Art Alert: Concert for organ and trumpet in Cairo's renovated German Protestant Church

Ahram Online , Sunday 6 Mar 2016

The concert celebrates renovation of the antique windows of the church, located in Boulaq, damaged by a bomb blast at the Italian Consulate in summer 2015

Organ at the German Protestant Church in Boulaq, Cairo, Egypt (Photo: fragment from the concert's promotional material)

A concert combining organ and trumpet will take place at the German Protestant Church in Boulaq on Sunday, 13 March.

The evening will feature Klaus Schulte on organ and Britta Giesecke von Bergh on trumpet, performing Czech composer Petr Eben's (1929-2007) work titled Okna (Windows).

In Okna, Eben was inspired by the stained glass windows created by Marc Chagall in the Hadassah Medical Centre in Jerusalem. He chose four of them to be presented through music. As such the composition consists of four segments: Modre Okno (Blue Window), Zelene Okno (Green Window), Cervene Okno (Red Window) and Zlate Okno (Golden Window).

The evening will also include Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's works for organ and Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani's composition for trumpet and organ.

The event is organised in celebration of the recent restoration of the church's windows that were damaged by a bomb blast that targeted the neighbouring Italian Consulate in summer 2015.

The German Protestant Church in Boulaq was opened in 1912 and is known for its historic organ that was mute until it was restored in 2012, paralleling the centennial celebration of the church's founding.

Sunday, 13 March, 7pm
German Protestant Church, Galaa Street, Boulaq, Cairo (next to Al-Ahram building)
Free admission

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