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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 December 10, 2019.

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

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2019: December

2020: January | February | March | 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.

December, 2019

December 11, Wednesday:

Noon – enjoy a midday concert of Holiday Favorites featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ at the Fargo Theatre (314 Broadway North) in downtown Fargo, ND. Free, but please bring a non-perishable food item for the local food-pantry. See also December 12 and 18-19-20.

12:15PM – guest organist Bill Wilson plays a concert on the 23-rank Casavant instrument at 1st Presbyterian Church (503 West Sixth Street) in Red Wing, MN. Free/donation. Lunch will be available at 11:30AM.

December 12, Saturday:

Noon – enjoy a midday concert of Holiday Favorites featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ at the Fargo Theatre (314 Broadway North) in downtown Fargo, ND. Free, but please bring a non-perishable food item for the local food-pantry. See also December 18-19-20.

December 14, Saturday:

8PM – conductor David Donelson leads the 100-voice Wooddale Choir and Orchestra in the annual Christmas at Wooddale celebration (“It is well with my soul”) with special guests Jeremiah and Vanessa Gamble, soloists Jerry Steel, Enso Daiko, Japanese drumming artists, Jolene Konkel’s Concerto Dance, and organist Bruce Stavem and the Visser-Rowland tracker-action pipe organ at the Wooddale Church (6630 Shady Oak Road) in Eden Prairie, MN. Admission (information on the website or 952-944-6300. See also December 15.

December 15, Sunday:

2:30PM – resident Canon Musician Raymond Johnston reprises his popular performance of Olivier Messiaen’s suite for Christmas, La Nativité du Seigneur, on the Foley-Baker pipe organ at the Cathedral of Saint Mark (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

2:30PM & 5PM – conductor David Donelson leads the 100-voice Wooddale Choir and Orchestra in the annual Christmas at Wooddale celebration (“It is well with my soul”) with special guests Jeremiah and Vanessa Gamble, soloists Jerry Steel, Enso Daiko, Japanese drumming artists, Jolene Konkel’s Concerto Dance, and organist Bruce Stavem and the Visser-Rowland tracker-action pipe organ at the Wooddale Church (6630 Shady Oak Road) in Eden Prairie, MN. Admission (information on the website or 952-944-6300. See also December 14.

December 17, Tuesday:

12:15PM – resident soloist John Varona plays a noontime Advent Series concert on the 64-rank pipe organ at Christ United Methodist Church (400 Fifth Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN. Free/donation.

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

December 18, Wednesday:

Noon – enjoy a midday concert of Holiday Favorites featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ at the Fargo Theatre (314 Broadway North) in downtown Fargo, ND. Free, but please bring a non-perishable food item for the local food-pantry. See also December 19-20.

12:15PM – guest organist Sara Sorenson plays a concert on the 23-rank Casavant instrument at 1st Presbyterian Church (503 West Sixth Street) in Red Wing, MN. Free/donation. Lunch will be available at 11:30AM.

December 19, Thursday:

Noon – enjoy a midday concert of Holiday Favorites featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ at the Fargo Theatre (314 Broadway North) in downtown Fargo, ND. Free, but please bring a non-perishable food item for the local food-pantry. See also December 20.

7:30PM – the next event of the Soiree Musicale Concert Series, The Light Shines in the Darkness, directed by Jacob Benda, will feature music for choir, string quartet, piano and organ including works by Elgar, Gjeilo, Phillips, Tavener, Vivaldi, and more, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (1 Lourdes Place) in Minneapolis, MN. Admission is free with a reception afterwards.

December 20, Friday:

Noon – enjoy a midday concert of Holiday Favorites featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ at the Fargo Theatre (314 Broadway North) in downtown Fargo, ND. Free, but please bring a non-perishable food item for the local food-pantry.

7:30PM – A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, with choir and organ led by Raymond Johnston, featuring the Foley-Baker pipe organ at the Cathedral Choir led by Raymond Johnston, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation. See also Sunday.

December 22, Sunday:

4PM – resident musician Mark Fideldy presents a program of Christmas music on the 32-rank Reuter organ as part of the Vespers Service at Gethsemane Lutheran Church (715 Minnetonka Mills Road), Hopkins, MN. Free/donation.

5PM – A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, with choir and organ led by Raymond Johnston, featuring the Foley-Baker pipe organ at the Cathedral Choir led by Raymond Johnston, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation. See also Sunday.

5:30PM – an Advent Organ Recital and Meditation, featuring works by Bach, Reger, Flor Peeters, Alain Brahms, Andrew Carter and Gerard Bunk, presented by resident musician Samuel Backman on the 34-rank Hinners-Orvold pipe organ at Holy Cross Catholic Church (1621 University Avenue NE) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

January, 2020

January 7, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist David Jenkins (St. Paul Seminary) 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.

January 11, Saturday:

7PM – a program of British Music for Choir and Organ featuring baritone Justin Staebeil, a PopUp Choir led by Ahmed Anzaldua, and organist Noah Horn, featuring the Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Catholic Church (215 South 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Admission.

January 12, Sunday:

4:30PM – resident musician Catherine Rodland performs the Fifth Organ Symphony by Louis Vierne in concert on the Holtkamp organ in Boe Chapel on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. Free.

January 14, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Dean Billmeyer (University of MN School of Music) 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.

6:30PM – the first in a series of six weekly two-hour seminars on The Instrumental Music of Johann Sebastian Bach, presented by John Setterlund and Paul Westermeyer at Como Park Lutheran Church (1376 Hoyt Avenue West) in Saint Paul, MN. There is a $20 fee for the series. Street parking or in lot one block east at Hamline Avenue.

