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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 2, 2020.

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

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2020: April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

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, 2020

April 4, Saturday:

8PM – CANCELLED Mary Joe Gothmann plays the organ part in Felix Mendelssohn’s Lobegesang as part of an all-Mendelssohn program presented by Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence in Benson Great Hall on the campus of Bethel University in Arden Hills, MN. Admission.

April 8, Wednesday:

12:45PM – CANCELLED resident musician Michael Olsen and Friends present free 30-minute noontime concerts on the 48-rank Austin pipe organ at 1st Lutheran Church (619 Broadway) in Fargo, ND. Free, through May 27.

April 10, Friday:

7:30PM – CANCELLEDa program of music for Good Friday, including Le Reniement de St. Peter by Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Franz Liszt’s Via Crucis, with the Cathedral Singers and organ led by Raymond Johnston, featuring the Foley-Baker pipe organ at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

April 15, Wednesday:

12:45PM – CANCELLED resident musician Michael Olsen and Friends present free 30-minute noontime concerts on the 48-rank Austin pipe organ at 1st Lutheran Church (619 Broadway) in Fargo, ND. Free, through May 27.

April 18, Saturday:

3PM – CANCELLED as part of a weekend of celebrations highlighting the work of organ builder Fritz Noack, soloist Lola Wolf and others will feature the 33-rank mechanical-action instrument Noack built in 1986 for the Sisters of Saint Benedict’s Sacred Heart Chapel in St. Joseph, Minnesota. Free/donation (see also April 19).

4PM – RESCHEDULED FOR Nov. 14 organist Bill Chouinard accompanies the 80-voice Two Rivers Chorale led by Timothy Sawyer in a pair of concerts devoted to grand anthems and motets from England, including works by Bainton, Bairstow, Dove, Elgar, Gardiner, Handel, Howells, Parry, Stanford, Stopford, Vaughan Williams, and Wood, this weekend, today at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (900 Stillwater Road) in Mahtomedi, MN. Free/donation. See also 4/19.

April 19, Sunday:

4PM – CANCELLED to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the inauguration of the 27-rank mechanical-action pipe organ by Fritz Noack, a Solemn Vespers service featuring a Magnificat setting by Kevin Vogt will be presented in the St. Mary Chapel of the Saint Paul Seminary (2260 Summit Avenue) in St. Paul, MN. Organ builder Fritz Noack will attend. Free.

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

4PM – RESCHEDULED FOR Nov. 15 organist Bill Chouinard accompanies the the 80-voice Two Rivers Chorale led by Timothy Sawyer in a concert devoted to grand anthems and motets from England, including works by Bainton, Bairstow, Dove, Elgar, Gardiner, Handel, Howells, Parry, Stanford, Stopford, Vaughan Williams, and Wood, this weekend, today at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church (17205 County Road 6) in Plymouth, MN.

April 21, Tuesday:

12:35PM – CANCELLED guest soloist Elaine Mann (Grace Lutheran Church, Eau Claire) 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 – CANCELLED faculty soloist Dean Billmeyer presents a program featuring the 108-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at Northrop (84 Church Street SE) on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus in Minneapolis, MN. Admission.

7:30PM – CANCELLED organist Stephen Hamilton accompanies a performance of the Duruflé Requiem with the Southwest Minnesota State University Chorale led by Stephen Kingsbury at 1st Lutheran Church (100 Church Street) in Marshall, MN.  Free.

April 22, Wednesday:

12:45PM – CANCELLED resident musician Michael Olsen and Friends present free 30-minute noontime concerts on the 48-rank Austin pipe organ at 1st Lutheran Church (619 Broadway) in Fargo, ND. Free, through May 27.

April 24, Friday:

7:30PM – CANCELLED guest French organists Oliver Vernet and Cédric Meckler present a program of organ duets on the 108-rank 1927 Casavant-2001 Schantz pipe organ at St. Andrew’s Luthern Church (900 Stillwater Road) in Mahtomedi, MN. Free/donation.

April 25, Saturday:

2:30PM – CANCELLED participants in the SDAGO Organ Academy present a concert on the 21-stop Nordlie pipe organ at Hope Lutheran Church (1700 South Cliff Avenue) in Sioux Falls, SD. Free.

April 26, Sunday:

3PM – CANCELLED the inaugural event celebrating the expansion by Martin Pasi of the celebrated pipe organ by Walter Holtkamp, Sr. at St. John’s Benedicting Abbey Church in Collegeville, MN.

April 28, Tuesday:

12:35PM – CANCELLED guest soloist Jeffrey Patry (1st Lutheran Church, Columbia Heights) 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.

April 29, Wednesday:

12:45PM – CANCELLED resident musician Michael Olsen and Friends present free 30-minute noontime concerts on the 48-rank Austin pipe organ at 1st Lutheran Church (619 Broadway) in Fargo, ND. Free, through May 27.

May, 2020

May 1, Friday:

7:30PM – guest soloist Jacob Benda plays solo selections and accompanies the Great River Chorale (led by Mary Kay Geston) and choirs from the College of Saint Benedict and St. John’s University (led by André Heywood), featuring music by Jonathan Dove, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Eriks Esenvalds, Will Todd and Craig Phillips, and using the Schlicker pipe organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (4310 County Road 137) in Saint Cloud, MN.

