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Twin cities Chapter, American Guild of Organists

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Organ Events Calendar

Upcoming organ events in and around Minnesota.

Last updated on August 16, 2019.

Related link: Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

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2019: August | September | October | November | December

2020: January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

For theatre-organ fans, remember that the Wurlitzer instruments at the Fargo Theatre in downtown Fargo, ND and at the Heights Theatre on Central Avenue in Columbia Heights, are generally played prior to Friday and Saturday 7 p.m. film showings. Contact the theaters for specifics, just to be sure.

August, 2019

August 18, Sunday:

2PM – guest soloist Christopher Ganza (Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Minneapolis) plays the final in a summer series concert featuring the 82-rank Wicks “Centennial” organ at The Basilica of Saint Mary (1600 Hennepin Avenue) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. The church is air conditioned and ample free parking is available in the adjacent MCTC ramp and in all Basilica parking lots. Free/donation.

August 20, Tuesday:

12:15PM – student soloist Noah Carlson (Yale University, New Haven, CT) plays a noontime recital on the Wicks instrument at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 6th Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN. Free/donation.

August 24, Saturday:

4PM – guest soloist Pastor Matthew Lehman (Zion Lutheran Church, Albert Lea) plays in an every-other-weekly summer series concert on the historic 1886 Johnson-1929/2013 Casavant organ of 41 ranks at 1st Congregational Church (161 West Broadway Street) in Winona, MN. Co-sponsored by the Church and the SE Minnesota Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free/donation.

August 27, Tuesday:

12:15PM – guest soloist Kari Grant (Woodbury Lutheran Church, Woodbury, MN) plays a noontime recital on the Wicks instrument at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 6th Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN. Free/donation.

August 29, Thursday:

7PM – local guest soloists Michele Plombon and Joe Haus (classical guitar) play a split recital in the final series of summer concerts on the 39-rank Casavant organ at St. Thomas More Catholic Community (1079 Summit Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN. Free. Reception afterwards. Families welcome!

September, 2019

September 18, Wednesday:

12:25PM – guest organist Stephen Self plays a concert (following noon Mass) on the dramatic 61-stop Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church (215 south 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

September 22, Sunday:

4PM – the season-opening event of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, a public concert featuring an Nordic-themed program of works by Scandinavian composers played by guest soloist James D. Hicks on the 107-rank Casavant organ at Central Lutheran Church (333 South 12th Street) in Minneapolis, MN. Free concert followed by a TCAGO chapter dinner in the adjacent reception hall; advance reservations required.

September 25, Wednesday:

12:25PM – guest organist Brian Carson plays a concert (following noon Mass) on the dramatic 61-stop Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church (215 south 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

September 29, Sunday:

3PM – guest soloist Christa Rakich (visiting faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory) plays a solo concert on the Noack mechanical-action pipe organ in the St. Mary Chapel of the Saint Paul Seminary (2260 Summit Avenue) in St. Paul, MN. Free.

October, 2019

October 1, Tuesday:

7:30PM – saxophonist Branford Marsalis and organist Jean-Willy Kunz play a concert featuring the newly reinstalled 1932 Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at Northrop Auditorium (84 Church Street SE) on the University of Minnesota’s Main Campus in Minneapolis, MN. Admission.

October 2, Wednesday:

12:25PM – guest organist Katie Moss plays a concert (following noon Mass) on the dramatic 61-stop Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church (215 south 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

October 5, Saturday:

7:30PM – resident organist Christopher Stroh joins with the Lake Wobegon Brass Band led by Michael Halstenson for a program of music from the British Brass Band tradition and other works by Gigout, Saint-Saens, Arthur Sullivan and others, featuring the 82-rank Wicks “Centennial” Organ at the Basilica of Saint Mary (1600 Hennepin Avenue South) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

October 6, Sunday:

3PM – a collective of Twin Cities players (Maria Bucka, Chris Ganza, Jessica Park, Mark Sedio, and Robert Farlee), plus one guest from Oslo, Norway, Marilyn Brattskar, present an Organ Festival on the newly installed Dobson pipe organ at Christ Church Lutheran (3244 34th Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

October 9, Wednesday:

12:25PM – organist Raymond Johnston plays a concert (following noon Mass) on the dramatic 61-stop Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church (215 south 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

October 10, Thursday:

7:30PM – guest soloist Adam Brakel (Diocese of Orlando and Cathedral of St. James) plays a virtuoso program featuring the Skinner/Aeoloian-Skinner/Quimby pipe organs at the Cathedral of Saint Paul (239 Selby Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN. Suggested donation $15.

