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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 February 3, 2016

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2016: February | March | April | May | June | July | August

February, 2016

February 5, Friday:

7:30PM – as part of a Twin Cities Widor Festival devoted to the music of the famous French composer/organist Charles-Marie Widor, performance of his Mass for Choirs and Two Organs (Opus 36), the motet Surrexit a mortuis (Opus 23, #3), and the Organ Symphony No. 3 (Opus 13, #3), at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Saint Paul, MN.  Performers include organists Robert Vickery, Lawrence Lawyer, Jason Engquist and Catherine Rodland (Symphony 3), and choirs of the Cathedral of Saint Paul (Sean Vogt, director), Holy Childhood Catholic Church (Robert Vickery, director), and St. John the Evangelist Episcopal  Church (Jason Engquist, director).  Concert comments will be provides by Widor’s biographer John Near.  Co-sponsored by TCAGO and PIPEDREAMS. Free. Public invited.

February 6, Saturday:

9AM-noon: a continuation of the Twin Cities Widor Festival, an audio-visual presentation by Professor John Near (Widor editor and biographer) devoted to the life and times of the celebrated French composer/organist Charles-Marie Widor, with special focus on his orchestral and chamber music, in the UBS Forum at Minnesota Public Radio (480 Cedar Street) in Saint Paul, MN.  Sponsored by the Twin Cities chapter of the American Guild of Organists and PIPEDREAMS. Free admission; public invited.  Parking available in adjacent ramps.

8PM – faculty artists David Jenkins (organ and harpschord), Christopher Kachian (guitar) and Shelly Nordtorp-Madson (art historian) present a program around music by Bach and Georg Böhm in the chapel of the Saint Paul Seminary (2260 Summit Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  

February 7, Sunday:

3PM – as the final event in the Twin Cities Widor Festival, soloist Diana Lee Lucker plays the rarely heard Symphony No. 3 for Organ and Orchestra, Op. 69 by Charles-Marie Widor with the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis led by Cary John Franklin featuring the 70-rank Hendrickson pipe organ at Wayzata Community Church (125 Wayzata Boulevard East) in Wayzata, MN.  Widor biographer John Near will provide a concert comment.  Free.

CANCELLED 4PM – guest soloist Gail Archer (Vasser College, NY) plays a concert on the 1963 Wicks pipe organ at Bethel Lutheran Church (810 3rd Avenue SE) in Rochester, MN.

4PM – guest soloist Jim Hild plays a concert on the Casavant tracker-action organ at Como Park Lutheran Church (1376 Hoyt Avenue West) in Saint Paul, MN.  Free.

February 11, Thursday:

12:30PM – guest soloist Joan DeVee Dixson plays a noontime ‘Second Thursday” concert on the 19-rank Nordlie pipe organ at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church (15600 Old Rockford Road) in Plymouth, MN.  Free.

February 14, Sunday:

3PM – local soloist Andrew Galuska (of Christ Methodist, Rochestra) plays the Aeolian-Skinner/Schantz pipe organ in the splendid chapel of St. Mary’s Hospital (1200 2nd Street SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free

4PM – a Lenten Procession Service, led by organist David Cherwien, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (31st and Chicago South) in Minneapolis, MN.

4PM – guest soloist Dean Billmeyer plays a concert on the Casavant tracker-action organ at Como Park Lutheran Church (1376 Hoyt Avenue West) in Saint Paul, MN.  Free.

February 16, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist David Troyano plays a noontime concert on the Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  www.stlouiskingoffrance.org

February 17, Wednesday:

12:15PM – visiting soloist Brian Williams plays the first in a series of noontime Lenten organ concerts on the Casavant instrument at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 3rd Street SW) in Rochester, MN.

12:15PM –resident soloist Thomas Hamilton plays the 34-rank Moeller pipe organ at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (1710 East Superior Street) in Duluth, MN.  Donation.

