Organ by Night

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This favorite late-night musical event has now returned: post-Compline organ music!

The return of in-person Compline services also marks the return of another favorite late-night musical event: post-Compline organ music! These informal mini-concerts have introduced generations of Seattleites to the power and beauty of a real pipe organ. All are welcome to listen in the nave, or join the organist in the loft to see what playing an instrument of this size is really like. (The radio program The Organ Loft, which airs on KING-FM immediately following Compline each week, was inspired by this tradition.) A Q&A in the loft usually follows the performance.

The new iteration of this offering, called "Organ by Night," will be offered once a month, on the third Sunday of each month.

  • August 22, 2021: Canon Michael Kleinschmidt
  • October 17, 2021: Canon Michael Kleinschmidt
  • November 21: John Stuntebeck
  • December 19: Dr. Jason Anderson
  • January 16, 2022: Cathedral Music Intern Lucas Jindra
  • February 20:
  • March 20:
  • April 17:
  • May 15:


For this December iteration of Organ by Night, Compline Choir Director Jason Anderson will offer works by Near, Rippen, Walcha, Pachelbel, and Diemer.

In anticipation of the season John Stuntebeck will improvise and play compositions on Advent themes by Marcel Dupré, Rebecca Groom te Velde, and Dieterich Buxtehude.

Canon Kleinschmidt will join in celebrating the 65th anniversary of The Compline Choir by offering Messiaen's Vision of the Eternal Church. Then, in anticipation of Halloween, he will play two brief pieces associated with phantoms: Alain's Fantasmagorie, and Bach's famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor.

For the first Organ by Night on Sunday, August 22, Canon Michael Kleinschmidt will offer music on the Flentrop organ from Suites by G. H. Handel, Louis-Nicholas Clerambault, and Florence Price.

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