Centennial Celebration to Honor World-Renowned Organist
Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music will host the Jean Langlais Centennial Celebration, a five-day conference to honor the life and works of Jean Langlais, from Feb. 16-20.
Langlais, who died in 1991 at age 84, is one of the 20th century’s foremost organists and composers of sacred music. He created an organ opus second in size only to that of Bach.
*This is a chance to share what Jean Langlais meant to Duquesne and the world of sacred music with students and the community.” explained Ann Labounsky, chair of the Sacred Music Department at Duquesne University and former student of Langlais. "Several Duquesne alumni who are also former students will have the opportunity to perform as part of this celebration.“
Performances will be held at the Duquesne University Chapel and at numerous churches throughout the city. Several internationally acclaimed organists, including French organist Eric Lebrun, will showcase recitals, and facilitate master classes, lectures and panel discussions.
Non-student registration for the conference is $100, which includes dinners on Saturday and Monday. The cost for non-Duquesne students to attend the conference or for daily registration is $50. All events on Sunday, Feb. 18, are free and open to the public.
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