Lucca’s longest-running festival continues throughout May with a series of fascinating concerts, hosted in highly picturesque places, with sacred music, choirs, organ and the Lucchese Masters who have contributed to the city’s history. All this is included the calendar of the fiftieth Sagra Musicale Lucchese, which will run until 11th June, in some of the most beautiful churches of Lucca and its province and is organized by the Archdiocese of Lucca, the Province of Lucca and the City of Lucca (founder members), supported by the Fondazione Cassa di Lucca and Oleificio Rocchi.
On Sunday, May 29th the Sagra Musicale Lucchese holds, in the Badia di Camaiore at 9 pm, an organ concert with Italian and German music from the 18th century, including Bach and Grigny, performed by organist Bernhard Marx, the current master organist of St. Blasien Cathedral in Germany. Bernhard Marx was a student of Marie-Claire Alain organ (Paris), Ludwig Doerr (Saarbrucken / Freiburg) and Gaston Litaize (Paris). He has also participated in several international master classes with Anton Heiller (Vienna), and Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini (Bologna). In 1973 he won 3rd Prize in the International Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Competition of Bruges. From 1972 he has been titular organist of the Johanneskirche in Freiburg and professor of organ at the Pedagogical Academy in the same city. In the academic year 1979/1980 he was appointed professor of organ at Rottenburg’s Hochschule for church music. Since 1997 he is artistic director of the famous Sacred Music International Festival of St. Blasien’s Cathedral (Black Forest). Since 2011 he is organist of St. Blasien Cathedral. Free admission.
For information: 340.30.42.039, www.Sagramusicalelucchese.com