Organ Recital

Organ Recital: Clara Gerdes

Sunday, April 23, 2017 | 5:15pm

Guest organist Clara Gerdes from the Curtis Institute of Sacred Music, Philadelphia, Pa., plays a recital on the Cathedral’s 10,650–pipe great organ. $10 suggested donation.




Choral Improvisation sur le "Victimae Paschali"
Charles Tournemire (1870-1939)

Allein Gott in der Hoh' sei Ehr', BWV 662
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Le Tombeau de Couperin
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
i. Prelude
iv. Rigaudon

Rhapsody No. 1 in D flat Major, Op. 17
Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Sunday Music
Petr Eben (1929-2007)
iv. Finale

About Clara Gerdes

Clara Gerdes, from Davidson, North Carolina, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2014 and studies with organ faculty member Alan Morrison and harpsichord with Leon Schelhase. She was the winner of the 2014 Albert Schweitzer and UNCSA School of the Arts organ competitions and the recipient of the first annual Pogorzelski-Yankee scholarship sponsored by the American Guild of Organists. Her performances have been broadcast on WDAV 89.9 classical public radio, NPR’s “From the Top” and have also been featured on the “Curtis Performs” livestream. Clara is a frequent collaborator and chamber musician, working with Choral Arts Philadelphia, Opera Philadelphia and Penn Composers' Guild in addition to numerous Curtis student ensembles during the 2015-2016 school year. Clara serves as Organ Scholar at Saint Mark's Church, Locust Street in Philadelphia. She has assisted the Charlotte, Houston and King's College (Wilkes-Barre, PA) Royal School of Church Music in America summer training courses as organ scholar, and studied privately and performed at the Oundle school and McGill university summer organ academies.

  • Admission
    • Free
    • $10 suggested donation
  • Dates Offered
    • April 23, 2017 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm