Organ for Brno

Preparations are underway for the construction and opening of the modern Janáček Cultural Centre in Brno. This will be the first large modern concert hall in the country for almost a hundred years. It has been designed for the world class performance of mainly symphonic music, incorporating a hall where the art of Filharmonie Brno and other orchestras and soloists can really shine. The hall provides a space for performing any type of repertoire and as such it is a hall which needs to include a large concert organ. This is a hall where Brno residents will finally be able to listen to Janáček’s iconic Glagolitic Mass and his rhapsody, Taras Bulba, in the form the author intended, i.e. including a significant organ component.

Referring to the cultural activities of the Brno public as civilians and groups and Leoš Janáček’s endeavours at building decent professional city infrastructure, Mayor of the Statutory City of Brno, Markéta Vaňková, made the decision to declare a public fundraising collection entitled Organ for Brno. The fundraising collection allows individual donors and corporations to contribute funds towards the purchase of a state-of-the-art organ, tailor-made for the new hall.

The creative vision for the new instrument was inspired by the Tree of Life. The final appearance of the instrument and its individual pipes will be based on the bids of the organ builders, its price ranging in the order of tens of millions of crowns. You can already make a donation according to your ability, however, with small donors able to contribute up to 2 000 CZK. Or you can instead choose to sponsor a specific future organ pipe, making a donation depending on the pipe’s size of 2 000 CZK, 5 000 CZK, 10 000 CZK, 15 000 CZK, 20 000 CZK or 30 000 CZK. As soon as the organ design has been specified, donors contributing over 2 000 CZK will be able to select a specific pipe, for which they will receive a commemorative gilded pin in the shape of a pipe, with their name entered in the book of donors. The largest donors will get the opportunity to have their name, or the name of their company, engraved on the largest pipes. If more funds are collected than the final cost of the organ, they will be used to purchase artworks for the concert hall.

Enter your name in the book of Brno and Czech cultural history, and enjoy each tone of the organ all the more at concerts in the new hall.

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