St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church
6720 Union Mill Road
Clifton, US 20124
April 30, 2023 | 4pm
The St. Andrew Concert Series presents award-winning French organist Emmanuel Duperrey in concert at 4:00 PM on Sunday, April 30, in Clifton, VA.
Mr. Duperrey serves as Organist at Notre Dame de l’Espérance in Villemonble, France. He also performs concerts and recitals throughout Europe and the United States. Emmanuel Duperrey’s program at St. Andrew the Apostle will include works by Bach, Vivaldi, Walcha, Vaughan-Williams, Hans-André Stamm, Dukas, and others.
While this is a free concert, please note that your donations help to make this event, and others like it, possible. Donations will be gratefully accepted to benefit future events, either in person or in advance at www.st-andrew.org/concerts.
About the Artist
Emmanuel Duperrey was born in France in 1972. He entered the organ class of Marie-Louise Langlais at the Conservatoire National de Région de Paris in 1990, and received the Gold Medal in 1994. That same year, he also earned the Diplôme de Virtuosité from the Schola Cantorum in Paris (studio of Marie-Louise Langlais) as well as the Diplôme de Virtuosité at the Marcel Dupré Competition in Chartres. Further study with Michelle Leclerc at the Conservatoire de Valenciennes earned him the Diplôme de Perfectionnement in 1995. Winner of the First Prize of the UFAM, he studied harmony and improvisation with Françoise Levéchin at the Schola Cantorum, and from 1997 to 1999 did further study with Eric Lebrun at the Conservatoire National de Région de Saint-Maur. Concurrent with his post as Organist at Notre Dame de l’Espérance in Villemonble, France, Mr. Duperrey performs recitals in France, Germany, England and the United States. He has created several organ transcriptions, including one of Paul Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, recorded on his CD entitled Histoire d’orgue. Duperrey has also transcribed the Toccata on the 65th Psalm, improvised by Dutch organist Klaas Jan Mulder.
About the Organ
The pipe organ is the chief liturgical instrument of the Church after the human voice and there is nearly a thousand years of organ repertoire to draw upon. It is a deeply symbolic instrument, consisting of a number of sounds that both subtly and powerfully blend together beckoning man’s heart to God. The St. Andrew pipe organ was Installed in 2020 by the Peragallo Pipe Organ Company of Patterson, New Jersey. It was featured on the cover of the November 2020 issue of The American Organist. Dedicated to The Holy Archangels in 2021, this magnificent instrument is of French Romantic design with three manuals, 51 ranks and 2,891 pipes. There are three independent handcrafted cases of mahogany and each division is tonally very complete within itself. The pipes of the Grand-Orgue are positioned high in the center case, allowing the sound to follow the roofline and flood the Church with a balanced and expressive tone.