San Francisco, CA (October 19, 2010)–Graham Blyth will perform a solo organ recital at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption on Saturday, November 6, 8:00 – 9:00pm, in conjunction with this year’s AES Convention.
A perennial AES Convention highlight for 17 years, Blyth will perform on the famed Ruffatti Organ. Considered one of the world’s finest pipe organs, the magnificent instrument consists of 4,842 pipes on 89 ranks and 69 stops. Rising dramatically from its’ soaring pedestal platform, it was built in 1971 by Fratelli Ruffatti of Padua, Italy. Designed with the Baroque repertoire in mind, it is considered as much a work of art as the music it produces.
According to Christopher Smith, Special Events Chair of the 129th AES Convention, the first half of Blyth’s recital will reflect an emphasis on J.S. Bach. closing with the Fantasia & Fugue on B.A.C.H by Liszt. The second half will feature music by a number of Parisian organist-composers, including Langlais, Bonnal, Pierné, Guilmant and Saint-Saëns.
Locatedd at the top of Cathedral Hill with a panoramic view of the city, The Cathedral of St. Mary is just minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge; downtown Financial District; Twin Peaks and the Marina.
The 129th AES Convention will be held at San Francisco’s Moscone Center November 4 – 7, 2010. A Preliminary Calendar of events including comprehensive abstracts on Special Events is posted at: http://www.aes.org/events/129/