Newswire | Unveiling of the 2022 CIOC Grand Organ Festival

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Montreal, July 12, 2022 – The Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC) presents its annual Grand Organ Festival throughout the month of October in Montreal. Succeeding the highly successful fifth edition of the Canadian International Organ Competition in 2021, we welcome you to the CIOC’s 2022 Grand Organ Festival. Packed with unique programming aimed at presenting the organ in delightfully unexpected ways, this festival promises to be a new beginning for the CIOC, coinciding with the welcoming of Mary-Beth Campbell as our new Executive Director. Montreal audiences will have the opportunity to discover some of the most talented organists from around the world showcasing some of Montreal’s finest organs along with other activities.

A dozen activities are planned at various locations in Montreal, including a recital by renowned organist Isabelle Demers, a silent-film concert in collaboration with the Montreal Film Society, the annual CIOC Gala Concert featuring two CIOC prize winners and a weekly series of free concerts at the Chapelle des Prêtres de Saint-Sulpice au Domaine du Fort de la montagne (formerly the Grand Séminaire de Montréal), Montreal’s historic jewel.

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Festival des Couleurs de l’orgue français

The Canadian International Organ Competition is proud to once again be the sponsor of the Festival des Couleurs de l’orgue français since 2013. This festival presents concerts each Sunday in October at the Chapelle des Prêtres de Saint-Sulpice at 3 p.m. The 2022 edition will include performances by Nicholas Capozzoli, United States (October 2), Kevin Komisaruk (October 9), Emmanuel Arakélian, France (October 16), Abraham Ross, United States (October 23), and Yves-G. Préfontaine (October 30).

All concerts as part of the Festival des Couleurs de l’orgue français are free and projected on a large screen.

An Unforgettable Weekend: Oct 20 – 23

The CIOC presents a host of events on the weekend of October 20 until October 23, including a Gala Concert, recitals, a silent film screening, and an organ and yoga workshop.

Isabelle Demers plays Petrushka
October 20, 7 p.m.
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste
Isabelle Demers, organ

Nighttime Revelations
October 20th, 9:30 p.m.
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste
Featuring new works for organ by local composers

Gala Concert featuring two CIOC winners
October 21, 7 p.m.
Ascension of Our Lord Church
Aaron Tan, 1st prize winner of the 2021 CIOC and Christian Lane, 1st prize winner of the 2011 CIOC

Mats and Music – A unique Yoga and Organ Experience
October 22, 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
Église du Gesù
Mária Budáčová and Maria Gajraj, organ

Silent Film: Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
October 22, 7 p.m.
Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul
Peter Krasinski, organ and additional guest musicians
In collaboration with the Montreal Film Society

An Evening of 5th Avenue
October 23, 7:30 p.m.
Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal
Daniel Brondel, organ
Featuring live video projection and narration

Ticketing information will be available at www.ciocm.org or by calling 514 510 5678.


About the Canadian International Organ Competition

The Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC) is a world-renowned international cultural organization dedicated to promoting the beautiful art of organ music through competitions, festivals, concerts, educational activities, and monetary and professional support for emerging artists.

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