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Organ Recital with Christopher Keady

Sunday, April 3 @ 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.  

Event Details

The cathedral will open for seating at 3:30 pm. The entrance to the cathedral is at the top of the Great Steps. The accessible entrance is via the breezeway on Sacramento Street between Taylor and Jones Streets or via the garage elevator.


Procession, from Three Pieces (1955)

Francis Jackson (1917 – 2022)

Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis (1910/19)

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)

transcribed by Peter Beardsley

Arabesque, from Three Pieces

Francis Jackson

Sonata in E-flat Major (1937)

     I. Andante serioso, ma con moto

Edward Bairstow (1874 – 1946)

Romance, Op. 11

Gerald Finzi (1901 – 1956)

transcribed by Robert Gower

Pageant, from Three Pieces

Francis Jackson

About the Organist 

Christopher Keady is the Assistant Director of Music at Grace Cathedral, serving as principal accompanist for the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. He was raised in Eugene, Oregon and earned a bachelor’s degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where he studied organ with Dr. Lee Garrett. He subsequently served as Assistant Organist at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland; during that time he accompanied the cathedral choir in a UK residency at Bristol Cathedral and was course organist for the first Pacific Northwest RSCM Training Course. Keady received his Master’s Degree in Organ Performance at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, having studied with Martin Jean and served as Sacred Music Intern at the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City. He and his husband Dan live in Richmond. 

LISTEN Recital at Grace Cathedral, February 6, 2022 

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