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Organ concert in Paris?

I was hoping to attend one while I was in Paris. Has anyone had the pleasure of doing this and can offer suggestions on where to see one?

Thank you
Tara

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Saint Sulpice traditionally hires the best organist in France. If you attend a regular service on Sunday it's fabulous! He/she always plays quite a lovely "set" at the end of the service and it's free! Gorgeous church and amazing music. We make a point to go every time we're in Paris.

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St. Chapelle doesn't have organ concerts (she said with some but not complete confidence) They do chamber concerts in their tiny space though and it is fun. St Sulpice has a fabulous organ and Notre Dame is another frequent venue for concerts.

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What Anita said. A year ago February, we took in Sunday Mass at St. Sulpice, the location where part of the Tom Hanks movie 'The DaVinci Code' was filmed. It was cavernous, ancient, drafty and altogether wonderful. I don't know about the guest concerts, but their organist-in-residence for the last 27 years, Daniel Roth, plays three Sundays a month and after the Mass we attended he played a mini-concert of about 25 minutes on that incredible pipe organ, one of the most-famed in Europe. Roth is only the 15th organist since 1601. It was moving and one of the highlights of Paris for me.

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I went to Sunday services at St. Sulpice and stayed for the organ recital after and it was wonderful! I soaked up the glorious music in a great Parisian cathedral. Lovely! This was in Oct. 2014. I arrived a few days early in advance of the RS Paris and the Heart of France tour, which was also great.

I just read Jay's post and he reminded me the organist's name was Daniel Roth. Such a long history for that church.
Judy B

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Great Q&A. I also wondered what church organ concert to attend and think St Sulpice is now my choice. It was mentioned that Mr Roth plays three Sundays a month. I’ve been unsuccessful in finding his schedule for the after Mass mini concert. Does anyone know which Sunday in May Daniel Roth is playing.

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Have a look at classictic.com/Paris for a list of upcoming concerts, including all the regular Vivaldi ones at Sainte Chapelle.

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Thank you Norma, for that link.

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Hi Norma, I have used classictic.com before for paid concerts (mostly in Italy). The problem is that St Suplice is not a fee concert but an after-Mass free organ recital, therefore it is not listed. Someone mentioned that the key organist plays three times monthly. Do you happen to know his schedule or where I can find it? It's not listed on the church's website. I wonder if that means that once a month, there is no organ recital. Thanks...

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Hey Smarcbie---

Keep your eyes peeled for updates on this site, and when Daniel Roth is playing. (Hope you read Francais! Hint: Dimanche is Sunday)

http://www.stsulpice.com/Docs/concerts.html

I'll bet they only update about a week or two in advance.

While trying to find this, I was on the main St. Sulpice site and saw that we had seen Daniel Roth play mere days before his wife passed away on March 9, 2015. His post-Mass concert that morning, indeed his playing throughout the entire service, was moving and inspired. I felt privileged to be there. Don't miss it if you can.

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There is an organ concert on Sundays at St Eustache--I think it is at 5 pm. It is well attended by locals. The church is beautiful and metro would be Les Halles.