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Richard J. Clark is the Director of Music of the Archdiocese of Boston and the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. He is also Chapel Organist (Saint Mary’s Chapel) at Boston College. His compositions have been performed worldwide.
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A second class of tunes—which can also be said with certainty to fall under the profane—are those which are written in the style of secular songs and which, if heard without the words, would be recognized only as such. In these, as a rule, the devotional gives way to the sentimental, cheerfulness to levity and oftentimes vulgarity, while not even an attempt is made to give a serious or dignified musical expression to the sentiments embodied in the words of the hymn. Not the least objectionable feature of some of these tunes is a jingling piano accompaniment quite unsuited to the church organ.
— Preface to a Roman Catholic Hymnal (1896)

The Tradition Continues! • Seven Organists Perform
published 18 October 2019 by Richard J. Clark

F YOU MISSED Leo Abbott’s rededication recital, here is another opportunity to hear him and several other wonderful organists perform at Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 3:00pm. This will be the Thirtieth Annual Cathedral Organ Benefit Recital—a remarkable streak!

For decades, Leo Abbott, Music Director and Organist Emeritus of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, has very generously invited multiple organists to play on fundraising recitals. These concerts were among my fondest memories, enjoying the camaraderie of fellow organists and those passionate about the music. This tradition must continue!

Carson Cooman composer-in-residence
The Memorial Church, Harvard University
Mark Dwyer The Church of the Advent
Dr. Janet E. Hunt Saint John’s Seminary, Boston
Peter Krasinski international concert organist
Rosalind Mohnsen Immaculate Conception, Malden
Leo D. Abbott & Richard J. Clark Cathedral of the Holy Cross

SUGGESTED DONATION: $20 | $10 for AGO Members, Seniors, and students Donations are gratefully accepted for the ongoing maintenance and restoration of the Cathedral’s historic E. & G. G. Hook and Hastings Opus 801 (1875)

Download the concert poster here.

Click here for specifications of the 101-rank E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings Organ, Opus 801

You can now donate online to the Cathedral Organ Restoration Fund here. You will receive an automated letter for tax purposes. You may also set up regular giving to assist with maintenance and tuning. Even $10 per month is a big help! This Fund was established by Leo Abbott in 1987 in memory of his father, Arthur J. Abbott.

ITH THE REMOVAL of carpeting and installation of marble and stone floors, the acoustic of the cathedral has been transformed. As such, the instrument is now being heard as it has never been in our lifetimes. Msgr. Kevin O’Leary’s opening remarks, prior to Leo Abbott’s recent rededication recital, was interrupted with wild applause. He could not finish this sentence: “During the renovation of the Cathedral, every bit of carpeting was removed and replaced with marble and stone…” Applause burst out here for what seemed like a few minutes! He continued: “…allowing this instrument to sing God’s praises more fully and gloriously.”

Soli Deo Gloria