of the festival.

The Metropolitan Cathedral in Warsaw is a perfect setting for organ music. It houses a large, 60-note mechanical organ that was built in 1987 by German company Eule.

Every year, the festival draws superb organists from across the globe. This year's performers include Francisco Amaya Martinez, a Spanish church organ virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist (piano, harpsichord), who is also a popular composer and a professor at the Conservatory of Music in Alicante. Another virtuoso is Ignace Michiels, a Belgian organist well known for his impeccably pure sound and technique.

Aug. 3- Przemysław Kapituła (Poland)
Aug. 10 - Alessandra Mazzanti (Italy)
Aug. 17 - Francisco Amaya (Spain)
Aug. 24 - Emanuele Cardi (Italy)
Aug. 31 - Heinz-Peter Kortmann (Germany)
Sept. 07 - Hans Ole Thers (Denmark)
Sept. 14 - Ignace Michiels (Belgium)
Sept. 21 - Angelo Castaldo (Italy)

Admission to the concerts costs zl.10 for adults and zl.7 for children, students and pensioners. The proceeds will go towards organ maintenance

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