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This is the common attitude here in Russia with regards to classical organ music concerts.  Approximately three years ago our team at the Inigo Cultural Centre (inigocenter.ru) in Novosibirsk, Russia made a decision to undertake a regular program of musical concerts, three to five times per month.  Up until that point we organized 3-5 concerts a year.  We had noticed that organ musical concerts in the cathedral attracted huge crowds. So why not capitalize on that and make it a defining aspect of our apostolate?  We had so much potential.  Our cathedral is centrally located in this 1.5 million people city, the third largest in Russia.  Musicians and concert-goers acknowledge that our cathedral has the best acoustics of any building in the city.

Over the past three years we have realized several significant fruits.  On the average, 100-150 people attend each concert.  People who come to the concert experience a sort of pre-evangelization because the concert is held in the context of a church rather than in a music hall and also thanks to the friendly atmosphere we create with the help of the young volunteers and staff.  Some have begun to come closer to the church community. Also, by inviting people into the church building for a concert, we help to overcome prejudices against the Catholic Church which have come heavily into play in this city in the past, such as "the Catholic Church has nothing in common with Orthodox culture” or "the Catholics are a sect, full of foreigners".  By providing a spiritual impulse as an introduction to the concert, we help people to consider their present state of affairs with God.  Seeing the imagery within the church space, they see that this is not so foreign to them after all…  Our tickets are the most reasonably price and give people of lesser means an opportunity to attend a professional concert. The apostolate has even become financially sustainable, which is unheard of in our context! 

In the not too distant future we will be building a fully mechanical pipe organ with 24 stops.  This will help raise our apostolate to a new level.

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