17 Feb 2021
Fringe: pipe organ concerts - artists announced
The Southern Cross | February 5 2021
The schedule for this year’s free Fringe lunchtime concerts in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral has been released, with some familiar faces returning.
Perth’s Jacinta Jakovcevic will perform at the first half-hour concert on Wednesday March 3, Dr Amir Robin-Karas of Adelaide will play on March 10 and Andrew Georg will perform at the concert on March 17. All three artists have featured in previous Fringe concerts and said they were excited to have another opportunity to play the unique Casvant Frères pipe organ which was built in Canada in 1927.
Dr Robin-Karas is no stranger to the instrument, being a regular organist at Masses in the Cathedral and has featured in previous Fringe concerts.
In an interview with The Southern Cross in 2018 he described his joy and the challenges of playing the pipe organ.
“The organ is like an orchestra for one… and no two organists will have the same interpretation of the music,” he said.
“It is a very difficult and tough instrument and it needs a lot of coordination between the hands and feet. At the same time you need to think about the music itself and what stops to use for this or that passage, and how to get the musical effect that you need for the piece.
“The organ can be a very boring instrument if you are just sustaining chords in a certain way without any real awareness of the music being played, but when it is used in a good way it can be very dramatic and catch the attention of everyone.”
This is the fifth year the pipe organ concerts have been held in the Cathedral. All concerts will start at 1pm and are open to members of the public.
For more information about the events go to www.adelaide.catholic.org.au