October 12, Saturday:

7:30PM – guest soloist Ron Rhode plays film-related music and accompanies the Buster Keaton silent short “The Boat”, featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer organ at the Phipps Center for the Arts (109 Locust Street) in Hudson, WI. Admission.

October 13, Sunday:

3:30PM – faculty soloist Chad Winterfeldt presents a program featuring the 55-rank Hillgreen-Lane/Hendrickson pipe organ in Christ Chapel on the Gustavus Adolphus College campus (800 W College Ave) in Saint Peter. Free.

October 16, Wednesday:

12:25PM – guest organist Lawrence Lawyer plays a concert (following noon Mass) on the dramatic 61-stop Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church (215 south 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

October 19, Saturday:

7:30PM – resident musician David Jenkins plays a solo recital on the Noack mechanical-action instrument in the St. Mary Chapel of the St. Paul Seminary (2260 Summit Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

October 20, Sunday:

2:30PM – resident organist Raymond Johnston plays a solo concert on the Foley-Baker pipe organ at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation

October 23, Wednesday:

12:25PM – guest organist Michael Ferguson plays a concert (following noon Mass) on the dramatic 61-stop Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church (215 south 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

October 25, Friday:

7:30PM – guest soloist John Schwandt plays works by Flor Peeters, Helmut Walcha and Paul Manz in a concert commemorating the Paul Manz Centenary, featuring the Schlicker organ at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (3045 Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.

October 26, Saturday:

9AM-noon – guest presenters Paul Westermeyer, David Cherwien and Mark Lawson offer a series of talks and workshops commemorating the Paul Manz Centenary, featuring the Schlicker organ at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (3045 Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Advance registration recommended.

7:30PM – special guest recitalist Hector Olivera plays a concert on the Rieger-Kloss/Wicks organs of the Co-Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist (11 Fourth Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.

October 30, Wednesday:

12:25PM – guest organist Christopher Ganza plays a concert (following noon Mass) on the dramatic 61-stop Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church (215 south 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

November, 2019

November 6, Wednesday:

12:25PM – guest organist Richard Gray plays a concert (following noon Mass) on the dramatic 61-stop Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church (215 south 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

November 13, Wednesday:

12:25PM – guest organist Liisa Keränen plays a concert (following noon Mass) on the dramatic 61-stop Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church (215 south 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

November 17, Sunday:

3PM – a guest recital by acclaimed young soloist Chelsea Chen featuring the Casavant organ at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 3rd Street SW) in Rochester, MN. Free/donation.

November 20, Wednesday:

12:25PM – resident organist Joel Anderson plays a concert (following noon Mass) on the dramatic 61-stop Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church (215 south 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

November 27, Wednesday:

12:25PM – guest organist John Varona plays a concert (following noon Mass) on the dramatic 61-stop Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church (215 south 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

December, 2019

December 1, Sunday:

4PM – resident musician David Cherwien leads an Advent Procession Service with the Mount Olive Cantorei and featuring the Schlicker organ at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (3045 Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.

December 3, Tuesday:

7:30PM – guest soloists Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault present a concert of organ duets, including holiday fare, featuring the 108-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at Northrop (84 Church Street SE) on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus in Minneapolis, MN. Free.

December 4, Wednesday:

12:25PM – guest organist Jessica Park plays a concert (following noon Mass) on the dramatic 61-stop Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church (215 south 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

December 8, Sunday:

6:30PM – conductor Kathy Romey and the Minnesota Chorale lead a ‘Sing-Along-Messiah’ event with organist Lynn Trapp accompanying on the Lively-Fulcher pipe organat St. Olaf Catholic Church (215 South 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Scores provided, or bring your own. Free/donation.

December 15, Sunday:

2:30PM – resident Canon Musician Raymond Johnston reprises his popular performance of Olivier Messiaen’s suite for Christmas, La Nativité du Seigneur, on the Foley-Baker pipe organ at the Cathedral of Saint Mark (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

February, 2020

February 7, Friday:

7:30PM – guest soloist Eric Plutz (Princeton University Organists) plays a program in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Notre Dame Cathedral organist Louis Vierne (1870-1937), including three of the Vierne symphonies and featuring the 82-rank Wicks “Centennial” Organ at the Basilica of Saint Mary (1600 Hennepin Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Sponsored by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free/donation.

February 8, Saturday:

9AM-noon – a workshop on the music of Louis Vierne, presented by Norwegian organ professor Jon Laukvik. Location TBA.

