Organ music treat in store

Last updated 05:00 05/03/2014

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Internationally renowned organist and composer Hans Uwe Hielscher will be treating music fans to a rare treat this weekend when he visits Kaikoura.

Hans will be performing at St Paul's Presbyterian Church, which itself is renowned in musical circles for its beautiful and recently restored organ. The recital will be at 2pm this Sunday, March 9.

With a varied programme of music from the 16th century to present day, the concert promises to be a wonderful example of organ music at its finest, and Hans is looking forward to welcoming as many people as possible.

He is on a whirlwind world tour so comes to Kaikoura well-prepared, having played for eight recitals in the United States.

He arrived in Sydney earlier last month from San Francisco.

He has been the organist at Wiesbaden Marktkirche, Lutheran Cathedral, in Wiesbaden, Germany, since 1979, and was the municipal organist at Kurhaus Concert Hall in Wiesbaden from 1987 to 2004.

He has studied in both France and the Netherlands, and has held more than 3200 organ solo recitals across Europe, 52 tours in the US, Canada, Bahamas, Israel, Iceland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Bangkok. He also has a number of TV and radio appearances under his belt, as well as 22 CD recordings.

On top of this, Hans is the author of published books Alexandre Guilmant - Life and Work, and Famous Organs in the U.S.A.

He was also honoured by the French government for his worldwide engagement in French organ music, and nominated Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1985.

It is a real treat for Kaikoura to have such an accomplished musician in town, so do come along and support him. Tickets are available on the door, adults $20, students $5. Coffee to follow.

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- Kaikoura Star

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