Lenten Organ Recital

Lenten Organ Recital

Sunday, March 25, 2018, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, 6221 Main Street, Houston, TX US 77030

Coordinator: Brady Knapp |

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Palmer's Organist Ken Cowan will play Marcel Dupré's Le chemin de la Croix (stations of the cross) on our Fisk organ, Palm Sunday, April 9 at 3:00 pm. This is an intensely spiritual work and a beautiful way to begin Holy Week. Admission is free.

Ken Cowan is an Associate Professor and head of the organ program at the Shepherd School of Music, will present Dupré's masterpiece for organ Le Chemin de la Croix (The Way of the Cross). Each movement will be preceded by a reading in English translation from Paul Claudel's poetry. Both music and poems were based on The Stations of the Cross and recount Jesus journey from condemnation to death and burial. They were first performed together in 1931 at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels. Dupré was asked to improvise between the reading of the 14 Claudel poems, written in 1911. Responding to encouragement from the audience, Dupré recalled and wrote down the music during the following year. 

The 1927 translation chosen for this event is by the Rev. John J. Burke, and was praised by Claudel who found it "remarkable in its sobriety and terseness". Palmer parishioner and choir member Carol Streatfeild will be the narrator. 


Ken Cowan is one of North America’s finest concert organists. Praised for his dazzling artistry, impeccable technique and imaginative programming by audiences and critics alike, he maintains a rigorous performing schedule which takes him to major concert venues and churches in America, Canada, Europe, and Asia.