February 18, Thursday:

8PM – a master class for organists conducted by Jonathan Biggers (SUNY-Binghamton) featuring the Holtkamp pipe organ in Boe Memorial Chapel on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.  Free.

February 19, Friday:

7PM – a guest recital by Jonathan Biggers (SUNY-Binghamton) featuring the Holtkamp pipe organ in Boe Memorial Chapel on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.  Free.

February 23, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist David Jaronowski plays a noontime concert on the Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  www.stlouiskingoffrance.org

February 24, Wednesday:

12:15PM –local soloist Harold Vetter plays the second in a series of noontime Lenten organ concerts on the Casavant instrument at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 3rd Street SW) in Rochester, MN.

12:15PM –resident soloist Velda Graham Bell plays the 55-rank Austin organ at 1st United Methodist Church (230 East Skyline Drive) in Duluth, MN.  Donation.

February 27, Saturday:

9:30AM-2:30PM the annual Pipe Organ Discovery Day, sponsored by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, a superb opportunity for young students with some keyboard experience and an interest in learning more about the pipe organ, with a ‘hands on’ opportunity, featuring the new Nordlie pipe organ at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church (3930 Rahn Road) in Eagan, MN. A free pizza-lunch is included, but pre-registration is required. Information online at www.tcago.org or email PhilAsgian@gmail.com

2PM – resident organist David Tryggestad (with tenor William Bastian and lutenist Ed Martin) showcase the 1898 Felgemaker pipe organ at the Sacred Heart Music Center (201 West 4th Street) in Duluth, MN.  Donation to benefit the Felgemaker Fund.

3:00PM – the inaugural concert featuring local soloist Jacob Benda and the new Nordlie organ at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church (see above) in Eagan, MN.

February 28, Sunday:

12:30PM – As part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Wicks organ, the Twin Cities AGO Educational Outreach Committee will present an introductory educational program on the pipe organ at St. Paul's United Church of Christ (900 Summit Ave. in St. Paul). Adults and children are welcome. Free.

March, 2016

March 1, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Nils Halker (St. Clement’s Episcopal, Saint Paul) plays a noontime concert on the Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  www.stlouiskingoffrance.org

March 2, Wednesday:

12:15PM – local soloist Julie Yoonjeong Kim (1st Congregational, Rochester) plays the third in a series of noontime Lenten organ concerts on the Casavant instrument at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 3rd Street SW) in Rochester, MN.

12:15PM –soloists Vicki Anderson and Marge Stillwell present a concert on the organ at the Presbyterian Church of Cloquet (47 Fourth Street) in Clocquet, MN.  Donation.

12:30PM – resident musician Sister Gretchen Johnston plays the Kevin Marrin pipe organ in the Peace Chapel at St. Scholastica Monastery (1001 Kenwood Avenue) in Duluth, MN.  Donation.

March 5, Saturday:

 7PM – faculty soloist Catherine Rodland continues her survey of the six Organ Symphonies by Louis Vierne with performance of Nos. 2 & 3 on the Holtkamp pipe organ in Boe Memorial Chapel on the campus of St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN.  Free.

March 6, Sunday:

3PM – a program or music for Twenty Fingers and Four Feet, works for piano-and-organ duets, featuring resident musicians Diana Lee Lucker and Carolyn Diamond and featuring the Hendrickson pipe organ at Wayzata Community Church (125 Wayzata Boulevard East) in Wayzata, MN.  Free.

3PM – regional soloist Sue Fortney Walby (from 1st Presbyterian, La Crosse) plays the Aeolian-Skinner/Schantz pipe organ in the splendid chapel of St. Mary’s Hospital (1200 2nd Street SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free.

4PM – resident organist Geoff Olson commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Wicks pipe organ, supplemented by a recent Hauptwerk virtual organ system, with a concert featuring a newly commissioned piece by Aaron David Miller, at St. Paul's United Church of Christ (900 Summit Ave) in St. Paul, MN.

