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Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 2:30pm






Dr. Horst Buchholz, organist and Director of Sacred Music at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

Joined by Benton Blasingame, organist and Assistant Director of Sacred Music at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis


Gustav Merkel (1827 – 1885)
Sonata in D minor for organ and four hands, op. 30
Allegro. Fuga

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
From “The Art of Fugue”, BWV 1030
Contrapunctus I
Contrapunctus IX

Charles Callahan (b. 1951)
Three Gregorian Meditations
In Viam Pacis
Salve Regina (simple tone)
Salve Regina (solemn tone)

Horatio Parker (1863 – 1919)
Quick March, a Duet for Two Organists

Aurelio Bonelli (1569 – 1620)
Toccata Cleopatra for Two Organs

Ludovico da Viadana (1560 – 1627)
La Bergamasca from Sinfonie Musicali

Camille Saint-Saens (1835 – 1921)
Prelude and Fugue No. 1 from Op. 109

John Rutter (b. 1945)
Variations on O Filii et Filiae


Cathedral Music Director Dr. Horst Buchholz takes the 7621 pipes of the Great Cathedral Organ through their paces. Hear the wonderful sounds of one of the largest organs in the Midwest.

Buchholz studied organ and sacred music in his native Germany at the Berlin College of Church Music and graduated with degrees and diplomas in Church Music and Music Pedagogy from the University of Arts in Berlin. His organ teachers have included Heinz Lohmann, Peter Wackwitz, and Rudolf Heinemann. Among his conducting teachers were Martin Behrmann, Uwe Gronostay, and Erich Bergel. After receiving his teaching certificate in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Arts in Berlin in 1989, Dr. Buchholz continued his post-graduate studies in the United States, where he received his Doctor of Music degree in conducting from the Indiana University School of Music.

As a chorus member and assistant with the Berlin Philharmonic Chorus, he worked with and performed under such eminent maestros as Claudio Abbado, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, and Herbert von Karajan. Dr. Buchholz’s other accolades and accomplishments include his service as Music Director of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, organist and guest conductor appearances with the Colorado Symphony, and Opera Colorado, as well as with orchestras and operas in Mexico, Japan, Korea, and several European countries. He has performed in major cathedrals and concert halls around the world. In 2009, The Denver Philharmonic named him Conductor Laureate.

As a music educator, Dr. Buchholz has served as a member of the organ faculty at Cleveland State University; Associate Professor of Music and Director of Schola Cantorum at St. John Vianney Seminary (Denver); Assistant Professor of Conducting, Director of Orchestral Studies, and faculty member of organ and church music at Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.

Dr. Buchholz is married to the soprano Dr. MeeAe Cecilia Nam, who is currently on the faculty of Eastern Michigan University

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