Experience The Sounds Of The 19th Century This August At Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral

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Experience The Sounds Of The 19th Century This August At Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral
Spend an afternoon listening to 19th-century German and Austrian music on the historic 1868 Henry Erben Organ at the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral

The beautiful program will be presented on August 11 by Stefan Donner from Vienna, Austria, who is the International Recitalist for Erben Organ Days 2019. These concerts and events highlight the wonderful sounds and music created on the breathtaking 151-year-old Erben Organ. 

As part of the program, Donner will perform: 

Joseph Rheinberger (1839–1901): from Organ Sonata No. 20, Op. 196

1. Praeludium. Lento maestoso


Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897): from 11 Chorale Preludes, Op. 122

4. Herzlich tut mich erfreuen

5. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele

11. O Welt, ich muss dich lassen


Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809 – 1847): Fugue in E Minor

Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856): from Studien für den Pedalflügel, Op. 56

1. Nicht zu schnell

2. Mit innigem Ausdruck

6. Adagio


Joseph Rheinberger: from Organ Sonata No. 20, Op. 196

4. Finale

The organ itself is in near-original condition, which makes the experience that much more memorable and unique. As explained by Friends of the Erben Organ, the organ is a window into the Victorian era, a time before recorded sound and electricity. With a total of 2,500 pipes, the sumptuous organ was brought by horse and carriage and carefully installed, with pipes made specifically for St. Patrick’s. It was built with uncompromising quality by the greatest American organ builder of the mid-19th century, Henry Erben. The organ is the largest and most significant remaining Erben instrument in its original space.

Tickets to the organ recital are $15, and if you buy them here you’ll be able to enjoy the experience from exclusive seats closest to the organ

Where: Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral 

When: August 11

Tickets: $15, grab them here (special deal available for groups of 10)


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