Xaver Varnus – 45Birthday Bach organ concert with the Jacques Loussier Trio
29 April 2009, 7.00 pm - 10.00 pm
Bartók Béla National Concert Hall
“In a world too long dominated by organists with little imagination, little talent, and little technique, Xaver Varnus, 22, who has gobs of all three, should make friends quickly.” These lines are by the distinguished North American critic Arthur Kaptainis writing in the Montreal Gazette on August 20th 1986. Twenty years later, Miklós Fay wrote in Hungarian Népszabadság: “Xaver can talk in the language of the people and has made thousands interested in his concerts. If anyone can make classical music attractive then it is him. He can play the organ, he is cultured and he is a modern figure from every perspective who can prove with his personality that it is not just the losers who listen to Bach and who have missed out on everything and so prove themselves and each other in a secret circle, that he is the real thing and not a delusion.”
Xaver Varnus has so far given over three thousand concerts in twenty-seven countries. He was the first person in music history to have four platinum organ records, which are attached to the organ at the Palace of Arts. Thousands love him, many attack him, because like Bernstein he has created his own genre, broken boundaries and shattered taboos.
At this exceptional concert, the living classic of the jazz world and idol of millions, Frenchman Jacque Loussier and his trio will be playing with Xaver, treating the peerless works of Bach in a mosaic style.
Tickets: before 20. 12. 2009: 6900 Ft; from 21. 12. 2008 to 20. 01. 2009: 8500 Ft; from 21. 01. 2009: 10 000 Ft. Tickets can only be purchased at the Palace of Arts ticket offices.