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Musicians of Notre-Dame Cathedral Paris
February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
St Joseph’s Cathedral in Dunedin is to host French organist Johann Vexo for a concert.
Performing with Mr Vexo will be tenor Damien Rivière, a cantor of Notre-Dame Cathedral. The concert will feature music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Marcel Dupré, Maurice Duruflé, Jean Langlais, and Louis Vierne.
Johann Vexo was born in 1978 in the northeastern French city of Nancy. At the age of 25, he was appointed Choir Organist of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. Soon thereafter he was also appointed Organist of the Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Cathedral in Nancy.After teaching at the Angers Conservatory for 10 years, he is now Professor of Organ at the Conservatory and at the Superior Music Academy in Strasbourg.
Damien Rivière began studying music at the Maîtrise Sainte-Marie in Antony, with whom he sang numerous concerts in France and elsewhere in Europe. He entered the singing class of Catherine Cardin, followed by the Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris, where he wentthrough comprehensive musical training and performed a diverse repertoire, ranging from medieval to contemporary music.
St Joseph’s Cathedral on the corner of Rattray and Smith Streets, Dunedin, is built in French gothic style. Its richly carved and ornamented Oamaru stone interior provides the perfect setting for this concert of sacred music.
The Cathedral pipe organ was built in 1866 by George Fincham of Melbourne for St Joseph’s Church, Dunedin, and was moved into the newly built Cathedral in 1886. In 1976 the organ was rebuilt and enlarged by the South Island Organ Company, making use of theoriginal Fincham pipework, with new layout and Positive division.