KU European Organ Study Tour II:
France, May 25 - June 6, 2005

For fourteen days in the summer of 2005, students, alumni, and friends of the KU Division of Organ and Church Music traveled throughout France seeing many of the great cathedrals, playing and hearing wonderful organs, and spending time at some of the leading tourist sites in France. The instruments included examples of French organ building from the Baroque era to the 21st century, with an emphasis on the French Classic era and Cavaille-Coll.

Added attractions included Omaha Beach, Sunday mass at Solesmes, tours of Versaille and Chartres, along with four days in Paris. The group also experienced liturgy in the loft at Notre Dame with Olivier Latry and at Saint-Etienne-du-Mont with Thierry Escaich.


Wednesday, May 25
Arrive in Paris Bus to Rouen, tour the city, visit the Cathedral of Notre Dame Overnight in Rouen

Thursday, May 26
The tour begins by playing the newly restored French classic organ in Caudebec-ed-Caux (Lefebvre)
The first day concludes by playing one of the great symphonic organs at the Eglise abbatiale Saint-Ouen (Cavaille-Coll)
Overnight in Caen

Friday, May 27
Bus to Bayeux. Play Notre Dame Cathedral at Bayeux (Cavaille-Coll) Visit the Bayeux Tapestry
Bus to Carentan. Play Notre Dame de Carentan (Louis Lair) Visit the American Cemetary at Omaha Beach
Play Saint-Etienne de Caen (Cavaille-Coll)
Overnight in Caen

Saturday, May 28
Free morning in Caen
Bus to Falaise, play Notre Dame de Guibray (Parisot)
Bus to Solesmes
Overnight in Solesmes

Sunday, May 29
Attend church at the Abbaye de Solesmes
Bus to Poitiers
Overnight in Poitiers

Monday, May 30
Play one of the greatest French Classic organs, the Cathedral de Saint-Pierre (F.H. Clicquot)
Bus to Moulins, play the Eglise (Merklin)
Overnight in Moulins

Tuesday, May 31
Bus to Souvigny
Play the organ at the Eglise (F.H. Clicquot)
Bus to Vichy, play the organ at Eglise Saint-Louis (Aubertin)
Bus to Bourges
Overnight in Bourges

Wednesday, June 1
Play the organ at Bourges Cathedral (Kern)
Bus to Chartres: tour of Chartres Cathedral
Overnight in Chartres

Thursday, June 2
Bus to Houdan. Play the Eglise Saint-Jacques-Saint-Christophe (L-A Clicquot)
Bus to Versailles
Bus to Paris, play St. Denis (Cavaille-Coll)
Overnight in Paris

Friday, June 3
Play organs at Saint-Augustin & Temple du Saint-Esprit
Play at La Madeleine (Cavaille-Coll) & La Trinite
Overnight in Paris

Saturday, June 4
Mass at Notre-Dame Cathedral followed by a presentation of the gallery organ by Olivier Latry and playing the organ
Overnight in Paris

Sunday, June 5

Free day in Paris
Evening Mass at Saint-Etienne-du-Mont followed by a presentation of the organ by Thierry Escaich
Overnight in Paris

Monday, June 6

Play the organ at the Ile-Saint-Louis Church (Aubertin)
Play Saint-Sulpice (Cavaille-Coll), followed by a presentation by Sophie-Veronique Caucherer-Choplin.
Play the organ at Saint-Ferdinand-des-Ternes (Pascal Quoiran)
Overnight in ParisI

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