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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 August 24, 2016

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

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2016: August | September | October | November | December

2017: January | February | March | April | May | June

August, 2016

August 24, Wednesday:

12:15PM – resident organist Marilyn Schempp plays the fourth of five Summer Series concerts on the Schlicker/Hendrickson organ at Our Savior's Lutheran Church (909 West 33rd Street) in Sioux Falls, SD.

August 28, Sunday:

2PM - Andrew Galuska, concludes the series of summer Sunday organ recitals for The Basilica organ’s 65th Anniversary Concert Series. The recital is free and open to the public. Free-will donations will be gratefully received.

August 30, Tuesday:

12:15PM – Mark Rich plays a noontime summer series concert on the Moeller-Sipe-Wicks pipe organ at Christ United Methodist Church (400 5th Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN. Free.

August 31, Wednesday:

12:15PM – visiting soloist Chad Winderfeldt plays the last of five Summer Series concerts on the Schlicker/Hendrickson organ at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (909 West 33rd Street) in Sioux Falls, SD.

September, 2016

September 1, Thursday:

7PM – guest soloist Andrew Tessman plays works by Bach, Reger, Brahms, Saint-Saens, Rheinberger and Tessman on the magnificent Austin pipe organ at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church (5071 Eden Avenue) in Edina, MN.  Free.

September 4, Sunday:

3PM – guest soloist Matt Haider (from Edison Park Lutheran, Chicago) plays the Aeolian-Skinner/Schantz pipe organ in the splendid chapel of St. Mary’s Hospital (1200 2nd Street SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free.

September 12, Monday:

7:30PM – guest organist Andrew Tessman plays works by Bach, Boellmann, Mendelssohn and others on the Jaeckel pipe organ at Pilgrim Congregational Church (2310 East 4th Street) in Duluth, MN.  Donation.

September 13, Tuesday:

12:35PM –resident musician Brian Carson (St. Olaf College, Northfield) inaugurates another season of noontime concerts 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

September 16, Friday:

7:30PM – prize-winning young American organist Alcee Chriss III presents a feature recital on the Blackinton pipe organ in Benson Great Hall at Bethel University (3900 Bethel Drive) in Arden Hills, MN.  Free/donation.

September 17, Saturday:

8:30AM-Noon – an Autumn Tune-Up for organists, choir directors and accompanists, sponsored by the SE Minnesota Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, with brief workshops on children’s choirs, handbell techniques, repertoire, choir training, piano skills, and basic organ maintenance, held at Christ United Methodist Church (400 5th Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.

September 18, Sunday:

3PM – internationally acclaimed soloist Hector Olivera plays a free concert on the mighty 108-rank Casavant-Schantz pipe organ at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (900 Stillwater Road) in Mahtomedi, MN.

3PM – faculty brass and friends team up with organist Marilyn Schempp for a program of Organ and Brass featuring the J. F. Nordlie pipe organ in the Reconciliation Chapel on the campus of Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. Free

3PM – resident musician Raymond Johnston plays works by Reubke (Sonata on the 94th Psalm) and Demessieux (Te Deum) featuring the Foley-Baker pipe organ at the Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Mark (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

September 20, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Raymond Johnston (St. Mark’s Cathedral, 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

September 25, Sunday:

4PM – to begin the season, a Festival Evensong Service, featuring the Choir of Gustavus Adolphus College led by Brandon Dean, with organist Chad Winterfeldt, the event sponsored by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, featuring performance of a new Elegy by Brenda Portman (of Cincinnati, OH; winner of the TCAGO New Music Competition) and highlighting the Schantz pipe organ at House of Prayer Lutheran Church (7625 Chicago Avenue South) in Richfield, MN. The public is invited to the concert, which is free. A dinner for TCAGO members follows (reservations necessary).  http://www.tcago.org

September 27, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Katie Moss (DMA student, Indiana University) 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

October, 2016

October 2, Sunday:

4PM – guest recitalist John Schwandt (from the University of Oklahoma) plays a 50th anniversary concert (replicating the repertoire of Paul Manz’s dedicatory concert half-a-century ago, including works by Dufay, Cornet, Loeillet, Bach, Schmidt, Monnikendam, Manz and Peeters) on the 1966 Schlicker pipe organ at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (31st and Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free.

