4 Days, 6 Concerts! Kulangsu Organ Arts Center to open its doors
The Kulangsu Organ Arts Center will be officially unveiled on July 8 to celebrate Kulangsu’s first UNESCO World Heritage anniversary.
From June 8 to 11, six concerts will be held, including four international organists who will perform. They are Isabelle Demers, Thomas Trotter, Dong-ill Shin, and Ken Cowan.
Demers, known as one of the most renowned organists in North America, is Organ Professor and Head of the Organ Program at Baylor University in Texas.
Thomas Trotter is one of Britain’s most widely admired musicians. He was appointed Birmingham City Organist in 1983, and is also Organist at St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, in London.
Dong-Ill Shin is Professor of Organ at Yonsei University and Organist at the Saemoonan Saemoonan Presbyterian, both located in Seoul. He was the winner of the 20th Grand Prix de Chartres and has been hailed as “one of the world’s most promising talents of his generation”.
Ken Cowan is one of North America’s finest concert organists. He is Associate Professor and Head of the Organ Program at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas. He is also Organist and Artist-in-Residence at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas.
In addition to these four organists, the organizers have also invited accordionist Timofey Sattarov, saxophonist Andrej Lakisov, double bass player Bernd Gesell, and violinist Lisa Shihoten.
Located at No.1-4 Sanming Road, the center is tailored for the Casavant Opus 700 organ. An international platform for organ culture, it is the first of its kind in mainland China, focusing on collection, performance, education and restoration.
With a strong focus on public education and arts exchange, the center will hold world-class organ concerts, master classes, and other high-end artistic events.