Organist Karel Paukert Does Annual Performance of Messiaen Nativity in Cleveland Heights

Sun 1/7 @ 4PM

Organist Karel Paukert arrived in the U.S. from the Czech Republic in the 1960s and eventually found his way to Cleveland, where he led the music department at the Cleveland Museum of Art and became a beloved part of the classic music community with his many performances both at the museum and other venues.

Paukert, who is now 82, retired from CMA in 2004 after 30 years but he hasn’t retired from music. He has continued in his other role as choirmaster and organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights.

That’s where he’ll perform the nine-movement La Nativité du Seigneur (The Nativity of the Lord) by French composer Olivier Messiaen, written in 1935. Paukert used to perform it annually at CMA and now does so at St. Paul’s.

The performance is free and open to all.

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