May 3, Sunday:

2PM – guest soloist Jacob Benda plays solo selections and accompanies the Great River Chorale (led by Mary Kay Geston) and choirs from the College of Saint Benedict and St. John’s University (led by André Heywood), featuring music by Jonathan Dove, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Eriks Esenvalds, Will Todd and Pamela Decker, and using the Noack pipe organ in the Sacred Heart Chapel of St. Benedict’s Monastery in Saint Joseph, MN.

4PM – guest soloist Paul Jacobs (Juilliard School) plays a concert on the Casavant organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (4100 Lyndale Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation, plus reception.

May 5, Tuesday:

12:35PM – CANCELLED in advance of their spring tour in France, Students from St. Olaf College play the 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 6, Wednesday:

12:45PM – CANCELLED resident musician Michael Olsen and Friends present free 30-minute noontime concerts on the 48-rank Austin pipe organ at 1st Lutheran Church (619 Broadway) in Fargo, ND. Free, through May 27.

May 9, Saturday:

7:30PM – CANCELLED Edward Elgar’s grand oratorio The Dream of Gerontius, presented by soloists, choir and orchestra led by Raymond Johnston, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

May 10, Sunday:

4PM – CANCELLED talented young guest recitalist Clara Gerdes (assistant organist at St. Bartholomew’s Church, NYC) plays a concert of works by Franck, Wirod, Rachel Laurin, Messiaen, Bach, Reger, William Grant Still, and Balint Karosi on the new Dobson pipe organ at Christ Church Lutheran (3244 34th Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

May 12, Tuesday:

12:35PM – CANCELLED guest soloist Joby Bell (Appalachian State University, Boone, NC) 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 13, Wednesday:

12:45PM – CANCELLED resident musician Michael Olsen and Friends present free 30-minute noontime concerts on the 48-rank Austin pipe organ at 1st Lutheran Church (619 Broadway) in Fargo, ND. Free, through May 27.

May 15, Friday:

7:30PM – CANCELLED guest recitalist James D. Hicks continues his Nordic Journey theme with a solo concert on the Daniel Jaeckel organ at 1st Lutheran Church (1100 East Superior Street) in Duluth, MN. This is part of a three-day celebration. See also May 16 & 17.

May 16, Saturday:

10AM – CANCELLED a workshop/lecture-demonstration on Nordic Music presented by James D. Hicks, sponsored by the Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, at 1st Lutheran Church (1100 E. Superior Street) in Duluth, MN. Free to Arrowhead AGO members; admission.

May 17, Sunday:

10AM – CANCELLED concluding a festive weekend, a Celebration of Nordic Music, featuring organist James D. Hicks, pianist Asami Hagiwara, and folk musician Arna Rennan, featuring the 1898 Felgemaker organ at Sacred Heart Music Center (201 West 4th Street) in Duluth, MN. Admission.

May 19, Tuesday:

12:35PM – CANCELLED guest soloist Timothy Strand (Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, St. Paul) 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 20, Wednesday:

12:45PM – CANCELLED resident musician Michael Olsen and Friends present free 30-minute noontime concerts on the 48-rank Austin pipe organ at 1st Lutheran Church (619 Broadway) in Fargo, ND. Free, through May 27.

May 27, Wednesday:

12:45PM – CANCELLED resident musician Michael Olsen and Friends present the season’s final free 30-minute noontime concerts on the 48-rank Austin pipe organ at 1st Lutheran Church (619 Broadway) in Fargo, ND. Free.

June, 2020

June 6, Saturday:

4PM – resident musicians of the Bach Tage Orchestra and guest soloists present Bach’s Cantata No. 85 in concert at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (3045 Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.

June 7, Sunday:

4PM – resident musician David Cherwien accompanies and guest conductor Kathy Romey leads performances including Bach’s Cantata No. 78 in concert at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (3045 Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.

7:30PM – the annual Members Recital presented by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, featuring the 67-rank Blackinton pipe organ in Benson Great Hall on the campus of Bethel University in Arden Hills, MN. Details TBA. Free/donation.

June 13, Saturday:

7:30PM – guest soloist Justin LaVoie plays everything from classics to jazz on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ at the Phipps Center for the Arts (109 Locust Street) in Hudson, WI. Admission.

June 28, Sunday:

3PM – guest soloist Stephen Schnurr (St. Paul RC Church, Valparaiso) plays a solo concert on the 54-rank Noack pipe organ in the splendid chapel of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (5250 Justin Road) just outside La Crosse, WI. Free/donation. Enjoy brunch beforehand in the Culina Marianna Café in the Visitor’s Center.

July, 2020

July 19, Sunday:

3PM – guest soloist James Brian Smith (Chicago) plays a solo concert on the 54-rank Noack pipe organ in the splendid chapel of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (5250 Justin Road) just outside La Crosse, WI. Free/donation. Enjoy brunch beforehand in the Culina Marianna Café in the Visitor’s Center.

August, 2020

August 8, Sunday:

3PM – guest soloist Stephen C. Price (Ball State University, Muncie, IN) plays a solo concert on the 54-rank Noack pipe organ in the splendid chapel of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (5250 Justin Road) just outside La Crosse, WI. Free/donation. Enjoy brunch beforehand in the Culina Marianna Café in the Visitor’s Center.

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