6:30PM – former St. Olaf Church music director Lynn Trapp returns to accompany a sing-along performance of the A German Requiem by Brahms, with the Minnesota Chorale (led by Kathy Saltzman Romey), featuring the Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Catholic Church (215 South 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN.  Bring your own score, or borrow one on-site.  Free/donation.

March 8, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Catherine Rodland (St. Olaf College, Northfield) plays a noontime concert on the Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  www.stlouiskingoffrance.org

March 9, Wednesday:

12:15PM - visiting soloist Shayla DeJong (Luther College) plays the fourth in a series of noontime Lenten organ concerts on the Casavant instrument at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 3rd Street SW) in Rochester, MN

12:15PM –resident musician Jason Branham plays the monumntal Jaeckel pipe organ at 1st Lutheran Church (1100 East Superior Street) in Duluth, MN.  Donation.

12:15PM –resident musician Beverly Vavra plays a concert on the organ at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church (4600 Folz Boulevard) in Moose Lake, MN.  Donation.

March 10, Thursday:

12:30PM – guest soloist Jungjoo Park plays a noontime ‘Second Thursday” concert on the 19-rank Nordlie pipe organ at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church (15600 Old Rockford Road) in Plymouth, MN.  Free.

March 13, Sunday:

4PM – resident musician Lee Afdahl and Friends present a program of music for organ/piano plus, featuring the Casavant pipe organ at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 3rd Street SW) in Rochester, MN

March 15, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist James Hicks (concert organist, Bernardsville, NJ) plays a noontime concert on the Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  www.stlouiskingoffrance.org

March 16, Wednesday:

12:15PM –visiting soloist Eileen Nelson Ness plays the last in a series of noontime Lenten organ concerts on the Casavant instrument at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 3rd Street SW) in Rochester, MN

12:15PM –resident musician Linda Turpening plays the 20-Moeller pipe organ at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (1325 North 45th Avenue East) in Duluth, MN.  Donation.

12:15PM –resident musician Patricia Johnson plays the a concert on the Moeller pipe organ at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church (4 Elizabeth Avenue) in Esko, MN.  Donation.  

March 17, Thursday:

8:15PM – students from the organ studio present a recital on the Holtkamp pipe organ in Boe Memorial Chapel on the campus of St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN.  Free.

March 18, Friday:

7:30PM – add your voice to the ensemble The Singers for a community-sing performance of the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, with organist Aaron David Miller accompany on the mighty Fisk at House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.  Free  www.singersmca.org

March 19, Saturday:

Morning & Afternoon a Before Bach’s Birthday Bash, five hour-long concert celebrating the 331st Anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach (b. 6/21/1685), as well as honoring the birthday of Bach fanatic Max Reger, who died one hundred years ago (b. 3/19/1873 – d. 5/11/1916). Details TBA.

March 23, Wednesday:

12:15PM –resident musician Alan Berg plays the Moeller pipe organ at Elim Lutheran Church (6101 Cody Street) in Duluth, MN.  Donation.

March 25, Friday:

1PM & 7PM – afternoon and evening performances directed by Jason Branham of the dramatic Passiontide cantata by Theodore Dubois, The Seven Last Words of Christ, featuring the Jaeckel pipe organ at 1st Lutheran Church (1100 East Superior Street) in Duluth, MN.

7:30PM – resident musician Raymond Johnston directs a performance of John Stainer’s The Crucifixion, featuring choir, soloists and the newly renovated Foley-Baker pipe organ at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN.  Admission.  www.ourcathedral.org  

April, 2016

April 1

7PM – senior organ major Alexandra Mauney presents a recital on the Holtkamp pipe organ in Boe Memorial Chapel on the campus of St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN. Free.

