Robert Twynham, as music director at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, has directed an ambitious concert program that has brought 750 concerts to the church since 1967. Sunday, as a respected organist, he will let loose himself with bird songs galore in one of six selections from Bach to Hindemith.
Twynham's program is Bach's Sinfonia to Cantata 29; Olivier Messiaen's "Chants d'Oiseaux" ("Song of the Birds"); Maurice Durufle's Scherzo; Hindemith's Sonata 1; Cesar Franck's Choral in A Minor and Marcel Dupre's Variations on a Noel.
"Messiaen's 'Song of the Birds' will make the cathedral sound like a giant aviary," said Twynham, an authority on the French composer under whom he studied. "It's a lovely piece, a little strange . . . In it, Messiaen wrote the songs of four birds -- blackbird, thrush, robin and nightingale. He saw this as the way God speaks through nature."