Friday, August 28, 2015
St. James Cathedral, Orlando
Vatican organist Juan Paradell Solé will perform a free concert on the Cathedral’s 62 rank Wicks pipe organ. The first event of the St. James 2015-2016 concert series, this is a benefit concert to support Bishop Grady Villas, which supports persons with disabilities to use their God-given gifts to achieve greater independence, physical and emotional well-being, and spiritual growth. A free-will offering will be taken up for this important ministry of the Diocese of Orlando. The concert is being sponsored by the Cathedral’s Friends of the Music Ministry as well as a generous donor.
Born in Igualada, Spain, Juan Paradell Solé’s interest in church music began at an early age, as a chorister in Pueri Cantores. His earliest musical studies were in Gregorian Chant, and later in organ at the Barcelona Conservatory. At age 17, he moved to Rome where he completed his training in organ and composition at the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia. After almost 30 years as organist of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, Paradell Solé was appointed Titular Organist to the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel Choir by Pope Benedict XVI. He performs regularly at all papal liturgies in St. Peter’s Basilica. He remains Organist Emeritus of St. Mary Major and is a Professor of Organ and Gregorian chant at the Licino Refice Music Conservatory in Frosinone, Italy.