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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 September 22, 2017

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

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2017: September | October | November | December

2018: January | February | March | April | May

September, 2017

September 23, Saturday:

7:30PM – resident canon musician Raymond Johnston plays the American premiere of the 'Preston Toccata' by Ann Millikan, plus works by Liszt, Alain and Durufle, as part of a solo concert on the Foley–Baker pipe organ at the Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Mark (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation. A pre–concert talk with the composer begins at 6:30PM.

September 24, Sunday:

3PM – guest soloist Kola Owolabi (University of Michigan faculty) plays music by Muffatt, Cabanilles, Coreea, Bach, Handel, Pamela Decker, Calvin Hampton and Maurice Duruvle on the Gabriel Kney pipe organ in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas on the campus of the University of St. Thomas (Cleveland at Ashland) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

September 27, Wednesday:

12:15PM – guest soloist Jeffrey Thormodsgard (student at Augustana College, Sioux Falls) plays a noontime concert on the 54–rank Schlicker–Hendrickson pipe organ at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (909 West 33rd Street) in Sioux Falls, SD.  Free/donation. Lunch available afterwards.

September 28, Thursday:

7:30PM – the annual autum recital by the indomitable Bethel University professor Stephen Self, who will share substantial and intriguing works by Bach, Reger, Jolivet and Guillou while playing the 67–rank Blackinton pipe organ in Benson Great Hall on the Bethel University campus in Arden Hills, MN. Free.

October, 2017

October 1, Sunday:

3PM – a guest appearance (and MN debut) of University of Alabama professor Faythe Freese, playing the Glatter–Götz/Rosales pipe organ at Augustana Lutheran Church (4100 Robert Street  South) in West Saint Paul, MN.

7PM – in recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Dr. John Ferguson will play a concert and lead hymn singing with the recently-enhanced Holtkamp pipe organ at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church (400 West 9th Street) in Hastings, MN. Free/donation.

October 3, Tuesday:

12:35PM – newly-appointed Organ Scholar Benjamin Kurswell (St. Olaf College) 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.

October 6, Friday:

7PM – enjoy the classic silent film Phantom of the Opera with improvised accompaniments played by Aaron David Miller 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. Admission, at the door.

October 7, Saturday:

7PM – a concert commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, with organist Bill Chouinard and the Lake Wobegon Brass Band (Michael Halstenson, conductor), at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (900 Stillwater Road) in Mahtomedi, MN. Donation.

October 8, Sunday:

2PM – a concert commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, with organist Bill Chouinard and the Lake Wobegon Brass Band (Michael Halstenson, conductor), at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church (17205 County Road 6) in Plymouth, MN. Donation.

3PM – resident musician Bob Nienaber (with choir and brass) performs a ‘golden anniversary’ concert with works by Bach, Gigout, Charles Callehan and Gabrielli, celebrating the 50th anniversary of inauguration of the 39-rank Schantz pipe organ (the first by that builder to be installed in Minnesota) at Centennial United Methodist Church (1524 West County Road C2, at Snelling) in Roseville,MN. Free/donation.

October 12, Thursday:

12:30PM – in an ongoing series of Third Thursday concerts, guest artist Kris Langlois (Concordia College, Saint Paul) performs on the 19-rank Nordlie pipe organ at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church (15600 Old Rockford Road) in Plymouth, MN. Free.

October 13, Friday:

7PM – internationally touring recitalist Raul Ramirez makes his Twin Cities debut in concert on the Blackinton pipe organ at the Benson Great Hall on the campus of Bethel University (3900 Bethel Drive) in Arden Hills, MN.  Free.

October 14, Saturday:

2PM – continuing a season of monthly 'Second Saturday' performances, local soloists Alan Berg and David Tryggestad play 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 – resident musician Cristiano Rizzotto plays a free concert on the 28–rank K.C. Marrin mechanical–action pipe organ at Good Shepherd Catholic Church (145 Jersey Avenue South) in Golden Valley, MN. Free admission/donation; wine–reception.

