You might call it a church opera. On Sunday, March 19, the stunning setting of Our Savior’s Church sees the world premiere of A shipwreck, Nicolai Worsaae’s imaginative new piece for bass-baritone and organ.
Inspired by the organ in Our Savior’s Church, the title A shipwreck refers to the old carved wooden façade of the impressive instrument, Worsaae tells: “I imagine it being the stern of an old 17th-century galleon on which a hard-working crew struggles to keep the vessel upright and afloat.”
The seven-part piece will be premiered by bass-baritone Jakob Bloch Jespersen – whose role in A shipwreck entails much more than singing – and organist Jens E. Christensen.
Also performed at the concert are two works by Lars Hegaard, Some Happy Seconds for bass and organ (1996) and Chains for organ solo (1997). Plus music by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen and Bent Lorentzen.
Sunday, March 19, 3 PM
Our Savior’s Church (Vor Frelsers Kirke), Sankt Annæ Gade 29, Copenhagen