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Organ Recital by Brett Judson – Livestream

Sunday, March 7 @ 4:00 pm 5:00 pm

Our  organ recital series  features some of the finest organists playing one of America’s great organs. Grace Cathedral’s 7,466-pipe Aeolian-Skinner instrument, the Charles B. Alexander Memorial Organ (1934), is one of the first and finest American classic style organs and is among the largest church organs in the West. Experiencing music in our gothic cathedral with its unique acoustics, soaring nave and jewel-like stained glass windows is a feast for the ears, eyes and soul.

The concert will be livestreamed here and on Facebook.

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Festival Toccata on “A mighty fortress” [Scott Perkins (b. 1980)]

Choral No. 2 in B minor, FWV 39 [César Franck (1822-1890)]

Symphony No. 6, Op. 42, No. 2 [Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)]

I. Allegro

II. Adagio

V. Finale, Vivace


Scott Perkins is a prize-winning composer who has been commissioned by the Washington National Opera and the American Guild of Organists. He recently released a recording with the Gothic Label featuring his A New England Requiem.

César Franck’s three chorals for organ were written just before a tragic car accident that would take his life. The second choral in B minor is a free passacaglia. “You will see, the Choral is not the thing itself,” Franck told his students, “the true choral becomes in the course of the work.”

Charles-Marie Widor was the first person to name a piece for organ “Symphony.” One resemblance to the orchestral genre is alternating movements between slow and fast. The sixth symphony begins in minor and ends with a movement in major. The final movement is in sonata-allegro form with three overarching sections: 1) the main theme and second theme. 2) development 3) the reprise of the opening section.

About the Organist

BRETT ALAN JUDSON graduated from Yale’s School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, Eastman School of Music, and Crystal Cathedral High School. He recently received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from The Hartt School. Organ teachers include J. Christopher Pardini, William Porter and Martin Jean. He has appeared on the international broadcast Hour of Power with Robert H. Schuller and Pipedreams! Judson is Director of Music at Trinity Church, Episcopal (Folsom, California). He is Lecturer at California State University, Sacramento. In 2020 Brett released a Gothic Label recording featuring Scott Perkins’s A New England Requiem.

Listen: Festival Toccata on “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” 


Sunday, March 7
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Free and open to all