Free organ recital featuring Alfred Lemmon takes place this weekend

An organ recital, featuring Alfred Lemmon, takes place at 2 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 11, in the Saint Joseph Abbey Church. It is free and open to the public.

The Program:

From 1723 to his death in 1750, Bach’s life centered on the creation of sacred masterpieces for use in Leipzig. Chief among these are the “so-called” Leipzig chorale preludes for organ, which reflect his unequalled ability to translate poetry into music. Included on the program are six of the 17 “Leipzig” chorale preludes, the chorale prelude “”Vor deinen Thron,” and the Prelude and Fugue in G major.  Also written during Bach’s Leipzig years, the fugue’s theme is taken from the opening choral fugue of cantata 21, “Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis” (“I had much grief”). Together these works demonstrate Bach’s talent to translate words into music.
Alfred Lemmon has pursued a career as archivist, cultural historian and organist. In his capacity as organist, he collaborated in the design of the Holtkamp Organ (2004) of St. Louis Cathedral-Basilica and later established the young artist in residence program, a joint project of the Cathedral and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse. As part of the program, a student from the organ class of Michael Bouvard and Olivier Latry is selected to spend five months in residence in New Orleans.

This recital would not be possible without the assistance of Abbot Justin Brown, OSB, Fr. Matthew Clark, OSB, and the Saint Joseph Abbey and Seminary College community.

For more information, contact Watson D. Copeland, M.M., M.P.H., Professor of Sacred Music and Organist of the Abbey Church at (985) 867-2282 or