Organist and Director of Cathedral Music at St. James Cathedral Bruce J. Barber II returned to Rush Hour in a program of 19th Century French masters by Saint-Saëns, Messiaen and Widor. In addition to watching Barber perform from the choir loft, concertgoers were treated to a close-up, live video of his hand and footwork projected onto a large screen on the stage. The full concert was broadcast live on 98.7 WFMT, which will continue to broadcast Rush Hour’s weekly concerts live on the air and online.

Bruce J. Barber II rehearses prior to the concert.

A young concertgoer enjoys the pre-concert reception. Refreshments at this week’s concert were provided by Trader Joe’s and Argo Tea.

Rush Hour Artistic Director Deborah Sobol (left) meets with Nikki Stein of the Polk Bros. Foundation (right) at the pre-concert reception. In addition to sponsorships from foundations such as the Polk Bros., Rush Hour depends on individuals to keep the series free and open to all. Check out our website to learn more about our grant-matching programs and volunteer opportunities.

A full house was surrounded by the organ music as they watched Bruce J. Barber II navigate the many levels of keys and pedals on the big screen at the front of the cathedral. After the performance, Mr. Barber gave an in-depth tour of the organ to concertgoers.

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