Arp Schnitger Festival
On Saturday 27 August organist David Higgs will give a concert on the famous Schnitger organ in the Aa Church. The programme features compositions by Bach, Buxtehude, Sweelinck and Mendelssohn, among others.
This year the Bremen Music Festival takes place in Bremen (Germany) from 20 August to 10 September. The Arp Schnitger Festival is held within the framework of Musikfest Bremen. During this festival several recitals will be given on Schnitger organs in Germany and the Netherlands, including the one in the Aa Church.
David Higgs is one of America’s leading organists. He began his career as a church organist at the age of ten. Later he earned his Master of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. In New York he was the organist at the Park Avenue Christian Church and the Riverside Church. After relocating to San Francisco he became the organist and Director of Music at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley, Director of Church Music Studies at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley and organist at the Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco. Higgs gives recitals around the world, from Canada and Ireland to Denmark and Italy. He also regularly performs or adjudicates at (organ) festivals and competitions, such as the Cambridge Summer Festival in England and the Xavier Darasse International Competition in France.
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Variationen über »Mein junges Leben hat ein End«
Dieterich Buxtehude: Toccata F-Dur BuxWV 156
Johann Sebastian Bach: Pièce d’orgue BWV 572
Johann Christian Kittel: Praeludium VII Es-Dur und Praeludium VIII es-Moll aus »16 große Praeludien«
Johann Gottfried Müthel: Fantasie g-Moll
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Andante D-Dur mit Variationen, Orgelsonate f-Moll op. 65/1
The famous German organ builder Arp Schnitger (1648-1719) had a workshop in Hamburg, but he and his apprentices also worked in other places, such as Groningen. Of the many organs Arp Schnitger built in Groningen only three remain today. The organ in the Aa Church was originally built for the Academy church in the Broerstraat. In 1815 it was moved to the Aa-church as a gift from King William I. Today it is considered to be one of the most important organs in northern Europe.
Admission: € 16,- (standard [price) / € 13,- (discount price for children and students under 30). Tickets availabe from the Musikfest Bremen website.