In the organ country of Tirol, where around 500 working organs can be found, this beautiful old instrument takes centre stage at many concerts – the top 4 concerts.
The organ, often referred to as the queen of musical instruments, is the largest, loudest and probably the most difficult instrument to master. The sound of this instrument ranges from gentle pianissimo to thunderous fortissimo and has more scope and depth than any other instrument. In Tirol you have several opportunities to experience this wonderful sound.
1 · Organ City Innsbruck
The Tirolean capital has the largest collection of historic organs in Austria, and Innsbruck is intent on preserving this „organ treasure“. Organ concerts are held in Innsbruck Cathedral of St. Jakob, the Hofkirche, Stiftskirche Wilten, Basilika Wilten, Mariahilf Parish Church, St. George’s Chapel and Igls Parish Church.
2 · Hall Organ Festival
The Organ Festival was initiated in 2012 by Galerie St. Barbara in order to gain recognition for regional organists, who already enjoy international reputations, but are less well known in their homeland. They also hope to introduce this extraordinarily diverse musical instrument to a wider audience.
3 · Heroes Organ Kufstein
Make sure you do not miss the daily concert of the Heldenorgel – Heroes Organ - with 4,948 pipes it is the world’s largest outdoor organ and you have the chance of hearing it played at 12 noon every day. The music can be heard far beyond the limits of the city of Kufstein. During July and August, the organ is also played daily at 6pm.
4 · Schwaz Organ Festival
During July and August, concerts featuring international organists playing Tirol’s largest symphonic organ are held at Schwaz Parish Church Maria Himmelfahrt.
Organ Festival · Gerhart Engelbrecht · Gilmstraße 14b · 6130 Schwaz · +43.5242.20705 · www.schwazer-sommerkonzerte.at