Free Pipe Organ Concert

Willibald Guggenmos (Germany/Switzerland)

8 June 2013 (Saturday)
5pm
Concert Hall

Acclaimed by The New York Times for his "fantastic technique and dazzling musicianship", Willibald Guggenmos started his first musical training at the Conservatory at Augsburg, Germany and the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, where he earned a total of three master degrees including Piano, Conducting and Organ.


From 1984 to 2001, Guggenmos held the position as organist at St. Martin's Church at Wangen im Allgäu, South Germany, where he directed a richly varied musical programme and performed in 1985 the complete works by J.S. Bach in fourteen recitals. From 2001 to 2004, he worked as organist, sub-conductor and coordinator of music at Munich Cathedral in Liebfrauendom. In January 2004, he accepted the appointment as organist at St. Gallen Cathedral in Switzerland.


His career as a concert organist has taken him to almost every corner of the world in Europe, North America, Canada, Iceland, Russia, the Bahamas and various Caribbean islands, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Far East, including prestigious venues like Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, St. Paul's Cathedral in London, the Cathedrals of Sevilla, Copenhagen, Uppsala, Zurich, Bruxelles, Messina, Antwerp, Cologne, Warsaw, Riga, Reykjavik, Aosta, San Francisco, Ottawa, Sydney and Melbourne, St. Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal in Montreal, various concert halls like Munich Philharmonie, St. Georges Hall in Liverpool, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Sydney Town Hall and Wellington Town Hall, as well as performances at Quincena Musical in San Sebastian and Brucknerfest Linz.


His enormous repertoire includes the complete works of Bach, Franck, Liszt, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Boëllmann, Stehle and Duruflé, the great works of Reger, Dupré and Messiaen as well as countless other important pieces written for this instrument. He has made a number of recordings in various countries for television and radio broadcasting. Highlights of his CD recordings took place at the largest organ at Engelberg in Switzerland, the famous Cavaillé-Coll Organ at Azcoitia in Spain and the legendary "Hill-Organ" at Sydney Town Hall in Australia.


Programme

J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 546

E. H. Lemare (1865-1934)
Joy to the World : Christmas Fantasia on Antioch, Op. 164

F. Liszt (1811-1886)
(Transcribed by W. Guggenmos)
Légende No. 2 :
St. François de Paule marchant sur les flots, S. 175

J. Vogt (1810-1869)
Scène champêtre et Orage

T. Escaich (b. 1965)
Évocation II


Free tickets are distributed at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Enquiries Counter (9am to 9pm daily) from 16 May onwards. Each patron may get a maximum of 4 tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Audiences aged 6 and above are welcome. Running time of the concert is about 40 minutes without intermission. Members of the audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually. Latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break.

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme without prior notice should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

Programme Enquiries: 2734 2009 / 2734 2819