October 4, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Timothy Strand (Gloria Dei Lutheran, 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

October 7, Friday:

7:30PM – British organist Tom Bell plays the Schantz pipe organ in Christ Chapel at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN.

October 8, Saturday:

9AM-Noon – British organist Tom Bell presents an organist’s workshop on the Schantz pipe organ in Christ Chapel at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN.

October 9, Sunday:

3PM – prize-winning organist Dexter Kennedy plays the Gabriel Kney mechanical-action pipe organ in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel of the University of Saint Thomas (Cleveland at Ashland) in Saint Paul, MN.  Free.

3PM guest soloist Joby Bell (faculty, Appalachian State University, North Carolina) plays the Aeolian-Skinner/Schantz pipe organ in the splendid chapel of St. Mary’s Hospital (1200 2nd Street SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free.

October 11, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Hans Uwe Hielscher (Market Church, Wiesbaden, Germany) 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

October 15, Saturday:

8:30AM-5PM – an organ crawl of instruments in the northern Twin Cities area, beginning at the Benson Great Hall of Bethel University in Arden Hills (2003 Blackinton; III/67r), then at 10:30 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran in Shoreview (2004 Fisk tracker; II/26r), followed by three additional venues…TBA. Open to all. Stay in our caravan from the beginning or join us enroute. More information at www.tcago.org

October 16, Sunday:

4PM visiting recitalist Adam Brakel plays his Minnesota debut concert on the Casavant pipe  organ at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 Third Street SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free.  www.fpcrochester.org

October 18, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Melanie Ohnstad (Westminster Presbyterian, 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

7:30PM – faculty soloist Stephen Self presents his annual autumn recital (always with interesting and unusual repertoire) featuring the 67-rank Blackinton pipe organ in Benson Great Hall on the campus of Bethel University in Arden Hills/St. Paul, MN.

October 22, Saturday:

7:30PM – faculty organist David P. Jenkins plays a program on the elegant Noack tracker-action pipe organ in the St. Mary’s Chapel of the Saint Paul Seminary (2115 Summit Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.  Free.

October 23, Sunday:

3PM – the Encore Wind Ensemble, led by Jerry Luckhardt, celebrates its 20th anniversary with a concert of works by Strauss, Bach, Dukas, Grainger, and Respighi (in this last, featuring the 1927 Casavant-2001 Schantz pipe organ, played by Bill Chouinard) at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (900 Stillwater Road) in Mahtomedi, MN.

October 25, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Joanne Harris Rodland (emeritus, West Side Presbyterian, Ridgewood, 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

October 28/29, Friday/Saturday:

 – a weekend conference devoted to the life and work of Paul Manz in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Schlicker pipe organ (built to Manz’s design) at Mount Oliver Lutheran Church (31st and Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.

5:36PM Friday a Memorial Evening Prayer, commencing on the exact date and hour or the death of Paul Manz)
8PM Friday a Hymn Festival with the National Lutheran Choir and David Cherwien, organist
9AM-4PM Saturday a Church Music Workshop, with presenters Paul Westermeyer, Daniel Schwandt, Lynn Dobson, Barry Bobb, David Cherwien, Victor Gebauer, and Susan Cherwien.
4:30PM Saturday a Festival Evening Prayer, with the Mount Olive Cantorei

October 29, Saturday:

7:30PM – theatre organist Dennis James presents a Hallowe’en treat and accompanies the 1920  John Barrymore silent film feature “Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde” featuring the Wurlitzer organ at the Phipps Center for the Arts (109 Locust Street) in Hudson, WI.  Admission.  www.thephipps.org

October 30, Sunday:

6PM – the 12th annual Tricks and Treats with the Mighty Organ concert presented by resident organist Bill Chouinard on the 108-rank 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 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. More information is available at www.saintandrews.org or by calling 651-426-3261.

November, 2016

November 4, Friday:

7PM – the premiere showing of a new film (“Awakening the Dream”) celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Glatter-Götz/Rosales pipe organ and documenting the process of involved in the creation of this new instrument at Augustana Lutheran Church (4100 Robert Street South) in West Saint Paul, MN. Resident musician Kristine Langlois will showcase the organ. Free.