January 21, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Michael Ging (New Hope Lutheran Church, Missouri, City TX) 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.

January 26, Sunday:

4PM – guest soloist Kirk Michael Rich (All Saints Episcopal, Atlanta) plays a solo concert on the Skinner/Schantz organ at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist (60 Kent Street) in Saint Paul, MN. Free/donation.

January 28, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Cristiano Rizzotto (Good Shepherd RC Church, Golden Valley) 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.

February, 2020

February 4, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Christopher Ganza (Cathedral of 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.

February 7, Friday:

7:30PM – guest soloist Eric Plutz (Princeton University Organists) plays a program in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Notre Dame Cathedral organist Louis Vierne (1870-1937), including three of the Vierne symphonies and featuring the 82-rank Wicks “Centennial” Organ at the Basilica of Saint Mary (1600 Hennepin Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Sponsored by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free/donation.

February 8, Saturday:

9AM-noon – a workshop on the music of Louis Vierne, presented by Norwegian organ professor Jon Laukvik. Location TBA.

7:30PM – resident musicians David Jenkins, organ and harpsichord, and Chris Kachian, guitar, present a chamber music program involving the Noack mechanical-action instrument in the St. Mary Chapel of the St. Paul Seminary (2260 Summit Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

7:30PM – special guest recitalist Jan Kraybill plays a concert on the Rieger-Kloss/Wicks organs of the Co-Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist (11 Fourth Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.

February 11, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Andrew Scanlon (East Carolina University, Greenville, 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.

February 15, Saturday:

7PM – guest soloist Tyler Boehmer plays a solo concert on the 54-rank Schlicker-Hendrickson organ at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church (909 W. 33rd Street) in Sioux Falls, SD.

February 16, Sunday:

2:30PM – guest organist Scott Turkington plays a solo concert on the Foley-Baker pipe organ at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

February 18, Tuesday:

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

February 23, Sunday:

8:30 & 9:45 AM – guest organist Michael Burkhardt plays the Glatter-Götz/Rosales pipe organ whilc leading a Hymn Festival during morning worship services at Augustana Lutneran Church (1400 South Robert Street) in West Saint Paul, MN.

4PM – resident musician Aaron David Miller, with harpist Rachel Brandwein, presents a 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.

March, 2020

March 1, Sunday:

4PM – resident musician David Cherwien leads a Lent Procession Service with the Mount Olive Cantorei and featuring the Schlicker organ at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (3045 Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.

March 3, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Aaron David Miller (House of Hope Presbyterian, 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.

March 6, Friday:

7:00PM – guest soloist Jacob Benda presents Pamela Decker’s “The Seven Last Words and Triumph of Christ” an other works in concert on the historic 1877 Johnson & Son pipe organ in the chapel of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (170 Good Counsel Drive) in Mankato, MN.

March 8, Sunday:

2:30PM – guest organist from England David Goodenough plays a solo concert, inclouding the Sonata Eroica by Jongen, on the Foley-Baker pipe organ at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

March 10, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Isaac Drewes (St. James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago) 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 15, Sunday:

4PM – guest soloist (McGill University in Montreal) Hans-Ola Ericcson will play a concert on the Noack mechanical-action pipe organ in the St. Mary Chapel of the Saint Paul Seminary (2260 Summit Avenue) in St. Paul, MN. Free.

March 17, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Bryan Dunnewald (Mannes School of Music, Manhattan) 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 21, Saturday:

9AM-5PM – the annual Bach’s Birthday Bash happens this year to fall on the actual birthday! Come and celebrate. Details TBA.

March 22, Sunday:

2PM – guest soloist Dave Wickerham plays timeless hits from the 1940s to the ‘60s and beyond, featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer organ at the Phipps Center for the Arts (109 Locust Street) in Hudson, WI. Admission.

March 24, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Michal Szostak (Warsaw, Poland) 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, Friday:

9AM-5PM – the annual Young Artists Competition sponsored by the Twin Cities Chaper of the American Guild of Organists, featuring the Schlicke pipe organ at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (3045 Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Free.

7PM – the annual Bach Birthday Bash, with the AU Chorale and performers from the South Dakota Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, featuresd the 33-stop Nordlie pipe organ in the chapel at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD.

March 27/28, Friday/Saturday:

8PM – guest soloist Cameron Carpenter appears with the Minnesota Orchestra in performances of the Symphony Concertante for Organ and Orchestra by Joseph Jongen, featuring the 108-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ recently reinstated in Northrop’s main auditorium (84 Church Street SE) on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus in Minneapolis, MN. Admission.

March 31, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Dorothy Young Riess (Las Vegas, NM) 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, 2020

April 10, Friday:

7:30PM – a 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 18, Saturday:

3PM – 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).

April 19, Sunday:

4PM – 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.

April 21, Tuesday:

12:35PM – 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 – 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.

April 24, Friday:

7:30PM – guest French organists Oliver Vernet and Céedic 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 – 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 – 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 – 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.

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 – guest soloist Sharon Kleckner (St. Paul, MN) 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 9, Saturday:

7:30PM – 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 – talented young guest recitalist Clara Gerdes (assistant organist at St. Bartholomew’s Church, NYC) plays a concert on the new Dobson pipe organ at Christ Church Lutheran (3244 34th Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

May 12, Tuesday:

12:35PM – 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 19, Tuesday:

12:35PM – 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.

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.

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