Stazzema Peace Organ Concerts

Sant’Anna di Stazzema was the scene of one of the worst massacres perpetrated by nazi-fascists during World War II. (See https://longoio2.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/a-via-crucis-for-our-time/ for more details of this horrific event.)

During the Nazi massacre that, on August 12, 1944, claimed the lives of 560 innocent people, even the small organ of the church of Sant’Anna di Stazzema was destroyed by the SS machine guns. In 2007, sixty years after the tragic massacre, music returned to the small town in Versilia, thanks to its Peace Organ Festival. The Peace Organ is a remarkable instrument built by Glauco Ghilardi from Lucca. It’s in the great tradition of the Baroque organ builder in northern Germany, Arp Schnitger (1648-1710) and is the result of the awareness and input of two German musicians from Essen, Maren and Westermann, who, in 2002, embarked on a fundraising trail for the organ in Germany and Italy through concerts under the patronage of the Presidents of Italian and German Republics and with the support of the Tuscany Region, the Province of Lucca, the Municipality of Stazzema and other municipalities and Italian and German institutions.

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The Peace Organ is located in the little church of Sant’Anna di Stazzema, in the National Peace, park which offers visitors the opportunity of visiting the History Museum and the park’s beautiful woodland paths.

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Here is the Peace Organ programme for this year:

EDOARDO BELLOTTI OPENS THE STAZZEMA ORGAN FESTIVAL

The Organ Festival of Sant’Anna di Stazzema Peace reaches its tenth year and, thanks to the collaboration between Italy and Germany, also hosts internationally renowned musicians. There are six concerts, each Sunday from July 17 to August 21 in the Church of St. Anna di Stazzema and a lecture at the S. Anna di Stazzema Historical Museum. The Festival, which is emerging as one of the highest musical quality appointments in the rich panorama of Versilia, is a concrete expression of the power of music to promote dialogue, understanding and collaboration between peoples and cultures.

During the concerts funds will be collected for the expansion of the organ with a deep bassregister to the pedal, whose inauguration is scheduled for the organ’s tenth anniversary.

Sunday, July 17 at 4.30 pm Edoardo Bellotti will hold a conference entitled “The Time Machine”.

At 6 pm the same day Bellotti, organist, harpsichordist, musicologist and teacher, who holds recitals in the most important world festivals, will perform the following program on Stazzema’s Peace organ:

Eduardo Torres – Gradual “Tecum principium”
Max Reger – Intermezzo Op. 80 n. 10
Franco Vittadini – Elevation
Franz Schubert
– Erlkönig D 328
– Abendlied D 382 1797 – 1828
(keyboard arrangement by August Horn)
Johann Sebastian Bach
– Concerto in D BWV 964 by A. Marcello
(Andante, Adagio, Presto)
Domenico Zipoli – Suite n. 2
(Prelude, Corrente, Sarabande, Giga)
Johann Jacob Froberger
– Toccata VI for the elevation of the Host
– Fantasia ut re mi fa sol la
– Toccata XIV in G

http://www.organodellapace.org/
E-mail: amici_organosantanna@libero.it
Tel. +39 339 1348269 +39 338 3221217

SEBASTIAN KÜCHLER-BLESSING AT THE STAZZEMA ORGAN FESTIVAL

Sunday, July 24 at 6 pm there’s a recital by the German organist Sebastian Küchler-Blessing.
http://www.organodellapace.org/
E-mail: amici_organosantanna@libero.it
Tel. +39 339 1348269 +39 338 3221217

GABRIELE GIACOMELLI STAZZEMA ORGAN FESTIVAL

Sunday, July 31 at 6 pm there’s a recital by the Italian organist Gabriele Giacomelli.
http://www.organodellapace.org/
E-mail: amici_organosantanna@libero.it
Tel. +39 339 1348269 +39 338 3221217

THE DUO SAVINO-GUIDI AT STAZZEMA ORGAN FESTIVAL

Sunday, August 7 there’s a recital by the duo formed by organist Michele Savino and Italian oboist Tommaso Guidi.

http://www.organodellapace.org/
E-mail: amici_organosantanna@libero.it
Tel. +39 339 1348269 +39 338 3221217

MARTIN BERNREUTHER AT STAZZEMA ORGAN FESTIVAL

Sunday, August 14 at 6 pm there’s a recital by German organist Martin Bernreuther.
http://www.organodellapace.org/
E-mail: amici_organosantanna@libero.it
Tel. +39 339 1348269 +39 338 3221217

ALESSANDRO BIANCHI AT STAZZEMA ORGAN FESTIVAL

Sunday, August 21 at 6 pm there’s a recital by Italian organist Alessandro Bianchi.
http://www.organodellapace.org/
E-mail: amici_organosantanna@libero.it
Tel. +39 339 1348269 +39 338 3221217

 

 

 

 

 

 

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