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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 March 22, 2019.

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

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2019: March | April | May | June | July

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.

March, 2019

March 24, Sunday:

3PM – internationally acclaimed guest recitalist Isabelle Demers (Baylor University) plays a solo concert on the Blackinton pipe organ in Benson Great Hall on the campus of Bethel University in Arden Hills, MN. Free.

6PM – the Skål Chamber Collective, with organist Joseph Trucano and conductor Sam Kjellberg presents a program including his Coffee Cantata (BWV 211) in concert at Salty Tart (289 5th Street East) in downtown Saint Paul, MN. Admission.

March 26, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Dorothy Young Riess (from Las Vegas, Nevada) 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.

March 27, Wednesday:

12:15PM – guest soloist Ruth Benning plays the first in a series of Lenten Concerts featuring the Casavant pipe organ at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 Third Street SW) in Rochester, MN. Free/donation.

12:15PM – soloists Marissa Faerber, Rachael Kresha and Karen Sande play a noontime concert on the Jaeckel pipe organs at 1st Lutheran Church (1100 East Superior Street) in Duluth, MN. Free/donation. Sponsored by the Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

12:15PM – soloists Ginny Ahrlin and Kristen Weikum (with trumpeter Rolf Windstrand) play a noontime concert on the Jaeckel pipe organ at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church (1111 Eighth Street South) in Virginia, MN. Free/donation. Sponsored by the Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

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.

March 28, Thursday:

7:30PM – the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, in its last American tour with music director Stephen Cleobury prior to his retirement in September, performs at the Cathedral of Saint Paul (239 Selby Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN. Admission.

March 29, Friday:

7PM – the annual Bach Birthday Bash, sponsored by the South Dakota Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, features the John Nordlie tracker-action organ in the Augustana College Chapel (2001 South Summit Avenue) in Sioux Falls, SD.

March 31, Sunday:

7:30PM – native son Jacob Benda returns home to present a solo concert featuring David Bednal’s Marian Suite, A.G. Ritter’s Sonata No. 2, and “The Seven Last Words and Triumph of Christ” by Pamela Decker, played on the splendid K. C. Marrin mechanical-action instrument at St. Mary’s Cathedral (25 8th Avenue South) in Saint Cloud, MN. Free/donation.

April, 2019

April 1, Monday:

7:30PM – guest soloists Chuck Seipp (trumpet) and Randall Sheets (organ) present a concert featuring the newly installed Reuter instrument in the Performing Arts Center at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. Free.

April 2, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist David Briggs (from New York City) 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. SEE ALSO THIS EVENING, plus April 5 and 9…for totally different programs.

7:30PM – visiting artist David Briggs presents a spectacular solo-organ transcription of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, featuring the Skinner and Aeolian-Skinner pipe organs in the Cathedral of Saint Paul (239 Selby Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN. Free/donation.

April 3, Wednesday:

12:15PM – guest soloist John Varona plays the first in a series of Lenten Concerts featuring the Casavant pipe organ at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 Third Street SW) in Rochester, MN. Free/donation.

12:15PM – soloist Teresa Riffel plays a noontime concert on the new Sebastian Glück pipe organ at the Cathedral of Christ the King (1410 Baxter Avenue) in Superior, WI. Free/donation. Sponsored by the Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

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.

April 4, Thursday:

8PM – visiting artist David Briggs presents a workshop and master-class for students and auditors featuring the Holtkamp pipe organ at Boe Chapel on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. Free.

April 5, Friday:

7:30PM – visiting artist David Briggs plays the Holtkamp pipe organ in Boe Chapel on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. Free.

April 7, Sunday:

4PM – University of Minnesota faculty trumpeter David Baldwin and resident musician Aaron David Miller create a Trumpet Spectacular of music for organ and brass featuring the C. B. Fisk pipe organ at House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

6:15PM –guest conductor David Mennicke leads the Minnesota Compline Choir in performance of the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé, with organist Paul Stever, in the context of a contemplative Compline Service at Pilgrim Loutheran Church (1935 Saint Clair Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN. Free/donation.

April 8, Monday:

6PM – visiting artist David Briggs presents a master-class for students and curious auditors, co-sponsored by the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, featuring the Hilgreen-Lane/Hendrickson pipe organ in Christ Chapel on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN. Free.

April 9, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Bryan Dunnewald (from New York City) 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 artist David Briggs plays a solo concdert on the Hilgreen-Lane/Hendrickson pipe organ in Christ Chapel on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN. Free.

April 10, Wednesday:

12:15PM – guest soloist Lois Marsh plays the first in a series of Lenten Concerts featuring the Casavant pipe organ at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 Third Street SW) in Rochester, MN. Free/donation.

12:15PM – soloist Samuel Gray plays a noontime concert on the Reuter pipe organ at Pilgrim Lutheran Church (820 Belknap Avenue) in Superior, WI. Free/donation. Sponsored by the Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

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.

April 12, Friday:

7PM – former Cathedral organist Dr. Charles Echols accompanies a performance of Franz Liszt’s Via Crucis with the Cathedral Singers led by Eileen Farrell, featuring the K.C. Marrin pipe organ at the Cathedral of St. Mary (25 8th Avenue South) in Saint Cloud, MN.

April 13, Saturday:

2PM – continuing a sequence of monthly ‘Second Saturday’ performances, local soloists Tom Hamilton and Teresa Riffel 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. CANCELED

April 17, 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.

April 19, Friday:

7:30PM –Canon Musician Raymond Johnston leads a Good Friday performance of John Stainer’s The Crucifixion featuring the choir and organ of St. Mark’s Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

April 24, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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 17, Friday:

7PM – resident musician Jacob Benda accompanies a program of music for flute, soprano, organ and piano featuring the van Daalen mechanical-action pipe organ at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church (9900 Lyndale Avenue South) in Bloomington, MN. Free/donation.

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 – University of Minnesota organist Dean Billmeyer 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.

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 23, Saturday:

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.

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