friday, jun 13, 2014 - all souls’ episcopal church, point loma - 7:30 pm
Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord and Organ: "Alard Plays Bach"
Join us in the glorious acoustic of All Souls’ Church for performances on both organ and harpsichord by a rising star in baroque music. Benjamin Alard is a French organist and harpsichordist who won the Bruges International Harpsichord Competition in 2004 at age nineteen. His studies include harpsichord with Andrea Marcon and organ with Jean-Claude Zehnder at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. In 2005 he was named titular organist of St. Louis-en-l’Île, Paris, where he plays the stunning new Aubertin baroque organ. Benjamin Alard’s program will include works by Bach, including early works and a French Suite for harpsichord, and an assortment of organ works including a trio sonata and chorale preludes performed on All Souls’ superb Fritts-Richards tracker action organ. (Note: general admission, no assigned seating.)
A new star is born at the Musical Antiqua competition of Bruges; the whole presentation was fabulous, full of inspiration, authority, mastership and seductiveness. – Martine Mergeay, La Libre Belgique
Alard shows a stimulating curiosity and an infallible technique. A talent to follow closely. – Roger Tellart, La Lettre du Musicien