October 15, Sunday:

3PM – University of Minnesota organ professor Dean Billmeyer plays works by Bach, Sowerby, Persichetti, Vierne and others on the recently upgraded 38–rank Möller organ at Elim Louheran Church (3978 Wesdt Broadway) in Robbinsdale, MN. Free.

October 21, Saturday:

2PM – resident musician Phillip Radtke, with brass, bells, and choir, presents A Raucous Reforman Hymn Festival, featuring the 40-rank Schlicker pipe organ at Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church (4120 17th Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

7:30PM – resident musician David Jenkins presents a solo recital on the splendid Noack mechanical–action pipe organ in the St. Mary's Chapel of the Saint Paul Seminary (2115 Summit Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.  Free.

October 22, Sunday:

3PM – Luther College faculty soloist Gregory Peterson plays a concert on the 30-rank van Daalen tracker-action organ at Spring Grove Lutheran Church (203 East Main Street) in Spring Grove, MN. Free/donation.

October 29, Sunday:

6PM – the 13th annual Tricks and Treats with the Mighty Organ concert featuring resident musician Bill Chouinard and the mighty 108-rank 1927 Casavant/Schantz pipe organ
in the Sanctuary of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church (900 Stillwater Road) in Mahtomedi, MN. The performance, replete with special lighting and video effects, is designed with young listeners in mind, and children are invited to come in costume and join in the costume parade around the room. Refreshments and treats for kids of all ages will be served after the program, and an offering will be received. Come early for Papa Murphy's pizza sold by the slice in the Youth and Sports Center from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

November, 2017

November 5, Sunday:

3PM – resident musician Sarah Carlson (with choir) presents a dedication concert on the new Casavant pipe organ at 1st Lutheran Church (900 Bemidji Avenue N.) in Bemidji, MN. Free/donation.

4PM – guest soloist Gregory Peterson (Luther College, Decorah) plays a concert of works by Buxtehude, Bach, Mendelssohn, Vierne, Libby Larsen and Gerald Near on the Wicks/Rieger-Kloss organ at the Church of St. John the Evangelist (11 4th Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN. Free/donation.

November 9, Thursday:

12:30PM – in an ongoing series of Third Thursday concerts, guest artist Jim Hils (All Saints Lutheran, Minnetonka) performs on the 19-rank Nordlie pipe organ at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church (15600 Old Rockford Road) in Plymouth, MN. Free.

November 11, Saturday:

10AM – visiting recitalist Gail Archer (Vassar and Barnard Colleges and Columbia University) presents a lecture–performance on Music by Women Composers for the Organ, featuring the new Nordlie instrument organ at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church (3930 Rahn Road) in Eagan, MN.  Free, sponsored by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

2PM – continuing a season of monthly 'Second Saturday' performances, guest soloist Melanie Ohnstad (Westminster Presbyterian, Minneapolis) 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.

November 12, Sunday:

3PM – visiting New York City recitalist Gail Archer plays a solo concert on the new Nordlie pipe organ at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church (3930 Rahn Road) in Saint Paul, MN. Admission $10/students free.

4PM – associate resident musician Mark Paisar plays works by Bach, Bruhns and Vierne on the 1965 Casavant organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (4100 Lyndale Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

November 19, Sunday

1PM – guest artist Chad Winterfeldt (Gustavus Adolphus College) plays the new Nordlie pipe organ at Holy Trinity Cathedral (605 North State Street) in New Ulm, MN. Free.

4PM – guest soloist and acclaimed composer Rachel Laurin plays a solo concert on the Casavant pipe organ at 1st Presbyterian Church in Rochester, MN. Free/donation.

November 30, Monday:

7PM – the world–acclaimed Vienna Boys Choir presents a concert of sacred music at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman (530 Main Street) in La Crosse, WI.  Admission. Tickets on sale now.

