In February, 1931, French organist and composer Marcel Dupré was asked to improvise between the reading of 14 poems entitled Le Chemin de la Croix, written in 1911 by Paul Claudel. Because of its overwhelmingly positive reception, Dupré recalled and wrote down his improvisations during the course of the following year. It became one of his favorite compositions and he played it annually every Lent at Saint-Sulpice in Paris, where he served as organist from 1934 until his death in 1971. To this day, Dupré’s Le Chemin de la Croix remains one of the great French programmatic works for the organ. For this performance cathedral organist Erik W. Goldstrom will be joined by Dorothy Lincoln Smith, who will narrate the Claudel poetry.