The Cathedral welcomes back Artist in Residence David Briggs for this streamed performance, part of our Great Music in a Great Space concert series.

David’s program will include two orchestral excerpts from the operas of Richard Wagner; Jean Guillou’s brilliant transcription of Franz Liszt’s blazing symphonic poem Prometheus; and David’s own 1990 transcription of Richard Strauss’s profoundly moving tone poem Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), which portrays the various stages of the “life of an artist,” and what might happen to the human soul immediately after death. The ticketed concert will be preceded by a free virtual pre-concert lecture on Facebook at 6 pm, in which David will reveal his secrets about the art of transcribing and interpreting vast scores by Wagner, Liszt and Strauss, where one person recreates music normally performed by an orchestra of a hundred musicians. The lecture will be presented as part of the Cathedral’s weekly Tuesdays at 6 organ recital series.


Richard Wagner (1813-1883), transcribed by William Joseph Westbrook (1831-1894)
Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Richard Wagner, transcribed by Edwin H. Lemare (1865-1934)
Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde

Franz Liszt (1811-1886), transcribed by Jean Guillou (1930-2019)

Richard Strauss (1864-1949), transcribed by David Briggs (b. 1962)
Tod und Verklärung

This performance will be available to watch until March 22, 2021.