IMOCG opening concert with Erwin Wiersinga
Erwin Wiersinga and the musicians of the Luthers Bach Ensemble will perform in the opening concert of the International Martini Organ Competition Groningen 2022 (IMOCG).
The program of this IMOCG Opening Concert features vocal and instrumental music from the Baroque era. Titular organist Erwin Wiersinga will play various works on his ‘own’ Martini organ, alternated with the LBE choir, soloists and baroque orchestra who will perform transparent and virtuosic music by Dieterich Buxtehude and Johann Sebastian Bach, in a small ensemble.
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Kristen Witmer (soprano)
David van Laar (alto)
Jasper Dijkstra (tenor)
Matthew Baker (bass)
Erwin Wiersinga (1962) teaches organ at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen. In 2014 he was appointed titular organist at the famous Arp Schnitger organ in the Martinikerk in Groningen, with his colleague Leo van Doeselaar. As a concert organist he performs in the Netherlands and other European countries, as well as in Korea, China and Japan. Since 2007 he has been working with the Royal Concertgebouw orchestra, with conductors as Mariss Jansons, Ricardo Chailly, Ivan Fischer and many others. He arranged several music pieces for organ, some of which were recorded and published.
The Luthers Bach Ensemble was founded in 2006 from a desire to perform more Bach cantatas using authentic performance practice. The LBE is the only Early Music ensemble in the Northern Netherlands with an orchestra and two choirs (a chamber choir and a project choir). In recent years, the LBE has managed to attract a core of exceptional instrumentalists. The LBE aims to involve the audience in the emotional richness and intense drama of Baroque music, for example through theatrical performances. This is consistent with the views from the time of Bach that music can give emotional insight into the essential aspects of life. The founder and artistic director of the LBE is Tymen Jan Bronda, cantor-organist of the Lutheran Church in Groningen.