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  • 26 August 2019

    The outstanding Polish organist Damian Skowronski performed in the evening of the second day of the Festival, which took place from 19 to 25 of August in the Catholic cathedral of St. George in Ano Syros.

    The organizers - the Catholic Diocese of Syros and the Association of Greek Catholics from Syros, have invited artists from Europe to participate in this project for the third time. This time the festival hosted organists from Austria, Switzerland and Poland.

     

    The idea of the festival is to popularize organ music, which, due to differences in the liturgical order, is not known to a wide audience in Greece. Church organ located in the Cathedral of St. George's in Ano Syros are the oldest organ instrument in Greece (they come from 1888), and their sound is unique.

     

    This year, the festival's theme was music from cinema. The organist, Mr. Damian Skowroński, performed organ improvisations based on film music from productions such as "Pianist", "Iron Man", "Phantom in the Opera" or "Lord of the Rings". Mr. Skowroński is an expert in the field of organ improvisation. He is a graduate of the Warsaw Music Academy, an assistant at the FCUM Church Music Department, as well as a student at the University of Arts in Berlin, where he studied organ improvisation with prof. Wolfgang Seifen. In the last song from the film "Chariots of Fire" Mr. Skowroński was accompanied by the Greek oboist Mr. Dimitrios Sideris. The duo met with great applause from the large audience, including the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese for Syros Petros Stefanou. The Embassy was represented by Ms. Anna Maleta, who deals with economic issues and the promotion of culture in the Political and Economic Section of the Polish Embassy in Athens.

     

    Listeners of the concert had also the opportunity to see the exhibition about the life of Stanisław Moniuszko – famous Polish composer, conductor and organist, which was presented in the foyer of the cathedral.

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