December, 2017

December 2, Friday

7:30PM – a concert of choral music for Advent and Christmas by the most prolific of composers, Antonio Vivaldi, featuring choir and orchestra led by Raymond Johnston at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

December 3, Sunday

3PM – Twin Cities musician and New Ulm native son Kraig Windschitl plays a concert on the new Nordlie pipe organ at Holy Trinity Cathedral (605 North State Street) in New Ulm, MN. Free.

3PM – local young musicians, a handbell choir, and resident organist David Tryggested invite the community to participate in a Friends of the Felgemaker Holiday Concert, featuring 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.

4PM – resident musician David Cherwien leads choir and congregation in a solemn procession of Lessons and Carols for Advent, featuring the Schlicker pipe organ at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (3045 Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation

5PM – a Service for Advent with Carols, led by resident organist/director Raymond Johnston and featuring the Foley-Baker pipe organ at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation..

6:30PM – former resident musician Lynn Trapp returns to accompany the Minnesota Chorale, led by Kathy Romey, in the annual 'Sing–Along Messiah' at St. Olaf Catholic Church (215 South 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN.  Bring your own score or borrow one.  Free/donation.

December 14, Thursday

12:30PM – in an ongoing series of Third Thursday concerts, resident artist Mary Newton (with soprano Julie Simonson) performs on the 19-rank Nordlie pipe organ at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church (15600 Old Rockford Road) in Plymouth, MN. Free.

December 17, Sunday

5PM – a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, led by resident organist/director Raymond Johnston and featuring the Foley-Baker pipe organ at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

December 22, Sunday

7:30PM – a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, led by resident organist/director Raymond Johnston and featuring the Foley-Baker pipe organ at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

January, 2018

January 11, Thursday:

12:30PM – in an ongoing series of Third Thursday concerts, guest artist Matt Tylutki (St. Olaf College, Northfield) performs on the 19-rank Nordlie pipe organ at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church (15600 Old Rockford Road) in Plymouth, MN. Free.

January 13, Saturday:

2PM – continuing a season of monthly 'Second Saturday' performances, local soloists Parker Hinnenkamp and Tom Hamilton play 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.

January 14, Sunday:

3PM – guest soloist Fr. Garrett Ahlers plays the new Nordlie pipe organ at Holy Trinity Cathedral (605 North State Street) in New Ulm, MN. Free.

February, 2018

February 3, Saturday:

??? – a workshop with venerable American organist and teacher Wilma Jensen at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (901 ???) in Mahtomedi, MN.  Open to the public.

February 4, Sunday:

4PM – resident musician Tom Ferry (Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church) plays a concert on the Casavant tracker-action organ at Como Park Lutheran Church (1376 Hoyt Avenue West) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

February 8, Thursday:

12:30PM – in an ongoing series of Third Thursday concerts, guest artist Ben Kerswell (St. Olaf College, Northfield; TCAGO and Regional AGO Competition winner) performs on the 19-rank Nordlie pipe organ at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church (15600 Old Rockford Road) in Plymouth, MN. Free.

February 10, Saturday:

2PM – continuing a season of monthly 'Second Saturday' performances, local soloists Sam Black and David Tryggestad play 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.

February 11, Sunday:

3PM – guest soloist Sean Connolly plays the new Nordlie pipe organ at Holy Trinity Cathedral (605 North State Street) in New Ulm, MN. Free.

4PM – visiting musician Phillip Radtke plays a concert on the Casavant tracker-action organ at Como Park Lutheran Church (1376 Hoyt Avenue West) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

February 18, Sunday:

4PM – guest soloist David P. Jenkins (St. Paul Seminary/University of St. Thomas) plays a concert on the Casavant organ at Como Park Lutheran Church (1376 Hoyt Avenue West) in Saint Paul, MN. Free

4PM – resident musician David Cherwien leads choir and congregation in a contemplative service of Lessons and Carols for Lent, featuring the Schlicker pipe organ at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (3045 Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

February 21, Wednesday:

12:15PM – guest soloist Jeffrey Daehn presents a noontime concert on the Casavant pipe organ at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 3rd Street SW) in Rochester, MN. Free/donation.

