Grammy-nominated international concert organist and recording artist Gail Archer will present an organ recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cathedral Basilica.
Archer is the founder of Musforum, a professional network for women organists that celebrate and promote their accomplishments.
Musforum held its first conference in New York City in June 2015.
Archer’s advocacy for women organists and composers inspired her most recent CD, “The Muse’s Voice” on Meyer Media.
She promoted this disc in Europe in the summer of 2014 at festivals and churches in Italy, Germany and Poland.
During the 2012-2013 season, Archer promoted her recording, “Franz Liszt, A Hungarian Rhapsody” at cathedrals throughout the U.S. Highlights included recitals at the Cathedral of All Saints, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman, La Crosse, Wisconsin; Gethsemani Abbey, Trappist, Kentucky; Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York and Community of Christ Temple, Independence, Missouri.
In the summer of 2013, she was featured by the philharmonic societies in Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Tomsk and Perm, Russia, and played in festivals in Italy, Germany and Denmark.
Her 2011 series in New York City included three concerts dedicated entirely to the organ works of Liszt.
In spring 2010, she celebrated the 325th anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach with six concerts around New York City, concluding with the Art of Fugue at Central Synagogue.
Lucid Culture proclaimed, “Like the composers she chooses, Archer’s playing spans the range of human emotions — with Bach, there’s always plenty to communicate, but this time out it was mostly an irresistibly celebratory vibe.”
In 2009, her spring series, Mendelssohn in the Romantic Century was inspired by Mendelssohn’s extraordinary versatility as composer, conductor, performer and scholar and included the organ music of his sister, Fanny Mendelssohn as well as music by Clara Schumann.
Archer was the first American woman to play the complete works of Olivier Messiaen for the centennial of the composer’s birth in 2008.
Archer’s recordings span the 17th to the 21st centuries, a festive discography that highlights her musical mastery on grand Romantic instruments as well as Baroque tracker organs.
Her most recent CD, “The Muse’s Voice” features music by women composers Jennifer Higdon, Judith Bingham, Nadia Boulanger and Jeanne Demessieux.
Archer will perform on the Casavant Pipe Organ, Opus 3821, installed at the Cathedral in 2003.
The cost for the concert is $15 for adults, and $10 for students and senior citizens. Children under 10 are free.
For information, email Bernie Sans at firstname.lastname@example.org.