CHRISTMAS ORGAN SPECTACULAR
Thursday, December 13, 6 pm in a free recital
For his “Christmas Organ Spectacular” recital at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis, King of France on Thursday, December 13, at 6 pm, Mr. Liégeon has selected an all French repertoire ranging from the 18th- through 20th century. Included are 18th-century French Christmas carols by Louis-Claud Daquin and Claude Balbastre; music by the ever popular nineteenth-century composer Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély, and the twentieth-century composer Marcel Dupré. Mr. Liégeon, prize winner of 5 international organ competitions, will also improvise on the Christmas carol “Lo! How a rose e’er blooming.” He will close the program by improvising a “Petite symphonie” based upon popular Christmas carols.
Samuel Liégeon, Young Artist in Residence at the St. Louis Cathedral, was born in Besançon, France. He first studied organ, piano and chamber music in the conservatory of that city and later in the conservatory of St-Maur with Eric Lebrun (organ) and Pierre Pincemaille (improvisation) where he finished with honors. At the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, his studies in improvisation were with Thierry Escaich, Philippe Lefebvre, Jean-François Zygel, Cyrille Lehn and Pierre Pincemaille. He has been a prizewinner at some of Europe’s most prestigious organ competitions, including the Haarlem, Munster, Strasbourg, Leipzig and Chartres competitions. Since 2009 he has been the Titular Organist of the church Saint Pierre de Chaillot in Paris. Samuel plays recitals throughout France and Europe and also improvises for silent movies at the Cine Balzac of Paris and elsewhere.
Funding for this program is provided by the St. Louis Cathedral, and the Elise M. Cambon Memorial Fund of the St. Louis Cathedral.