Cadet Chapel hosts free organ recital
WEST POINT — Organist Meredith Baker will perform a recital consisting of masterpieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, César Franck and Louis Vierne on Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m., in West Point’s Cadet Chapel.
This organ recital is free and open to the general public; a free will offering will be accepted.
West Point’s Cadet Chapel has the world’s largest church pipe organ, numbering more than 23,500 pipes in a cathedral sanctuary measuring more than 200 feet long. The organ pipes fill the space from the six-tier galleries in the front to the horizontal trumpets in the back.
This organ is heard by thousands of visitors every year, including heads of state, members of Congress, cabinet members and foreign dignitaries.
Meredith Baker is the organist of Most Holy Trinity Chapel, the Roman Catholic chapel which serves West Point. She holds a number of professional degrees, a BM and MA both in organ performance from Queens College, CUNY, the Professional Studies Certificate in Church Music from Manhattan School of Music and the Choirmaster and Fellow certificates obtained through examination by the American Guild of Organists.
She is frequently invited to play organ recitals in the metropolitan area and to provide workshops on organ technique and service playing, as well as choral warm-ups and repertoire.
Her Catholic Cadet Choir at West Point performed during the Prelude at the Central Park Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II, for numerous Masses celebrated by the late Archbishop Cardinal O’Connor, for Archbishop Cardinal Egan and for Archbishop Edwin O’Brien of the Military Ordinariate.
Allow extra travel time for the 100 percent vehicle and photo I.D. inspection at Stony Lonesome and Thayer gates. Due to changing security requirements at West Point, check www.westpoint.edu/special before leaving.
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