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St James’ Music Series presents Loreto Aramendi, an international concert artist and main organist of the Basilica of Santa María del Coro in San Sebastián, Spain.  She has given numerous recitals in Europe, Argentina, Japan, Russia, and the United States, and her extraordinary skill and musicianship have been highly praised:

‘Absolute musicianship, sound technique, and utter command over the instrument’
– The Sydney Organ Journal

‘Thrilled by her genius…  She has a unique gift that is very rare’
 – JAV Records

What sets Loreto Aramendi’s concerts apart are the symphonic transcriptions of works by Liszt, Fauré, Rachmaninoff, and Saint-Saëns.  These transcriptions are not simplified arrangements, but concert versions of great orchestral works which push both the instrument and player to the limit.  As such, they show off the rich tonal colours of the organ necessary for interpreting orchestral music, which are otherwise unheard in strict organ repertoire.  As well, the organ transcriptions require a musician of exceptional virtuosic and artistic skill – and that, Loreto Aramendi has in spades. 

This will be the first time for this Spanish virtuoso to perform on Canada’s West Coast as she embarks on a tour in Canada and the USA.  A rare opportunity to hear this extraordinarily-talented musician perform on the mighty pipe organ at St James’ Church, this is a concert not to be missed !

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