Recitals on the famous Schnitger organ
For the 2018 summer season Aa Church organist Peter Westerbrink has organized the sixth series of international organ recitals on Monday evenings (8 p.m.). This year there are also tentative plans for a series of lunchtime recitals on Saturday afternoons.
The Schnitger organ
The world famous Schnitger organ in the Aa Church is very versatile. It adds a special lustre to music of the Baroque period but also to music composed in more recent times, thanks to various modifications made throughout the years. The wonderful acoustics of the Aa Church add an extra dimension to any performance.
25 June Theo Jellema
This international series will be opened by Theo Jellema. Jellema is the City Organist of Leeuwarden and requires no further introduction in Groningen, where he has taught at the Prince Claus Conservatory for many years.
02 July Peter Westerbrink
Peter Westerbrink has been the regular organist at the Aa Church since 1992. For this concert he has chosen music by well-known North German Baroque composers and – of course – Bach.
09 uli Andreas Fischer (Hamburg)
Andreas Fischer’s first performance in the Aa Church took place in 2012 and it was an overwhelming experience. Fischer is the titular organist at the Katharinenkirche in Hamburg. His illustrious predecessors were Heinrich Scheidemann and Jan Adam Reincken.
16 July Kirstin Gramlich (Deventer)
German organist Kirstin Gramlich studied for her master's degree at The Hague Royal Conservatory where she graduated cum laude. She has been the cantor-organist at the Grote Kerk in Deventer since 2013. Her repertoire spans from the 17th century to contemporary improvisational experiments.
23 July Martin Rost (Stralsund/Germany)
Martin Rost is a well-known name in Groningen since he gave a wonderful performance here in 2015. He is the organist at the Marienkirche in Stralsund where he plays the famous (reconstructed) Stellwagen organ (1659). Tonight’s programme features works by North German composers including Andreas Dὓben and Dieterich Buxtehude. A programme for lovers of early North German 17th century music.
30 July Bart Jacobs (Brussels)
.Last in this series is a representative of the new generation of organists. Bart Jacobs has a broad repertoire and has made some wonderful recordings. He is the titular organist at the cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudula in Brussels. Thanks to his enthusiasm for the Aa Church organ he was invited to display his skills here this summer.
Admission Monday evenings: € 10
Saturday: 12 noon – 12.45 p.m.
This year there are also plans for six Saturday afternoon lunchtime concerts. Their aim is to introduce a different kind of audience to the organ and organ music. The programmes are lighter and the atmosphere is informal. From 1990 to 1996 these so-called walk-in concerts were a great success. Peter Westerbrink is exploring the possibilities of giving the walk-in concerts a new lease on life. First to perform is organist Christiaan Teeuwsen from Canada. Christiaan Teeuwsen is an Associate Professor of Music at Redeemer University in Ancaster, Ontario and Director of Music at MacNab Street Presbyterian Church in Hamilton, Ontario.
Please note that the followinglunchtime concert schedule is tentative. Check this website for updates.
23 juni Christiaan Teeuwsen (Canada)
30 juni Leonore Lub (Noordbroek)
07 juli Jochem Schuurman (Martinikerk Franeker)
14 juli Tymen Jan Bronda (Lutherse Kerk Groningen)
21 juli Wietse Meinardi (Adventskerk Assen)
28 juli Peter Westerbrink (Der Aa-kerk)
Admission lunchtime concerts: € 2,-