7:30PM – resident musicians David Jenkins, organ and harpsichord, and Chris Kachian, guitar, present a chamber music program involving the Noack mechanical-action instrument in the St. Mary Chapel of the St. Paul Seminary (2260 Summit Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

February 16, Sunday:

2:30PM – guest organist Scott Turkington plays a solo concert on the Foley-Baker pipe organ at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

March, 2020

March 1, Sunday:

4PM – resident musician David Cherwien leads a Lent Procession Service with the Mount Olive Cantorei and featuring the Schlicker organ at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (3045 Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.

March 6, Friday:

7:30PM – guest soloist Jacob Benda presents Pamela Decker’s “The Seven Last Words and Triumph of Christ” an other works in concert on the historic 1877 Johnson & Son pipe organ in the chapel of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (170 Good Counsel Drive) in Mankato, MN.

March 15, Sunday:

4PM – guest soloist (McGill University in Montreal) Hans-Ola Ericcson will play a concert on the Noack mechanical-action pipe organ in the St. Mary Chapel of the Saint Paul Seminary (2260 Summit Avenue) in St. Paul, MN. Free.

March 21, Saturday:

9AM-5PM – the annual Bach’s Birthday Bash happens this year to fall on the actual birthday! Come and celebrate. Details TBA.

March 22, Sunday:

2PM – guest soloist Dave Wickerham plays timeless hits from the 1940s to the ‘60s and beyond, featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer organ at the Phipps Center for the Arts (109 Locust Street) in Hudson, WI. Admission.

March 22/28, Friday/Saturday:

8PM – guest soloist Cameron Carpenter appears with the Minnesota Orchestra in performances of the Symphony Concertante for Organ and Orchestra by Joseph Jongen, featuring the 108-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ recently reinstated in Northrop’s main auditorium (84 Church Street SE) on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus in Minneapolis, MN. Admission.

April, 2020

April 19, Sunday:

4PM – a Solemn Vespers service, featuring a Magnificat setting by Kevin Vogt, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the inauguration of the Noack mechanical-action pipe organ in the St. Mary Chapel of the Saint Paul Seminary (2260 Summit Avenue) in St. Paul, MN. Organ builder Fritz Noack will attend. Free.

April 21, Tuesday:

7:30PM – faculty soloist Dean Billmeyer presents a program featuring the 108-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at Northrop (84 Church Street SE) on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus in Minneapolis, MN. Admission.

April 24, Friday:

7:30PM – guest French organists Oliver Vernet and Céedic Meckler present a program of organ duets on the 108-rank 1927 Casavant-2001 Schantz pipe organ at St. Andrew’s Luthern Church (900 Stillwater Road) in Mahtomedi, MN. Free/donation.

April 26, Sunday:

3PM – the inaugural event celebrating the expansion by Martin Pasi of the celebrated pipe organ by Walter Holtkamp, Sr. at St. John’s Benedicting Abbey Church in Collegeville, MN.

May, 2020

May 1, Friday:

7:30PM – guest soloist Jacob Benda plays solo selections and accompanies the Great River Chorale (led by Mary Kay Geston) and choirs from the College of Saint Benedict and St. John’s University (led by André Heywood), featuring music by Jonathan Dove, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Eriks Esenvalds, Will Todd and Craig Phillips, and using the Schlicker pipe organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (4310 County Road 137) in Saint Cloud, MN.

May 3, Sunday:

2PM – guest soloist Jacob Benda plays solo selections and accompanies the Great River Chorale (led by Mary Kay Geston) and choirs from the College of Saint Benedict and St. John’s University (led by André Heywood), featuring music by Jonathan Dove, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Eriks Esenvalds, Will Todd and Pamela Decker, and using the Noack pipe organ in the Sacred Heart Chapel of St. Benedict’s Monastery in Saint Joseph, MN.

4PM – guest soloist Paul Jacobs (Juilliard School) plays a concert on the Casavant organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (4100 Lyndale Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation, plus reception.

May 15, Friday:

7:30PM – the annual Members Recital presented by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, featuring the 67-rank Blackinton pipe organ in Benson Great Hall on the campus of Bethel University in Arden Hills, MN. Details TBA. Free/donation.

June, 2020

June 6, Saturday:

4PM – resident musicians of the Bach Tage Orchestra and guest soloists present Bach’s Cantata No. 85 in concert at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (3045 Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.

June 7, Sunday:

4PM – resident musician David Cherwien accompanies and guest conductor Kathy Romey leads performances including Bach’s Cantata No. 78 in concert at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (3045 Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.

June 13, Saturday:

7:30PM – guest soloist Justin LaVoie plays everything from classics to jazz on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ at the Phipps Center for the Arts (109 Locust Street) in Hudson, WI. Admission.

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