November 6, Sunday:

3:30PM – faculty organist Kristina Langlois, with colleagues and friends, celebrates the refurbishment of the 43-rank 1974 Schlicker tracker-action pipe organ in the Concordia College’s Buetow Auditorium in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

4PM – guest soloist Aaron David Miller plays a concert on the Rieger-Kloss/Wicks pipe organ at the Church of St. John the Evangelist (11 Fourth Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free.

November 8, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist David Lim (MA student, University of Iowa) 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

November 11/12, Friday/Saturday:

8PM – guest organist Tom Trenny collaborates with conductor Kathy Romey and the local vocal ensemble Singers In Accord in a pair of evening concerts featuring organ solos and choral performances of the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé and the Missa Brevis by Yves Castenet, featuring the Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at the Catholic Church of St. Olaf (215 South 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Admission. www.singersinaccord.org

November 12, Saturday:

8:30AM-NOON – Mr. Trenny presents a master-class (repertoire) and workshop (improvisation) for organists, also at St. Olaf Church (see above).

November 15, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Paul Barte (Ohio University, Athens, OH) 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

November 18, Friday/Saturday:

7PM – guest recitalist Stephen Hamilton presents a concert in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the 33-rank van Daalen tracker-action organ at Nativity of Mary Roman Catholic Church (9900 Lyndale Avenue South) in Bloomington, MN. Free.

November 29, 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

December, 2016

December 6, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Mark Rodriguez (Immaculate Heart of Mary, Minnetonka) 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

December 13, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Jacob Benda (Nativity of Mary Church, Bloomington) 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

January, 2017

January 10, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist James Bobb (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

January 17, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist David Jenkins (University of St. Thomas, 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

January 24, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Dean Billmeyer (University of Minnesota, 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

January 31, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Christopher Stroh (St. Mary’s Basilica, 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

February, 2017

February 7, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist David Saunders (Christ the King Catholic Church, Toledo, OH) 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 14, Tuesday:

12:35PM – visiting soloist James Hicks (recording artist, Bernardsville, NJ) plays a program of Scandinavian music on the Casavant pipe organ at the Church of St. Louis, King of  France (506 Cedar Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.

February 16, Thursday:

8:15PM visiting soloist James Hicks plays a program of music by Scandinavian composers on the Holtkamp pipe organ in Boe Chapel on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.  Free.

February 21, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Christopher Wallace (Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Edina) 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, 2017

March 5, Sunday:

2PM – award-winning theatre organist Richard Hills presents a program of hits from the Great American Songbook, plus some British light orchestral classics, featuring the Wurlitzer organ at the Phipps Center for the Arts (109 Locust Street) in Hudson, WI.  Admission.  www.thephipps.org

March 7, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Joseph Trucano (Pipedreams, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Shoreview) 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 12, Sunday:

4PM resident musician Lee Afdahl and Friends presents a concert featuring the Casavant pipe organ at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 Third Street SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free.  www.fpcrochester.org

March 14, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Isaac Drewes (student, 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 21, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Christopher Ganza (Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church, 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

March 28, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Bryan Dunnewald (student, Curtis Institute; organ scholar, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Philadelphia) 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, 2017

April 4, 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

April 23, Sunday:

3PM guest recitalist Vincent Dubois (from Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris) plays the Gabriel Kney tracker-action organ in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel on the campus of the University of Saint Thomas (Cleveland at Ashland) in Saint Paul, MN.  Free.

April 25, Tuesday:

12:35PM –organ students from St. Olaf College, Northfield play 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, 2017

May 2, Tuesday:

12:35PM –guest soloist Gregory Peterson (Luther College, Decorah, IA) 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 9, Tuesday:

12:35PM –guest soloist Federico Andreoni (St. John the Evangelist Church, Montreal) 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 16, Tuesday:

12:35PM –guest soloist Jessica Park (DMA student, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ) 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 23, Tuesday:

12:35PM –guest soloist Gail Archer (organist at Barnard and Vassar Colleges, NY) plays the season’s final 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, 2017

June 10 Saturday:

7:30PM – theatre organist Dave Wickerham presents a ‘summer sizzler’ program of light-music favorites featuring the Wurlitzer organ at the Phipps Center for the Arts (109 Locust Street) in Hudson, WI. Admission. www.thephipps.org