Musical Meditations in Time of Lent 2019

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Every Wednesday | 6 p. m. | Church of St. Thekla
1040 Wien, Wiedner Hauptstraße 82
Free entry!

»Come to me,
all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.«
(Mt 11, 28)

Artistic direction: Silva Manfrè and Susanne AntonicekKünstlerische Leitung: Silva Manfrè und Susanne Antonicek

13. 3. 2019
Gunda Hagmüller violin
Florian Wieninger violone
Silva Manfrè organ
Pater Pius Platz meditation

Music by Giovanni Paolo Cima (ca. 1570 – nach 1622), Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583 – 1643) and Biagio Marini (1594 – 1663)    

20. 3. 2019
Silva Manfrè organ
Pater Pius Platz meditation

Music by Louis Vierne (1870 – 1937) and Jean Alain (1911 – 1940)

27. 3. 2019
Laura Pallas flute
Veronica Seitlinger harp
Pater Pius Platz meditation

Music by Eric Satie (1866 – 1925), Paul Angerer (1927 – 2017) and Heinrich Backhofen (1768 – 1830)

3. 4. 2019
Kirchenchor St. Florian
Martin Wadsack
musical direction
Silva Manfrè organ
Pater Pius Platz meditation

Werke von Thomas Tallis (um 1505 – 1585), Richard Farrant (um 1525 –1580) and G. P. da Palestrina (1526 – 1594)

10. 4. 2019
Members of Ensemble 15.21
Silva Manfrè organ
Pater Pius Platz meditation

Werke von Henry Purcell (um 1659 ­– 1695)

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Foto © Albert Seitlinger

Media vita in morte sumus – Lent concert

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11. 4. 2019
Thursday | 7:30 p.m. | Church of St. Thekla
Wiedner Hauptstraße 82
1040 Wien
Free entry – ask for donations!

ensemble 15.21
Christina Foramitti, soprano
Elisabeth Sturm, soprano
Pia Ernstbrunner, contralto
Judith Mandlburger, contralto
Johannes Kerschner, tenor
Gottfried Mandlburger, tenor
David Reimann, bass
Joachim Unger, bass

Silva Manfrè organ

Music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Henry Purcell, Michael Tippett, Anton Heiller, Johann Nepomuk David and Johannes Kerschner

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Copyright: Media vita in morte sumus (Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen, manoscritto)

Festival Musica Antica a Magnano 2019: Master class

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8. – 16. 8. 2019
13887 Magnano (Biella, I)

Master class Silva Manfrè
Organ (Giovanni Bruna, 1794)

Information about the Master class coming soon.

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Photo: Silva Manfrè © Francesco Dissegna


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Born in Verona (Italy), Silva Manfrè studied piano, organ and composition at the conservatory of her hometown and at the University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna with Michael Radulescu. She also studied musicology at the Universities of Pavia (I) and Vienna (A). She got her degree with a dissertation on the organ compositions of Arnold Schönberg, Olivier Messiaen und Paul Hindemith. Silva Manfrè attended masterclasses in particular in historical performance practice with Gaston Litaize, Guy Bovet, Bernard Brauchli, Esteban Elizondo, Harald Vogel, Lorenzo Ghielmi and Paolo Crivellaro.

International concert activities as soloist and chamber music player led her to Italy (Asiago Festival Internazionale, Festival di Musica Antica di Magnano, Organfestival of Alessandria, Rassegna »Monteverdi ai Frari«, „Gaude Barbara beata“ in Mantua, Festival Serassi, „Concerti di S. Torpete“ in Liguria and others), Austria (Wiener Orgelkonzerte, Wiener Bezirksfestwochen, Orgelkonzerte von Jeunesse und ORF / Radio Ö1, „Music for a while. Alte Musik in Bludenz“, »donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau« in Upper Austria and others), in Hungary, Czech Republic, Switzerland (Festival Antegnati – Bellinzona, Rassegna Organistica Valmaggese), Spain, the Principality of Andorra and in Slovenia. Silva Manfrè has also made radio recordings for the Austrian Broadcasting (ORF), radio klassik Stephansdom and the European Broadcasting Union.

Among her main interests are less known or rarely performed compositions of the Renaissance, the Baroque and the classical period as well as organ chamber music. Silva Manfrè has worked together with contemporary composers such as Michael Radulescu, Wolfgang Sauseng, Karl Schnürl, Paul Koutnik, the catalan composer Victor Estapé who wrote his composition »Landschaft mit Gesang« (Landscape with chant) for her and the spanish flutist Enric Ribalta (First performance: Vienna 2011) and Pier Damiano Peretti (First performance of »Canto di una Creatura« for soprano and organ with Marie-Antoinette Stabentheiner, Vienna, march 2018). Since 2018 Silva Manfrè gives a master class (organ, basso continuo) at the Festival Musica Antica Magnano (Piemont, I).

Silva Manfrè was also organist at the Cappella musicale of the Cathedral of Padua (IT). She has been Organist at the »St. Thekla« Church of the Piarists in Vienna since 1998.



Foto: Silva Manfrè (© Tommaso De Barbieri)