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Walpurgisnacht! Organ Concert

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Event organized by Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

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On Friday, April 27th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Associate Director of Music and Organist, Jason Pennington-Saugey, will play the third concert in a series of four dedicatory organ programs at the Cathedral, celebrating the completion of the Cathedral organ’s year-long renovation and tonal reconfiguration. The concert includes works of Mozart, Hindemith, Eben, and Reger, selected to highlight the varied sound palette of the instrument from majestic roar to tiny whisper. This concept of introducing a collection of novel sound combinations is linked to the particular date of the concert, just three days before the legendary Walpurgis Night, when legend tells that spirits of all sorts convene atop the Brocken Mountain in the central German Harz range, a tale made famous by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in his drama Faust. The music list for the evening culminates with Petr Eben’s diabolical tone poem Walpurgisnacht from his incidental music composed for a 1976 production of Faust at the Burgtheater in Vienna, which presents an image of the fiery, swirling scene atop the Brocken as Faust witnesses it with Mephistopheles, his infernal guide and mentor. All demons are stilled by the final work on the program, Max Reger’s meditative Benedictus. The organ concert, entitled “Walpurgisnacht!”, is free of charge and open to the public. A reception will follow in Morrison Hall of Trinity Cathedral.