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St. John the Divine had been very excited to be part of the Organ Festival Canada – Victoria 2020, but COVID-19 has meant the festival has moved online. 
The performance on Tuesday is a composition by our former Organ Scholar, Kim Farris-Manning, and is being played by our Organist and Music Director, David Stratkaukas.
The piece is an exploration of ideas around representation, perspective, and being, drawing on the ideas of mapping, and Italo Calvino's book Invisible Cities.
Kim's note for the piece reads:
The fundamental problem of maps is that the earth is a sphere and that paper is flat. A similar quandary exists with musical scores, as with anything that lies on the border of imagination and representation; the danger being that if you write down a lie, it might look like the truth. Kim Farris-Manning explores these questions in her improvisatory soundscape.

The piece presents the organ at St John's in a way people may not have heard it before: David will be deploying a loop pedal, and digital effects including echos and distortion!

The concert is by donation and details on the performance can be found on Facebook (no account required).

For more information on the series, visit Organ Festival Canada 2020: Sounding Heaven & Earth