Airline prices might be dropping, but I can't just take the weekend off to fly to Paris. So I'll do the next best thing: don my beret and head over to Saint Paul's Church of the Nativity for a series of French concerts on their French organ.
The series might more accurately be called a "marathon" - it takes a whole month to present all ten of Charles Marie Widor's Organ Symphonies played on an organ that sounds pretty much like the organ Widor wrote these pieces on and for at St. Sulpice in Paris.
Nativity's Casavant-Freres organ is actually French-Canadian. 2,882 pipes in 52 ranks were installed a couple of years ago and I think every pipe is put to work in the marathon beginning Sunday.
This is the kind of music you feel in your solar plexus. The walls will vibrate and your teeth will rattle - it's sensational stuff!
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The chance to hear all of these pieces is very rare...and some have never before been performed in their entirety in the Twin Cities.
Check for details of these and other regional organ concerts in the online calendar at www.pipedreams.org/calendar