James O'Donnell Organ Concert

  • May 12, 2024 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • The Parish of St. Mark

    1025 Northwest 21st Avenue
    Portland, Oregon 97209
Ticket Price $15.00-$20.00 This event is now over

James O'Donnell Organ Concert

Immerse yourself in an evening of music at the James O'Donnell Organ Concert. From the divine setting to the superb acoustic qualities of the space, this unique music opportunity promises to be a memorable experience for all music devotees.


The concert will take place at the historic Parish of St. Mark, a location renowned for its acoustics and stunning architectural beauty. Built in 1925, the present building is the third to house The Parish of St. Mark. It is Romanesque in style, modeled after the 10th century Basilica of San Zeno in Verona, Italy. Nestled in the heart of Northwest Portland, the nave at St. Mark's is unsurpassed in beauty, making it a perfect setting for an evening of magnificent music. For more information call the Parish at 503-223-2383 or go to stmarkportland.org


About the Musician

James O'Donnell is an internationally acclaimed organist, known for his dynamic performances and profound understanding of music. In his 23-year tenure as Organist and Master of Choristers at Westminster Abbey, O'Donnell was responsible for all musical aspects of the Abbey's work. He directed the music at great national occasions including the September 2022 State Funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which was broadcast live throughout the world to an estimated audience of over 4 billion people and the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. He now holds the post of Professor in the Practice of Organ at Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music in New Haven, CT. 

Photo by Harold Shapiro

Experience the Majesty of the Organ

Baroque music was the dominant style of the Western classical music composed from about 1600 to 1750. Known for its gradiose, dramatic, and energetic spirit but also for its stylistic diversity. The evening's program finds O'Donnell playing Baroque works by J.S. Bach, Orlando Gibbons, Wm. Byrd, Franz Tunder, and Nicolas de Grigny. The church's three manual tracker-action instrument with imposing horizontal trumpet was made by the Werner Bosch firm of Kassell, Germany and installed at St. Mark's in 1966. This concert is not just an event; it's an experience that will touch your senses and leave you with memories to cherish.

If you love music, history, or sacred spaces this is an event you simply cannot miss!

St. Mark's Werner Bosch organ framing the Rose Window
Date & Time

Sun, May 12, 2024 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Venue Details

The Parish of St. Mark

1025 Northwest 21st Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 The Parish of St. Mark
The Anglican Parish of St. Mark

The Anglican Parish of Saint Mark began as a mission of Trinity Episcopal Parish in 1872. The present building was built in 1925 and is the third building to house the parish. It is Romanesque in style, modeled after the 10th-century Basilica of San Zeno in Verona, Italy. During this performance, you find yourself surrounded by the special features of the nave -- the walls of hand-painted murals from the 1930's, sturdy pillars, rounded arches and walls of alternating courses of cream and red brick, soaring wooden-beam ceiling, clerestory and ground-floor stained glass windows beautifully depicting scenes from Christ's ministry, several of which date back to 1890. English in origin and steeped in tradition, St. Mark's observes the historic practices of the Continuing Anglican Movement, where the worship here conforms with Sacred Scripture. Its prayers and liturgy are among the most beautiful in the English language. They continue to speak for us and to us, as they have for 20 generations. We invite and welcome you to attend our services and fellowship afterwards. 

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