Messiaen: La Nativité du Seigneur

Saturday, December 5, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Saint Thomas Church Messiaen: La Nativité du Seigneur


IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a digital video presentation. Instructions for viewing the concert will be included in your ticket purchase confirmation email. All concerts are pre-recorded in Saint Thomas Church in compliance with recommendations from the CDC and Episcopal Diocese of New York at the time of the recording. Events are “premiered” at a specified time and available on-demand for a limited time after the premiere.

Associate Organist, Nicolas Haigh, plays Messiaen’s masterful cycle on the Miller-Scott Organ. Arguably the most distinctive and progressive voice in twentieth-century French music, and certainly the most significant organist-composer of any nationality since Bach, Olivier Messiaen is best known for his cycle of nine pieces entitled La Nativité du Seigneur. Written in 1935, the music speaks directly of the joy, peace and wonder of Christmas. Join us for this digital presentation and slip into this synesthetic world of color and sound, showcasing some of the most hidden and delicate sounds of the Miller-Scott Organ.

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La Nativité du Seigneur (1935) – Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)

La Vierge et l’Enfant (The Virgin and the Child)

Les Bergers (The shepherds)

Desseins éternels (Eternal purposes)

La Verbe (The Word)

Les Enfants de Dieu (The children of God)

Les Anges (The Angels)

Jésus accepte la souffrance (Jesus accepts suffering)

Les Mages (The Wise Men)

Dieu parmi nous (God among us)


Nicolas Haigh, The Miller-Scott Organ