April 3, Sunday:

2PM – guest soloist Clive Driskill-Smith plays the Gabriel Kney tracker-action organ in the splendid acoustics of the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel on the campus of the University of St. Thomas (Cleveland at Ashland) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

3PM – regional soloist Catherine Rodland  (St. Olaf College faculty) plays the Aeolian-Skinner/Schantz pipe organ in the splendid chapel of St. Mary’s Hospital (1200 2nd Street SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free.

4PM &ndasha program of Bach Trio Sonatas, with organist Aaron David Miller playing the Jaeckel instrument in the Elizabeth Chapel of House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summitt Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  http://www.hohchurch.org/concerts-and-recitals

April 5, Tuesday:

12:35PM – resident musician Brian Carson plays a noontime concert on the Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of- France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  www.stlouiskingoffrance.org

April 8, Friday:

7:30PM – the Choir of Christ Church, Oxford, England, led by Stephen Darlington, performs under the auspices of the Oratorio Society of Minnesota at Hamline United Methodist Church (1514 Englewood Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.  Admission.  www.oratorio.org

April 9, Saturday:

9:30AM-Noon a public workshop/master-class with visiting recitalist Ken Cowan, featuring the 50-year-old Phelps-Casavant pipe organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (4100 Lyndale Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Free. (See also April 10, 4PM)

1PM guest soloist Steven Betancourt (Loyola University, Chicago) plays a free concert on the Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church (215 South 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN.

April 10, Sunday:

4PM guest recitalist Ken Cowan (one of America’s foremost organ virtuosos) celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Phelps-Casavant pipe organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (4100 Lyndale Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.

April 12, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Christopher Ganza (Our Lady of Lourdes, Minneapolis) plays a noontime concert on the Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  www.stlouiskingoffrance.org

April 14, Thursday:

12:30PM – guest soloist Geoff Olson plays a noontime ‘Second Thursday” concert on the 19-rank Nordlie pipe organ at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church (15600 Old Rockford Road) in Plymouth, MN.  Free.

April 15, Friday:

7:30PM – in celebration of 65 years of service of the resident pipe organ, and in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the death of the composer, the complete choral works of Maurice Duruflé (Requiem; Cum jubilo Mass; Motets, etc.) will be presented by the 150-voice choirs of the University of Northern Iowa, led by Professors John Wiles and Amy Katsonis, with accompaniment by organists Randall Harlow and Mariko Morita, featuring the 84-rank 1949 Wicks organ at the Basilica of Saint Mary (1600 Hennepin Avenue) in Minneapolis, MN. Free.

8:15PM – senior organ major Emma Haupt presents a recital on the Holtkamp pipe organ in Boe Memorial Chapel on the campus of St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN.  Free.

April 17, Sunday:

3PM – members of the Bloomington Symphony, led by Manny Laureano, perform the Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 (“Organ”) featuring resident organist Jane Horn and the Reuter pipe organ at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church (9201 Normandale Boulevard) in Bloomington, MN.  Admission.

4PM – guest soloist from Finland, KalleToivio, plays a full concert on the 108-rank Casavant organ at Central Lutheran Church (333 South 12th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN.  Free.

April 19, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Joseph Ripka (Calvary Episcopal, Stonington, CT) plays a noontime concert on the Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  www.stlouiskingoffrance.org

April 16, Saturday:

9AM to 5PM come to hear young players participate in the Regional Competition for Young Organists, sponsored by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, featuring the Casavant pipe organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (4100 Nicollet Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.

April 26, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Benjamin Kerswell (All Saints Episcopal, Northfield) plays a noontime concert on the Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  www.stlouiskingoffrance.org

April 29, Friday:

7:30PM – visiting artist Loreto Aramendi (from San Sebastian, Spain) presents a recital on the Rieger-Kloss/Wicks pipe organs at the Church of St. John the Evangelist (11 Fourth Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN. www.loretoaramendi.com/en/

May, 2016

May 1, Sunday:

3PM – regional soloist Eileen Nelson Ness (from Salem Lutheran Albert Lea) plays the Aeolian-Skinner/Schantz pipe organ in the splendid chapel of St. Mary’s Hospital (1200 2nd Street SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free.

