Friday, June 8, Michael Kleinschmidt performs an all-French program of music by Olivier Messiaen, César Franck, Louis Vierne, Jehan Alain and Maurice Duruflé. Kleinschmidt is the Canon Musician of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle. He previously held similar positions in Portland, Oregon and at the historic Trinity Church in Boston’s Copley Square. This is part of a series of three concerts in June featuring outstanding organists.
Friday, June 15, Alcée Chriss III is a brilliant young artist who won the 2017 Canadian International Organ Competition – the latest in a string of international awards. Featured as a “rising star” by the American Guild of Organists, Chriss is a graduate of Oberlin College, now pursuing a doctorate at McGill. In Victoria, he will play music of Bach, Mendelssohn and other composers, as well as two arrangements of jazz pieces by Art Tatum.
Friday, June 22, Donald Hunt, who is finishing his first very successful year as Christ Church Cathedral’s Director of Music, offers a program of works by Buxtehude, Handel and Edward Bairstow. Brought up in Halifax and a graduate of McGill University in Montréal, Hunt is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and a former organ scholar at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London; he also held positions in Edinburgh before returning to Canada.
Ticket prices for these recitals remain unchanged this year at an affordable $20 for single seats, or an especially attractive bargain of $45 for the entire three-concert series. They are available now at Munro’s Books downtown, Ivy’s Book Shop in Oak Bay, and at the Cathedral office,