Less than a year ago in Paris, France, the world watched the destruction of one of the most revered, historical, medieval cathedrals and recognizable symbols: Notre-Dame de Paris. During this Classics concert series, patronage and commissioned works will be highlighted, as well as pay musical homage to the French composer Louis Vierne who served as principal organist for 37 years at Notre-Dame. We will be performing his organ C-sharp minor mass Op. 16, "Messe Solennele" scored for choir, quartet, and two pipe organs, which was composed in 1899, and first premiered in 1901. Please join us on a journey to understand the composers' careers and reasons for dedicating music that touches the masses.