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Twin cities Chapter, American Guild of Organists

Pipedreams Regional
Organ Events Calendar

Upcoming organ events in and around Minnesota.

Last updated on April 26, 2019.

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

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2019: April | May | June | July | August

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.

April, 2019

April 27, Saturday:

9AM-1PM – the Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists sponsors another Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza Event for youth and adults interested in learning about the pipe, organ, its mechanics, sounds, and history. Registration begins at 9AM at Spirit of God Lutheran Church (2431 West Superior Street, Duluth), with a second visit at 10:15AM at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (1325 North 45th Avenue, East Duluth). Organ scholarship students will be featured in recital at 11:15AM at the second venue, with pizza lunch to follow. For more information contact Carol Donahue.

April 28, Sunday:

2PM – guest organist Kraig Windschitl plays the new Rodgers Infinity 361 Digital Organ at the Catholic Church of St. William (6120 5th Street NE) in Fridley, MN. Free.

4PM – resident musician Aaron David Miller presents Mendelssohn and the Organ, a concert featuring the Jaeckel pipe organ in the Elizabeth Chapel at House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

6:30PM – a come-one-come-all sing-along performance of the Verdi Requiem with the Minnesota Chorale led by Kathy Saltzman Romey, accompanied by organist Bill Chouinard, at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (900 Stillwater Road) in Mahtomedi, MN. Free/donation. Bring a score or borrow one at the church.

April 29, Monday:

7:30PM – along with chamber works by Boccherini, Mozart and Shostakovkch, the newly restored 1889 Hutchings pipe organ in the Art Room will be played during a concert by the Hill House Chamber Players, at the James J. Hill Mansion (240 Summit Avenue) in Saint Paul. Admission. Repeated May 6.

April 30, Tuesday:

12:35PM – local guest soloist Raymond Johnston plays a noontime concert on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN. Free.

May, 2019

May 1, Wednesday:

12:45PM – between September 2 and May 29, resident musician Michael Olsen (and/or friends) present a weekly midday concert on the 48-rank Austin organ in the sanctuary of 1st Lutheran Church (619 Broadway) in Fargo, ND. Contact the church for specifics.

May 3, Friday:

7:30PM – the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists presents a Members Recital with a program of varied repertoire to fully exploit the Brunzema-Casavant mechanical-action pipe organ in the resonant acoustics of Maternity of Mary Catholic Church (1414 Dale Street North) in Saint Paul, MN. Free/donation.

8PM – members of the Choral Arts Ensemble of the College of Saint Benedict and St. John’s University, led by Axel Theimer, with organist Kim Kasling, present a program of choral and organ music by Faure, Barnett, Castagnet, Rutter, Muffat, Near and Alain featuring the Holtkamp organ at St. John’s Abbey and University Church in Collegeville, MN. Free.

May 4, Saturday:

8PM – British organist James McVinnie, joined by electronics duo DarkStar, presents an evening of new-age music that explores the versatility of the recently reinstalled 108-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at Northrop Auditorium (84 Church Street SE) on the main campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. Admission. Free for students!

May 5, Sunday:

3PM – local soloist Christopher Wallace inaugurates the new Allen G350 combination organ at Grace Lutheran Church (7800 County Road 42) in Apple Valley, MN. Free.

May 6, Monday:

7:30PM – along with chamber works by Boccherini, Mozart and Shostakovkch, the newly restored 1889 Hutchings pipe organ in the Art Room will be played during a concert by the Hill House Chamber Players, at the James J. Hill Mansion (240 Summit Avenue) in Saint Paul. Admission.

May 7, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Scott Hyslop (from Frankenmuth, Michigan) plays a noontime concert on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN. Free.

7:30PM – visiting soloist Chelsea Chen plays a concert of works by Bach, Mulet, Grieg, Gershwin and others on the 67-rank Brunzema-Casavant pipe organ at Hamline United Methodist Church (1514 Englewood Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN. Free/donation.

May 8, Wednesday:

12:45PM – between September 2 and May 29, resident musician Michael Olsen (and/or friends) present a weekly midday concert on the 48-rank Austin organ in the sanctuary of 1st Lutheran Church (619 Broadway) in Fargo, ND. Contact the church for specifics.

May 10, Friday:

7:30PM – resident musician David Cherwien leads and accompanies a special Hymn Festival commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of former Cantor Paul Manz, featuring the Schlicker pipe organ at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (31st and Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

May 11, Saturday:

9AM-Noon – the South Dakota Chapter of the American Guild of Organists sponsors a Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza event to give interested youngsters (fifth grade and older, with some keyboard background encouraged) to have a hands-on opportunity to find out more about the pipe organ at 1st Lutheran Church (327 South Dakota Avenue) in Sioux Falls, SD. Pre-registration ($5) required by May 8.

2PM – continuing a sequence of monthly ‘Second Saturday’ performances, local soloist Tyler Pimm plays the historic 1898 Felgemaker pipe organ in the splendid acoustical ambience of the Sacred Heart Music Center (201 West Fourth Street) in Duluth, MN. Free/donation.

May 12, Sunday:

4PM – guest soloist Mark Sedio plays the Casavant organ in Handel’s Concerto No. 6 in B-flat as part of a concert (including other works by Prokofiev, Argento, and Beethoven) with the Metropoloitan Symphony Orchestra, William Schrickel, conductor, at Central Lutheran Church (333 South 12th Street) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

4PM – guest organist David Cherwien, with speaker Paul Westermeyer and the Augustana Choir, presents a special Hymn Festival commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Paul Manz, featuring the Aeolian-Skinner/Schoenstein pipe organ at 1st Lutheran Church (327 South Dakota Avenue) in Sioux Falls, SD. Free/donation.

