He's not just an American in Paris - but a Minnesotan in Paris!
Organist Joseph Ripka is from Cambridge, Mn and studied at St. Cloud State. He won the Dublin International Organ Competition last year and is playing on the 5-manual, 100-stop, 1862 Cavaillé-Coll organ at St. Sulpice in Paris - the same organ played by Widor and Dupre.
Check out how the stops have to be manipulated by an assistant (resident organist Daniel Roth) and the conversation never stops throughout the performance!
Thanks Michael Barone for telling us about this cool behind-the-scenes video!
I guess it takes a village to play the organ.