Orgue 23-24

Organ Essentials with Ken Cowan

Organ Essentials with Ken Cowan

Maison symphonique de Montréal



Ken Cowan is admired for the skilful way in which he showcases the entire range of an organ’s sonic characteristics thanks to his artful registration. Performing several flagship works from the repertoire, he will explore the many facets of the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique: its symphonic power, its romantic side, its meditative aspect, and, naturally, its virtuosity. Bringing together three centuries of music and covering four countries, this concert offers a captivating array of major works for organ.


Ken Cowan, organ

Concert without orchestra

The Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique was generously offered to the OSM by Mrs. Jacqueline Desmarais.


Widor, Organ Symphony no. 6 in G minor, op. 42, no. 2: I. Allegro (9 min)

Messiaen, Le banquet céleste (7 min)

Mendelssohn, Organ Sonata no. 1 in F minor, op. 65, no. 1: IV. Allegro assai vivace (4 min)

Rachel Laurin, Étude-Caprice, op. 66, “Beelzebub’s Laugh” (8 min)

Elgar, Organ Sonata in G major, op. 28: III. Andante espressivo (7 min)

J. S. Bach, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme [Wake Up, Cries the Watchmen’s Voice], Cantata, BWV 645 (4 min)

J. S. Bach, Toccata and fugue in D minor, BWV 565 (8 min)

Vierne, Carillon de Westminster, op. 54, no. 6 (7 min)

George Thalben-Ball, Variations on a Theme of Paganini (6 min)

Widor, Organ Symphony no. 5 in F minor, op. 42, no. 1: V. Toccata (5 min)

Without intermission


Starting at (taxes not included)

Regular price: $25*
17 years and under: $15*

Sunday, March 24 – 2:30 p.m.

Price code E


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Drop by the Espace OSM before or after the concert! Adjacent to the Maison symphonique, this interactive space offers a variety of free events such as transitory installations, permanent exhibitions, listening clubs, talks and much more.



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This presentation is made possible thanks to the Gouvernement du Québec program Plan de relance économique du milieu culturel.

The Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique was generously offered to the OSM by Mrs. Jacqueline Desmarais