Organist Cameron Carpenter Is Breaking Pipes And Stereotypes

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Organist Cameron Carpenter (far right) performs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and conductor Bramwell Tovey on Jan. 12, 2017. (Courtesy Winslow Townson)
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The pipe organ dates back to ancient Greece. It has grown ever more complicated and ever more associated with Christianity.

But virtuoso organist Cameron Carpenter (@CameronOrganist) is on a mission to change the whole organ world, from its religious ties to archaic technology. Carpenter spoke with Here & Now‘s Robin Young ahead of his performance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Music From The Segment
  • “The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: Contrapunctus IX,” composed by J.S. Bach
  • “Music for an Imaginary Film,” composed by Cameron Carpenter
  • “Sisters of Mercy,” composed by Leonard Cohen
  • “XXIV Choral Prelude ‘O Mensch bewein Dein Sünde gross,'” composed by J.S. Bach
  • “At the Royal Majestic,” composed by Terry Riley
  • “Pure Imagination,” composed by Anthoney Newley and Leslie Bricusse
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