Israel, Palestine host first International Organ Festival

Organized by Franciscans, musicians on both sides of the wall

28 October, 16:19

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    (ANSAmed) - ROME - For the first time, an International music event will be held in both Israel and Palestine with the hope and goal of bringing the festival in the near future to Lebanon, and possibly to Syria. The Terra Sancta Organ Festival, organized by Franciscans, will be held on November 5 through 28 in Nazareth, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Emmaus and Jaffa. It previewed on the island of Rhodes at the end of September 2014.

    The sound of the organ is, in the Middle East, a sign of the Christian presence. Organs are found inside churches and in the churches are found Christians.

    An international organ festival, taking place in the Holy Land represents not only a recreational,artistic and cultural moment, but also the public manifestation of this presence.

    That is why the Custody of the Holy Land, whose mission has been for 800 years to support the Christian presence in the Holy Land, approved the project of the Terra Sancta Organ Festival.

    In the concerts, all are welcome: Muslims, Jews and Christians of all rites.

    A special invitation is addressed to the pilgrims and tourists who love music, say the franciscans: "our hope is that, starting from Israel, Palestine and Greece, the festival will, in future years, reach other places where the Custody of the Holy Land has a presence: Jordan, Lebanon, Cyprus, Egypt and Syria. Inshallah (God Willing)".

    Organists are internationally recognized and include American Mark Pacoe (organist and Music Director of the church and the festival of St. Malachy in Times Square in New York), erman Ulrich Pakusch (organist and music director the basilica and the festival of Werl and collaborator of the orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic) and Axel Flierl (the organist and choir director of the festival and the Basilica of St. Peter and Paul in Dillingen an der Donau, Bavaria, which is the co-cathedral of the Diocese of Augsburg). Italian Eugenio Maria Fagiani (organist Symphony Orchestra "Giuseppe Verdi") will perform on the oldest organ of the Holy Land, an 1847 Agati, specially placed in the church of St. Peter in Jaffa (Tel Aviv); Chris Paraskevopoulos, in addition to being one of the best Greek pochi-organists, is also the artistic director of the festival musical that takes place in Rhodes in the Church of San Francesco.

    The festival concerts will be held during the month of November, every Wednesday in Nazareth, every Thursday in Jerusalem, every Friday in Bethlehem, Tuesday 18 Jaffa (Tel Aviv), and Sunday 23 El-Qubeibeh in Emmaus in Palestine. Live streaming will be available through festival website

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