Musique de Saint Louis
Organ pipes Casavant Freres Organ

The refinement of the music program has made the Church of Saint Louis a beacon, drawing those whose spirits would be nourished by the sound of glorious liturgical music. The 1998 Casavant Frères Organ, the Laura L'Allier and Raymond Houle memorial organ, continues to draw guest organists from around the country to perform recitals for Concert Series and Tuesday "Lunch-time" Recitals. Some of the works performed have been specially Commissioned pieces which had their debut at the Church of Saint Louis. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy this musical and spiritual experience. For concert information call (651) 224-8847.

Tuesday Organ Recitals

The recitals begin at 12:35 p.m. and last about a half-hour. They are open to the public and there is no admission charge.

April 29, 2014 - Brian Carson

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow will be the LAST organ recital at St. Louis this season! The season is being ended a few weeks early due to restoration work that will be done on the church's beautiful stained-glass windows

I will be playing the recital tomorrow, in grateful memory of Alfred Bigot, who left us nearly a year ago in early May 2013. Al and his wife, Sharon, generously sponsored the recital series for many years, and we are most grateful to Sharon for continuing to sponsor them this season. Works on the program will include the "Intrada" of Grayston Ives, written for the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebration in 1977, and the haunting Psalm-Prelude "Out of the deep" by Herbert Howells.

I hope to see you there!
Brian Carson

BRIAN CARSON, a native of Watertown, NY, received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a student of Garth Peacock and Haskell Thomson, and his Master of Music degree from The Eastman School of Music where he was a student of Russell Saunders. In 1992, he took Second Prize in the American Guild of Organists National Young Artist Competition in Organ Playing. From 1989 to 1991, he was the Assistant Organist to Bruce Neswick at St. Paul’s (Episcopal) Cathedral, Buffalo, NY, and from 1991 to 1998 he was the Director of Music at St. James’s Episcopal Church in West Hartford, CT. At St. James’s, his choir included boy and girl trebles in the English choir school tradition. In addition to singing for weekly services, they also sang at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, The White House, and made two tours to England, singing at Ely and Lincoln Cathedrals, York Minster, and Westminster Abbey. In 2002, Mr. Carson was a founder and first director of Hymnus, a choir comprised of boys and girls as well as adults, to specialize in the great sacred music of the western tradition. Hymnus toured England in 2004, singing at York Minster, Westminster Abbey, and Westminster Cathedral. In 2006, the choir toured Italy where they sang at St. Mark’s, Venice; the Church of the Gésu, St. John Lateran, and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Mr. Carson was appointed Choirmaster-Organist of The Church of St. Louis, King of France, in 2003. In 2007, the St. Louis choir traveled to New York City, singing morning Mass at the Church of Our Saviour on Park Avenue, and Evensong at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue. In 2007-2008, he was the Music Director for St. John Vianney College Seminary, at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, the largest college seminary in the country. Mr. Carson is married to Dr. Catherine Rodland, who teaches at St. Olaf College.

2013-2014 Season

September 2013 10    George Fergus
17 Philip Brisson
24 Kathleen Lee and Brian Carson (French sacred music for soprano and organ.)
October 1 Kathrine Handford
8 Raymond Johnston
15 Timothy Strand
22 Laura Edman
29 Gregory Hand
November 5 Thomas Ferry
12 Sarah Carlson
19 Organ Students of Saint Olaf College
26 Derek Remeš
December 3 Andrew Schaeffer
10 Jonathan Orwig
17 Catherine Rodland
January 2014 7 Karl Robson
14 James Bobb
21 David Jenkins
28 Katherine Burk
February 4 Margaret Burk
11 Christopher Wallace
18 Russel Draeger
25 Dean Billmeyer
March 11 Carolyn Diamond
18 Christopher Ganza
25 Anna Myeong
April 1 Jeffrey Jamieson
8 Gregory Mark Peterson
29 Brian Carson