German organist returns to Fort Worth for concert

Martin Bambauer, concert organist and Director of Music at the Basilica of Constantine in Trier, Germany, Fort Worth’s sister city since 1987, will perform Sunday, March 3, 7 p.m. at Broadway Baptist Church, 305 West Broadway.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert is the result of a collaboration between Fort Worth Sister Cities International, the Fort Worth Chapter of American Guild of Organists and Fort Worth Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women.

The concert will be held in memory of Trier Committee member and past chair, Jean Frick, who passed away in August. Frick was an active citizen diplomat, representing Fort Worth in several sister cities and took an active role during her tenure as a member of the board of directors, Fort Worth Sister Cities said in a news release.

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Fort Worth Sister Cities stages international events and programs to bring the world to Fort Worth and enrich the community. This will be Bambauer’s second concert in Fort Worth, having performed in 2011.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming Mr. Bambauer back to Fort Worth and are excited to showcase his talents to the public,” said Shanna Cate, the Trier, Germany Committee Chair.

Bambauer studied protestant church music at the Robert Schumann University of Music and Media in Düsseldorf and Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts.

Since 1999, he has worked full-time as organist and choirmaster at the Basilica of Constantine. From 2001 to 2008 he taught organ improvisation at the Cologne University of Music. Bambauer has visited many European countries and the USA as guest organist and conductor and has made several recordings.

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Broadway is home to the Rildia Bee O’Bryan Cliburn Organ, a 10,615-pipe organ named after pianist Van Cliburn’s mother. Cliburn, who died in 2013, was a longtime member of the church.

– FWBP Staff