Meet Marcel Pérès


2012-2013 Season opener features guest conductor Marcel Pérès conducting “Santiago De Compostela: Medieval Latin Chant for St. James” in his Cappella Romana debut. Meet this celebrated conductor:

Marcel Pérès, perhaps the greatest iconoclast among the early music performers of his generation, challenges his audience to rethink how we hear musical repertories from the tenth to the eighteenth centuries.

Pérès studied organ at the Conservatory of Nice, followed by advanced work at London’s Royal School of Church Music and the Studio of Ancient Music in Montreal. Upon his return to Europe in 1979, Pérès devoted his major efforts to the study and performance of various medieval repertories, seeking in each to meld musicological, theoretical, and performative perspectives to vivify the music of a particular place and time. In 1982, he founded the Ensemble Organum for these interpretive researches. Ensemble Organum moved from the Abbey of Sénanque to a permanent home at the Foundation Royaumont; Pérès serves as director of the Association pour la Recherche et l’Interprétation des Musiques Médiévales.” &mdash biography excerpted from Timothy Dickey on


Portland – 8pm, Friday, November 16th, St. Mary’s Cathedral
Seattle – 8pm, Saturday, November 17th, St. James Cathedral