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Words of Welcome from Michael EidenbenzHead of Department of Music, Zurich University of the ArtsHonored GuestsThe Zurich University of the Arts is happy to welcome you to an event which is rare, even considering the broad spectrum of events usual for our institution. Unique to this Symposium is the variety of discussions and concerts offered, impressive the magnitude of international professionals assembled, extraordinary the theme. This last may cause surprise, as the organ in general public opinion is that festive instrument of respect that sits in its traditionally impregnable place in the church galleries and on occasion – mostly for weddings and funerals – is quite pleasantly acknowledged.Yet, or better: exactly for this reason is this topic so important. The here-assembled experts know that the organ is much more than an accommodating accompanist for religious family celebrations. The fundamental idea of the Symposium is to demonstrate and to bring the possibilities of the organ's inherent vitality to the foreground.The hope for discussion is its goal.One of the responsibilities of a university music department is to bring music to public discussion. In the name of the Zurich University of the Arts, I offer thanks for the chance to endorse in content and structure this Symposium.I wish all a time of insight and lasting reflection.Michael EidenbenzHead of Department of Music
Press Announcement 11 March 2011The Organ – a central cultural assetEuropean-wide Organ Symposium in ZurichOver a period of four days in September 2011, the Organ will be the focus of aninternational audience. The Symposium themes include relaying the cultural worth of playingorgan [“The Queen of Instruments”], to children and the youth, the promotion of youngtalent and the education of organists, the meaning of the organ, in both liturgical andconcert contexts and the conservation and cultural preservation of the instrument. Firstly,the organ assets/inventory throughout Europe will be summarized by various authors fromthe respective European countries. Renowned personalities have been invited as advisersand to participate in the discussion. The conference is organized by the association"orgel2011", in close collaboration with the Faculty of Music at the Zürcher Hochschule derKünste, the University of Zurich (Academic Music Faculty), the Catholic and ReformedNational Church and various federations.The Addressees who come from all over Europe, are experts in the areas of Organ playing,Teaching (Lecturers, Students), Organ construction (Organ Builders, Organ experts),conservation of monuments, music management, as well as representatives responsiblefrom the Church, Cultural and Political spheres. However, the symposium is more thanmerely a meeting of specialists, with numerous organ presentations, concerts, an organwalk and the public presentation of the Tonahalle Organ, playing with orchestra.Parallel to the symposium, a program including Organ Pipe Construction, Organ Fairy Talesand Organ Demonstrations is on offer to children and the youth. All organ students of theMusic Conservatoires of Basel, Bern, Lucerne and Zurich have devoted themselves over thecurrent semester to the Theme of “Organ Youth Development”, whereby they plan and carryout an Organ demonstration for children and the youth. (Competition announced by thesymposium)World Premieres of works from internationally acclaimed composer Mathias Seinauer,Gérman Toro-Pérez and Burkhard Kinzler will be presented at the opening of thesymposium in a concert in Grossmünster and in musically arranged ecumenical services inthe Liebfrauenkirche. A friendly contention in front of open microphones will take place withOrgan Lecturers from Bern, Basel, Lucerne and Zurich, at the Organ of the French Churchand this will be broadcast on “Ludothek im 2” (Radio DRS), moderated by Roland Wächter.
I am curious as to what published proceedings are (or will become) available Apart from the annual conventions of the Organ Historical Society, American Guild for Organists, and the American Theater organ Society, and some panel discussions which take place from time to time,NOTHING on the scope nor scale of the symposium"Organ 2011" in Zurich this weekendhas occurred in "recent memory" to my knowledge... anywhere.One can hope this becomes an International Annual Event... with different host organizations throughout the world... as the subjects being addressed at this symposium are NOT unique to the European subcontinent...EricKB7DQH
The sound of the organ transcends the here and now.For many it marks marriages and deaths