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The series will close on April 19ᵗʰ with a special concert to celebrate Beethoven’s 250ᵗʰ birthday. The event will feature three organists: Matthieu, Francine, and their guest artist Christophe Gauthier. They will even share the bench as a trio! “There won’t be too much space left!” jokes Francine. They will be playing a transcription of an orchestral work. Matthieu is the arranger. “I will have to be careful when writing it,” he laughs, “because when we are two we can already exceed the capabilities of the blower, so with three people, we can only have so many notes, or else the blower will give up!” Christophe Gauthier will also help with stop-pulling as Matthieu and Francine will perform Matthieu’s beloved transcription of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony on St. Thomas’ tracker organ. “We often leave the assistant in the shadow,” says Francine, “but it is a very important task. In this case, the assistant needs to be a fine organist because the maneuvers are quite intricate.”

Cost: Free will offering

For more information please contact Barb Gilbert at (613) 403-2615 or email pbgilbert@me.com.