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Summer organ concerts at the Aa Church

to 20:00 - 21:30 - € 10.00

Der Aa Church
Akerkhof 2
9711 JB Groningen


Series of organ concerts on Monday evenings

From 27 June through 1 August organist Peter Westerbrink will present six recitals on the famous Schnitger organ in the Aa Church. All concerts will be held on Monday evenings.

27 June – Peter Westerbrink

Peter Westerbrink has been the regular organist at the Aa Church since 1992. His interpretation and knowledge of early Northern European organ music have earned him an international reputation. This evening he will perform Orgelcultuur van de Hanze: Matthias Weckman (1616-1674), featuring some of the most famous works by Weckman, such as the series of variations on Es ist das Heil uns kommen her.

4 July – Pieter van Dijk

Pieter van Dijk has prepared a programme that showcases both ‘faces’ of the organ. The old pipeworks are featured in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. The romantic organ is showcased in works by Johannes Brahms and Max Reger. The programme starts with Praeludium und Fuge in c by Felix Mendelssohn. Van Dijk is the organist of the Grote Sint Laurenskerk in Alkmaar and is Alkmaar’s City Organist. He is also professor of organ at the Amsterdam Conservatory.

11 July – Jan Hage

Jan Hage is a fervent advocate and much sought-after interpreter of contemporary organ music. He has given many concerts in the Netherlands and abroad and made radio, television and CD recordings. He is also a continuo player and frequently accompanies soloists and choirs. He has given solo performances with Slagwerkgroep Den Haag, the Asko Ensemble and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, to name but a few. He has composed works for organ and ensembles. In 2011 Hage was appointed organist of the Dom church in Utrecht.

18 July – Jan Vermeire (B)

Jan Vermeire enjoys experimenting and is always looking for new ways in which to help the organ shed its dusty image. He regularly performs with flamenco musicians Michel Gillain and Antonio Paz. He presents organ fairy tales for children with storyteller Peter Van Bouwel. Vermeire frequently performs with other classical musicians. This evening in the Aa Church he will play Orpheus and his pupils – from Sweelinck to Bach.

25 July – Toon Hagen

Toon Hagen has been passionate about Simeon ten Holt’s Canto Ostinato for years. Tonight Hagen will perform his organ version, which has earned him much critical acclaim. The warm tones of the Schnitger organ in combination with the excellent acoustics of the Aa Church promise to be an unforgettable listening sensation. Toon Hagen is the cantor and organist of the Grote or Sint Michaëlskerk in Zwolle and is co-founder of Musica Michaelis, an orchestra made up of professional musicians in Zwolle.

1 August – Peter Westerbrink

To conclude this summer’s series Peter Westerbrink puts the spotlight on organ works by Max Reger. The versatile Schnitger organ in the Aa Church has proved to be very compatible with Reger’s late-Romantic compositions. The programme focuses on the great Passacaglia und Fuge in f. Reger’s quote ‘Bach ist Anfang und Ende aller Musik’ is a clue as to which composer features at the beginning and at the conclusion of this concert programme. Anyone who still thinks that Reger is synonymous with pompous and thundery organ music should certainly come and listen.

Admission: € 10 – Tickets available at the door.


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