AES San Francisco 2008
Saturday, October 4, 8:00 pm — 9:00 pm
The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption
Organist Graham Blyth's concerts are a highlight of every AES convention at which he performs. This year's recital will be held at St. Mary's Cathedral, a modern structure with a panoramic view of San Francisco. The cathedral's Ruffatti organ was designed with the Baroque repertoire in mind, a fact Blyth will reflect with a strong Bach emphasis in the program. In honor of the centennial of his birth, music by French composer Olivier Messiaen also will be played.
Located just minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge, Downtown Financial District, Twin Peaks, and The Marina, St. Mary’s Cathedral is in the heart of the city at the top of Cathedral Hill. The Ruffatti Organ, built in 1971 by Fratelli Ruffatti of Padua, Italy, has been acclaimed as one of the finest in the world. It rises impressively from its soaring pedestal platform into a magnificent art form in its own right. It consists of 4842 pipes on 89 ranks and 69 stops.