May 14, Tuesday:

12:35 PM – local guest soloist Laura Edman plays a noontime concert on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN. Free.

May 15, Wednesday:

12:45PM – between September 2 and May 29, resident musician Michael Olsen (and/or friends) present a weekly midday concert on the 48-rank Austin organ in the sanctuary of 1st Lutheran Church (619 Broadway) in Fargo, ND. Contact the church for specifics.

May 21, Tuesday:

12:35 PM – local guest soloist Catherine Rodland plays the season’s final noontime concert on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN. Free.

May 22, Wednesday:

12:45PM – between September 2 and May 29, resident musician Michael Olsen (and/or friends) present a weekly midday concert on the 48-rank Austin organ in the sanctuary of 1st Lutheran Church (619 Broadway) in Fargo, ND. Contact the church for specifics.

May 29, Wednesday:

12:45PM – between September 2 and May 29, resident musician Michael Olsen (and/or friends) present a weekly midday concert on the 48-rank Austin organ in the sanctuary of 1st Lutheran Church (619 Broadway) in Fargo, ND. Contact the church for specifics.

June, 2019

June 1, Saturday:

4PM – the annual two-day Bach Tage conference for teachers, performers, and individuals who simply enjoy the opportunity to study, rehearse, and perform the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, present performances of Bach cantatas with the Bach Tage Orchestra led by David Cherwien. Tonight’s concert features Tami Morse, harpsichord, Tulio Rondón, cello, and David Cherwien, organist, demonstrating the diversity of Bach’s genius, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (3045 Chicago Avenue S.) in Minneapolis, MN. Donation. For more information regarding the Bach Tage, click here.

7:30PM – guest soloist Jelani Eddington plays music “From Broadway to Hollywood” featuring the Wurlitzer pipe organ at the Phipps Center (109 Locust Street) in Hudson, WI. Admission.

June 2, Sunday:

4PM – a public Evening Vespers Service with cantatas Nos. 37 and 44 by Bach featuring the Bach Tage orchestra and soloists, led by Kathy Romey with organist David Cherwien, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (3045 Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Donation.

June 8, Saturday:

2PM – continuing a sequence of monthly ‘Second Saturday’ performances, University of Minnesota organ professor Dean Billmeyer plays a guest recital on the historic 1898 Felgemaker pipe organ in the splendid acoustical ambience of the Sacred Heart Music Center (201 West Fourth Street) in Duluth, MN. Free/donation.

6:15PM – guest organist Samuel Backman makes an appearance in the Saturday Concert Series featuring the K.C. Marrin tracker-action pipe organ at Good Shepherd Catholic Church (145 Jersey Avenue South) in Golden Valley. Free/donation, plus reception.

June 30, Sunday:

7PM – in his Minnesota debut, innovative Anglo-American organist and jazz keyboard player Kit Downes applies his engaging new music to the Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf RC Church (215 South 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Co-sponsored by ECM Records and American Public Media’s Pipedreams. Free/donation.

July, 2019

July 2 (Tuesday) and 3 (Wednesday):

7:30PM – guest soloist Olivier Latry (Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris) presents a concert for the Minnesota Beethoven Festival on the 39-rank Hendrickson pipe organ at Central Lutheran Church (259 West Wabasha Street) in Winona, MN. Admission.

July 10, Wednesday:

12:15PM – local soloist Joanne Rodland inaugurates the 13th season of the Northfield Noontime Organ Recital Series with a performance on the 26-rank Dobson organ at St. John’s Lutheran Church (500 Third Street West) in Northfield, MN. Free.

July 17, Wednesday:

12:15PM – local soloist Brian Carson continues the 13th season of the Northfield Noontime Organ Recital Series with a performance on the 26-rank Dobson organ at St. John’s Lutheran Church (500 Third Street West) in Northfield, MN. Free.

July 23, Tuesday:

6:15PM – Polish organist Mateusz Rzewuski makes a guest appearance in the Saturday Concert Series featuring the K.C. Marrin tracker-action pipe organ at Good Shepherd Catholic Church (145 Jersey Avenue South) in Golden Valley. Free/donation, plus reception.

July 24, Wednesday:

12:15PM – local soloist Noah Klein continues the 13th season of the Northfield Noontime Organ Recital Series with a performance on the 26-rank Dobson organ at St. John’s Lutheran Church (500 Third Street West) in Northfield, MN. Free.

July 31, Wednesday:

12:15PM – visiting soloist Bill Peterson (Pomona College, CA) continues the 13th season of the Northfield Noontime Organ Recital Series with a performance on the 26-rank Dobson organ at St. John’s Lutheran Church (500 Third Street West) in Northfield, MN. Free.

August, 2019

August 7, Wednesday:

12:15PM – local soloist Stephen May continues the 13th season of the Northfield Noontime Organ Recital Series with a performance on the 26-rank Dobson organ at St. John’s Lutheran Church (500 Third Street West) in Northfield, MN. Free.

August 14, Wednesday:

12:15PM – local soloists Janean Hall & Larry Archbold conclude the 13th season of the Northfield Noontime Organ Recital Series with a performance on the 26-rank Dobson organ at St. John’s Lutheran Church (500 Third Street West) in Northfield, MN. Free.

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