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April 13 abbey concert to feature Stations of the Cross

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ST. MEINRAD – Organist Philip Brisson, accompanied by William P. Bradford II, actor and teacher, will present the Dupré-Claudel “Stations of the Cross” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Church.

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 the reading.

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, England.

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 Louisville.

The program is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the guest-house and student parking lots.