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The International Organ Week

If you should happen to like music, and if music is your passion, you could do much worse than live in Mallorca. Music has traditionally played a large part in the history of this island, and our present time is no exception. Mallorca is home to a community which is well versed in musical matters with a dedication to music that is exemplary.

A particular forte of Mallorca is its emphasis on organs. There are around 120 of these magnificent instruments included in a catalogue of organs on the island, many of which are of quite some historic significance. If you like organ music, you’ll be in for a treat or two this week, here in Mallorca. The IV Setmana Internacional d’Órgue de Palma is about to start tonight at 20h30 at the Basílica de Sant Francesc in Palma. The French organist Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin will be performing. Four more organ concerts are scheduled for the duration of the week in this stupendous church, with Italians Christian Tarabbia (organ) and Lucca Magni (flute) performing tomorrow, May 3rd, US American Maria Nacy performing on May 4th, the German Arno Hartmann performing on May 5th, and finally, the British Roger Sayer performing on Friday, May 6th. There will be no admission charge, but a donation in amount of 1 € is expected from you at each concert.

The historic organ in the Basílica de Sant Francesc is one of Mallorca’s foremost organs. It dates from the 16th to 18th century and was rebuilt by Jordi Bosch in 1772. In 2008, an extensive restoration was undertaken by Gerhard Grenzing (Barcelona).

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