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The San Diego Early Music Society is a non-profit organization founded to showcase the musical treasures of Europe’s medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, as performed on period instruments and in accordance with historical practice. The Society was established in 1981 and has presented concerts in churches, small halls, museums, and homes — settings for which the music was composed.


Friday, June 13, 2014 – 7:30 pm
All Souls’ Episcopal Church, Point Loma

Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord and Organ: "Alard Plays Bach"

Benjamin AlardJoin us in the glorious acoustic of All Souls’ Church for performances on both organ and harpsichord by a rising star in baroque music. Benjamin Alard is a French organist and harpsichordist who won the Bruges International Harpsichord Competition in 2004 at age nineteen. His studies include harpsichord with Andrea Marcon and organ with Jean-Claude Zehnder at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. In 2005 he was named titular organist of St. Louis-en-l’Île, Paris, where he plays the stunning new Aubertin baroque organ. Benjamin Alard’s program will include works by Bach, including early works and a French Suite for harpsichord, and an assortment of organ works including a trio sonata and chorale preludes performed on All Souls’ superb Fritts-Richards tracker action organ. (Note: general admission, no assigned seating.)

A new star is born at the Musical Antiqua competition of Bruges; the whole presentation was fabulous, full of inspiration, authority, mastership and seductiveness. – Martine Mergeay, La Libre Belgique

Alard shows a stimulating curiosity and an infallible technique. A talent to follow closely. – Roger Tellart, La Lettre du Musicien

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