“Concert for Peace” by organist Gail Archer

Jan 19, 7:00 pm

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets, New York, NY, 10022

Hailed as one of this era’s most adventurous interpreters of the classical organ repertoire, leading organist and Vassar music faculty member Gail Archer hosts a special one-night-only free concert at the iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Known for enthralling listeners with her musicality, sensitivity, and visceral quality, Archer introduces audiences to rarely performed works by 19th-21st-century Russian and Ukrainian composers. This concert marks Archer’s latest offering in her decade-long commitment to sharing Eastern European organ literature.

Under the circumstances of the military conflict in Ukraine, this “Concert for Peace” presents an opportunity for audiences to appreciate the monumental contributions to classical music, and more specifically organ music, that have emerged over the centuries from both Ukraine and Russia. “In my own view, the organ music contributions from both countries/nationalities have been enormous, and human culture and civilization would be far poorer without them,” says Archer. “I hope this will be kept in mind particularly in this period of conflict and crisis.”

This concert is free and open to the public. Donations accepted. First come, first served.

For more information, contact St. Patrick’s Cathedral at or call 212.753.2261.

This event will also be livestreamed on St. Patrick’s YouTube channel.


Photo of a woman looking back from the church organ she is sitting in front of
Gail Archer Photo: Stephanie Berger