French Organ Music Festival
The annual French organ Music festival is a cosponsored event between the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and the Kansas City of the AGO (American Guild of Organists)
The festival takes place 1pm-5pm on the fourth Sunday of August each year.
About the French Organ Music Festival
This organ music festival started in 2013 by Dr. Mario Pearson, director of music at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was envisioned as a sister event to the annual Bachathon that is held on the first Sunday of May each year at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Two Cathedrals in the heart of the city with instruments and acoustics very well suited to music of Bach and French organ literature.
The genesis and genius of the Cavaillé-Coll organ awakened a new era in organ sound, composition and performance. Because it is one of the oldest musical instruments in existence, written organ repertoire spans a time period almost as long as that of written music itself. The organ's solo repertoire is among the largest for any musical instrument.
The French Festival takes place annually on the 4th Sunday in August at the “golddome” Cathedral located on 12th and Broadway in downtown Kansas City.
The festival is aimed at professional organists and musicians, as well as enthusiasts and those who are curious about organ music and French music. Families especially are invited to bring their children to experiece this multi media event. A live video feed is shown from the organ loft, and a PowerPoint presentation in real time gives information about the composers, the performers and the music being performed.
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