Thierry Escaich, Composer-Improviser-Organist Hailed as One of Les Nouveaux Génies Français "The New French Geniuses,” in a Singular Fall 2014 New York Performance at Our Lady of Refuge Church

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Thierry Escaich will play a single concert in New York City later this month; his concert will feature composed music and improvisation with choir, featuring a vintage Kilgen pipe organ recently restored by A.R. Schopp’s Sons and Quimby Pipe Organs. The restoration was largely funded through an online appeal using social media.

L’Express called Thierry Escaich a “Prince de l’harmonie”

On Friday November 21 at 7:30pm the parish of Our Lady of Refuge in Brooklyn, New York will feature Thierry Escaich in a solo organ concert. Mr. Escaich will play works by César Franck, Maurice Duruflé and Charles Tournemire, and will improvise four pieces in specific musical forms based on submitted themes. Mr. Escaich's image will be projected on a 10-foot screen so all can watch him play the church’s recently restored pipe organ.

The New York-based professional vocal ensemble The Salvatones directed by Daniel Brondel will sing themes that Mr. Escaich will improvise on which range from plain chant to 20th century works.

This is Mr. Escaich’s only concert appearance in New York City this fall, and for people who want to hear one of the recognized great composers and improvisers of our time, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Thierry Escaich has been lauded in Le Monde, Gramophone, Guardian and many other main stream media publications. In an article published October 2014 in L’Express titled "Les nouveaux génies français,” Escaich was called a “Prince de l’harmonie.” He has been honored with commissions to compose works for The New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and the New York City Ballet, to name a few. Click the link ( to learn more about his musical life and the genesis of his performing career.

When Our Lady of Refuge reached out to people who love organ music to help pay for the church's organ restoration, they said the instrument would be used to enrich the cultural lives of people of the city. With each concert since the organ's re-inauguration, the audience has been building in size. A recent silent-film program with organ accompaniment generated a nearly full house. Come experience the sound of the restored pipe organ, of which Michael Barone, host of the nationally syndicated radio program Pipedreams said, “[it] quite extraordinary, and its restoration revealed a surprisingly versatile instrument which, despite its modest specification, has been proven capable of playing a wide variety of music in an authoritative and compelling way."

Our Lady of Refuge Church, in the Ditmas Park section of Brooklyn, is a short walk from the Q & B train stop at Newkirk Plaza.

Advance ticket purchases at a discounted $15 price can be made online at, available online until noon November 18th. Remaining tickets will be available at the door for $20, cash only.

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