May 3, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist David H. Anderson  (Bethlehem Lutheran, Bayport, MN) plays a noontime concert on the Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  www.stlouiskingoffrance.org

TENTATIVE May 6, Friday:

7:30PM – a Reger Festival concert, celebrating the monumental work of German composer Max Reger (1873-1916) on the 100th anniversary of his death (May 11, 1916), featuring solo organ works, transcriptions, songs and choral selections using the 108-rank 1927 Casavant-2001 Schantz pipe organ at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (900 Stillwater Road) in Mahtomedi, MN.  www.tcago.org

7:30PM – music for trumpet and organ by “Deux Voix” (trumpeter Justin Langham and organist Stephen Distad) featuring the Möller pipe organ at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (1710 East Superior Street) in Duluth, MN, sponsored by the Arrowhead Chapter of the AGO www.arrowheadago.org .  Free

May 7, Saturday:

 7PM – Saint John’s University organ scholar Joel Kumro plays his graduate recital on the Noack mechanical-action pipe organ in the Sister’s  Chapel at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN.  Free.

May 10, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Stephen J. Hamilton (concert organist, Minneapolis) plays a noontime concert on the Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  www.stlouiskingoffrance.org

May 12, Thursday:

  12:30PM – guest soloist Kristina Langlois plays a noontime ‘Second Thursday” concert on the 19-rank Nordlie pipe organ at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church (15600 Old Rockford Road) in Plymouth, MN.  Free.

May 15, Sunday:

4PM soloist Kathrine Handford presents Alexandre Guilmant’s Symphony No. 2 for Organ and Orchestra, Opus 91 with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra led by William Scrickel, featuring the 1927 Casavant-2001 Schantz organ at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (900 Stillwater Rod) in Mahtomedi, MN.

May 17, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Richard Spotts (concert organist, Doylestown, PA) plays works by Tournemire during a noontime concert on the Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  www.stlouiskingoffrance.org

May 21, Saturday:

7:30PM – resident musician Raymond Johnston conducts the Gloria by Poulenc and Benedicite by Vaughan Williams with choir and orchestra at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN.  Admission.  www.ourcathedral.org

May 22, Saturday:

4PM – a program exploring ‘How an Organ Works”, with resident musician Aaron David Miller playing the Jaeckel instrument in the Elizabeth Chapel of House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summitt Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  http://www.hohchurch.org/concerts-and-recitals

May 24, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Kathrine Handford (Lawrence University, Appleton, WI) plays a noontime concert on the Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  www.stlouiskingoffrance.org

June, 2016

June 4, Saturday:

4PM – instrumental masterpieces (Orchestral Suite #2 and Brandenburg Concerto #2) as part of the annual Bach Tage led by David Cherwien at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (31st and Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.  Admission.

June 5, Sunday:

2PM – guest soloist Dennis James (Fox Theatre, Detroit) plays the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ in accompaniment to the feature-length silent film “Peter Pan” at the Phipps Center for the Arts (109 Locust Street) in Hudson, WI. Admission. http://thephipps.org/

3PM – regional soloist Christopher Ganza (from Our Lady of Lourdes, Minneapolis) plays the Aeolian-Skinner/Schantz pipe organ in the splendid chapel of St. Mary’s Hospital (1200 2nd Street SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free.

4PM – Bach’s Cantata 76 (Die Himmel erzählet die Ehre Gottes) as part of a Bach Tage vespers service, with conductor Kathy Romey and organist David Cherwien, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (31st and Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.  Admission.

August, 2016

August 7, Sunday:

3PM – regional soloist Kanen Hanson Sande (from 1st Lutheran, Duluth) plays the Aeolian-Skinner/Schantz pipe organ in the splendid chapel of St. Mary’s Hospital (1200 2nd Street SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free