Guest organist Benjamin LaPrairie from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C., plays a recital on the Cathedral’s 10,650–pipe great organ. $10 suggested donation.
Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue, BWV 564
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Introduction and Passacaglia
Max Reger (1873-1916)
A Triptych of Fugues
Gerald Near (b. 1942)
Berceuse à la mémoire de Louis Vierne
Pierre Cochereau (1924-1984)
Naïades, Op. 55
Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Symphony No. 7, Op. 42
Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
About Benjamin LaPrairie
Benjamin LaPrairie serves as associate director of music at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. As an organist, he is regularly heard accompanying daily, Sunday, and many televised Masses throughout the year. As a composer, Benjamin’s works have been performed by the Choir of the Basilica and the Washington Symphonic Brass, and have been recorded and broadcast worldwide. Most recently, his setting of “Christus Vincit” was premiered upon the entrance of Pope Francis into the Great Upper Church of the National Shrine in September of 2015.
Benjamin is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance, where he studied organ with Robert Glasgow, harpsichord with Edward Parmentier, and conducting with Jerry Blackstone and Steven Davis. Currently he is pursing graduate studies in organ with John Walker at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Performance opportunities have taken him throughout the United States, and to France and Italy.