February 24, Saturday:

9:30AM-3PM – the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists sponsors its annual Pipe Organ Discovery Day, inviting students of any age an opportunity to learn more about the pipe organ and expand their knowledge with 'hands on' experience. The day begins at with the 29-rank 2011 Hendrickson organ at Trinity Episcopal Church (322 Second Street) in Excelsior and after a free pizza lunch moves to the 26-rank 1993 Schantz organ Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior. Advance registrations required: www.tcago.org Free!

February 25, Sunday

4PM – visiting musician Gregory Peterson (Lutheran College, Decorah) plays a concert on the Casavant tracker-action organ at Como Park Lutheran Church (1376 Hoyt Avenue West) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

February 28, Wednesday

12:15PM – guest soloist Sebastian Modarelli presents a concert on the Casavant pipe organ at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 3rd Street SW) in Rochester, MN. Free/donation.

March, 2018

March 7, Wednesday

12:15PM – guest soloist Lois Marsh presents a concert on the Casavant pipe organ at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 3rd Street SW) in Rochester, MN. Free/donation.

March 8, Thursday

12:30PM – in an ongoing series of Third Thursday concerts, guest artist Geoff Olson (St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Saint Paul) performs on the 19-rank Nordlie pipe organ at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church (15600 Old Rockford Road) in Plymouth, MN. Free.

March 10, Saturday

2PM – continuing a season of monthly 'Second Saturday' performances, local soloists Rachel Kresha and Brian Kapp play 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.

March 14, Wednesday

12:15PM – guest soloist Cheri Benson presents a concert on the Casavant pipe organ at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 3rd Street SW) in Rochester, MN. Free/donation.

March 21, Wednesday

12:15PM – guest soloist Paul Kosower presents a concert on the Casavant pipe organ at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 3rd Street SW) in Rochester, MN. Free/donation.

April, 2018

April 12, Thursday:

12:30PM – in an ongoing series of Third Thursday concerts, guest artist Sharon Kleckner (Saint Paul) performs on the 19-rank Nordlie pipe organ at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church (15600 Old Rockford Road) in Plymouth, MN. Free.

April 14, Saturday:

9:30AM – a workshop/master class for organists led by visiting recitalist Vincent Warnier (St. Etienne du Mont, Paris) in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel of the University of St. Thomas (Cleveland Avenue at Ashland) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

2PM – continuing aseason of monthly 'Second Saturday' performances, local soloists Velda Bell and Karen Sande play 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.

April 15, Sunday:

3PM – a guest recital by French organist Vincent Warnier (St. Etienne du Mont, Paris), playing the Gabriel Kney tracker–action organ in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel of the University of St. Thomas (Cleveland Avenue at Ashland) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

4PM – resident soloist Lee Afdahl presents the annual 'Lee and Friends' concert featuring the Casavant pipe organ at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 3rd Street SW) in Rochester, MN. Free/donation.

April 21, Saturday:

7:30PM – a guest recital by Tom Winpenny (St. Alban’s Cathedral, England) featuring the Foley-Baker pipe organ at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

May, 2018

May 10, Thursday:

12:30PM – in an ongoing series of Third Thursday concerts, guest artist Jungjoo Park (Lake Harriet United Methodist Church, Minneapolis) performs on the 19-rank Nordlie pipe organ at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church (15600 Old Rockford Road) in Plymouth, MN. Free.

May 12, Saturday:

2PM – continuing a season of monthly 'Second Saturday' performances, guest soloist Nils Halker (St. Clement’s Episcopal, Saint Paul) 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.

June, 2018

June 2, Saturday:

4PM – the 12th Annual Bach Tage features performances of Bach Cantatas No. 82 and No. 202, with soloists Andrew Kane and Heather Cogswell and the Bach Tage Orchestra led by David Cherwien, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (3045 Chicago Avenue S.) in Minneapolis, MN. Donation. For more information regarding the Bach Tage, click here.

June 3, Sunday:

4PM – a public Evening Prayer Service with Cantatas by Bach (BWV 161) and Hammerschmidt 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.

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