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Old & New: Duruflé Requiem

On April 27 & 28, the San Diego Master Chorale presents French composer Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem in two venues on two very different instruments: the Quimby Pipe Organ at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral (the oldest in San Diego!) and the Parsons-Rosales Pipe Organ St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church (the newest in La Jolla!).

Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc. Opus 68, 2012

St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, San Diego

Photo by Jeff Scofield (Pipe and Organ Database).

The organ at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral was rebuilt in 2012 by Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc. and is their Opus 68. Prior to this, the instrument was merely a collection of parts from its previous iterations, an 1887 Hook & Hastings, a 1915 Johnston, a 1950 M.P. Möller, a 1967 Aeolian-Skinner, and a 1986 Wicks Organ Company rebuild/enlargement.

Efforts were made to retain as much of the existing ranks as possible, while revoicing and rescaling them to maximize the new tonal concept. The resulting instrument contains 81 ranks and 4,612 pipes.

Associate Music Director of the San Diego Master Chorale and Organist for our upcoming concert, Martin Green, was highly involved in the rebuilding process as the Cathedral Organist and Canon for Music at St. Paul’s. 

Join us on April 27th at 4:00pm to hear Green play the Duruflé Requiem on the oldest organ in San Diego!

Parsons-Rosales Pipe Organs, 2022

St. James-by-the-sea Episcopal Church, LA Jolla

Photo by Raul Prieto Ramirez (Pipe and Organ Database).

The organ at St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church was designed by Manuel Rosales of Rosales Organ Builders in Los Angeles, CA. The building and installation were completed by Parsons Organ Builders of Canandaigua, NY.

The project to build this organ began in 2017 when a committee was formed to discuss the potential replacement of their 1975 instrument by Austin Organs, Inc. The project was not officially completed until July of 2023. The design of the organ was based on the American style of organ building and introduces many new sounds to the audiences at St. James. In total, the organ has 79 ranks and 4,551 pipes.

The Director of Music at St. James, Alex Benestelli, contributed extensively to the process, along with Thomas Sheehan, consultant. 

Join us on April 28th at 4:00pm to hear Organist Martin Green play the Duruflé Requiem on the newest organ in La Jolla!

Immerse yourself in a musical experience that soothes and elevates the soul. Duruflé’s iconic Requiem transports you to a world of serenity through its lush harmonies, flowing melodies, and an enduring sense of tranquility. Experience the harmonious embrace of this masterwork along with works by Bach, Britten, Butler, and Brahms, performed by the San Diego Master Chorale with organist Martin Green, Canon for Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral.

Join us for an unforgettable afternoon as we celebrate the enduring beauty of choral art and offer a serene escape through the power of music.

Learn more about this concert here.