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Together with Notre-Dame de Paris, Washington D.C.

South Rose Window of Notre-Dame cathedral

The tragic fire that broke out at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15th destroying its iconic spire and reducing its ancient wooden roof to ash has sparked a wave of sympathy and emotion across the world. The French cathedral, which dates back more than 850 years, will be rebuilt, “more beautiful than before” declared French President Emmanuel Macron. Reconstruction of Notre-Dame will take many years, and is going to be a huge collective effort.

Join us on April 26th, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D. C. for a free concert celebrating the spiritual and cultural significance of Notre-Dame de Paris in the world and the hope for its future.

Johann Vexo, organist of Notre-Dame de Paris, will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach, César Franck, Louis Vierne (organist of Notre-Dame de Paris from 1900 to 1937), and Marcel Dupré. The Choir of the Basilica will sing motets by Jean l’Heritier and John Taverner. Johann Vexo was playing at Notre-Dame when the fire started on April 15th. He is the last musician to have performed there.

The event will be free and open to all, with a freewill offering to benefit the rebuilding and restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris. No reservation required.

This event is organized by the Embassy of France in the United States and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in partnership with the Friends of Notre-Dame, the French-American Cultural Foundation and The Jefferson, Washington, DC.

For more information on how to support the reconstruction of Notre-Dame de Paris, click here.