Organ Concert with Philip Brisson
Sunday, April 13
Time: 2:30 p.m. Central Time
Location: Archabbey Church
Organist Dr. Philip Brisson, accompanied by Dr. William P.
Bradford II, actor and teacher, will present the Dupré/Claudel
"Stations of the Cross" on Sunday, April 13, at 2:30 p.m. Central
Time at Saint Meinrad Archabbey Church, St. Meinrad, IN.
This interpretation of a traditional Lenten service sets the 14
stations to organ music intermixed with liturgical poetry. The
program should last about 90 minutes.
The Dupré/Claudel version dates to the early 1930s. Marcel
Dupré, a prominent organist in Paris, was asked by his professor at
the Paris Conservatory of Music to read the poetic meditations on
the Stations of the Cross written by Paul Claudel. Dupré would
follow each station with an improvised musical piece.
The complex piece is broken into 14 sections coordinating with
the 14 Stations of the Cross. First, a meditation on the station is
read. Following the poetry, a musical piece is played that links to
Brisson is director of music and organist at the Catholic
Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville, KY. He also manages the
Cathedral's Kelty Endowed Concert Series.
He has led the Cathedral Choir on international concert tours to
England, Ireland, Germany and Austria. Last summer, he was
organist in residence at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford,
Brisson earned a bachelor's degree in organ performance from the
Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, New York. He
earned a master's degree in sacred music at Westminster Choir
College and a doctorate in organ performance from the Eastman
School of Music.
Bradford has been an actor in films and has taught at both
Trinity High School and Youth Performing Arts School in
The program is free and open to the public. Parking is available
in the Guest House and student parking lots. For more information,
contact Mary Jeanne Schumacher during business hours at (812)
357-6501. For updates on the day of the performance, call (812)