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First Friday Organ Concert – Dr. Kevin Clarke
October 2, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
St. Theresa’s Music Director, Dr. Kevin Clarke, will present a concert this First Friday on our Aeolian-Skinner/Quimby pipe organ. The concert includes Symphony no. 6 by Charles-Marie Widor.
A French organist and composer, Widor was the organist at Saint-Suplice in Paris from 1870 to 1933. Details from his biography at Wikipedia:
Among the leading organ recitalists of his time, Widor visited in this capacity many different nations, including Russia, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, Poland and Switzerland. In addition he participated in the inaugural concerts of many of Cavaillé-Coll’s greatest instruments, notably Notre-Dame de Paris, Saint-Germain-des-Près, the Trocadéro and Saint-Ouen de Rouen.
Well known as a man of great culture and learning, Widor was made a chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur in 1892, named to the Institut de France in 1910, and was elected “Secrétaire perpetuel” (permanent secretary) of the Académie des Beaux-Arts on 18 July 1914, succeeding Henry Roujon.
In 1921, Widor founded the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau
with Francis-Louis Casadesus. He was the Director until 1934, when he was succeeded by Maurice Ravel. His close friend, Isidor Philipp gave piano lessons there, and Nadia Boulanger taught an entire generation of new composers.
The concert will be a prelude to the First Friday Vigil and is free and open to the public.