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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
Twin cities Chapter, American Guild of Organists

Pipedreams Regional
Organ Events Calendar

Upcoming organ events in and around Minnesota.

Last updated on August 27, 2015

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

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2015: August

August, 2015

August 30, Sunday:

4PM – featured organist Brett Nolte plays an all-French program devoted to three major works by Maurice Duruflé (the Prelude, Adagio and Chorale Varistions; the Prelude & Fugue on ALAIN; and the Opus 5 Suite) on the Schantz pipe organ in the Chapel of the Christ on the campus of Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN.  Free.

September, 2015

September 6, Sunday:

3PM – visiting artist John Keyes (University of Nottingham, England)  plays a free afternoon concert on the newly-restored Aeolian-Skinner/Schantz pipe organ in the chapel of St. Mary’s Hospital (1216 2nd Street SW) in Rochester, MN.

September 10, Thursday:

7:30PM –resident Organ Scholar Samuel Backman plays a concert featuring the recently-expanded Aeolian-Skinner instrument at the Cathedral of Saint Paul (239 Selby Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.

September 13, Sunday:

4PM – visiting British organist John Keys presents a free concert on the Robert Sipe tracker-action organ in the Center for Faith and Live on the campus of Luther College in Decorah, IA.

September 17, Thursday:

 10AM – a Coffee Concert, “A Video Visit to the Netherlands” presented by resident organist Gerrit Lamain at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church (1575 Charlton Street) in West Saint Paul, MN.  These programs are followed by coffee and ‘Dutch treats’ (you are invited to bring some ‘goodies’ to share, too).

September 18, Friday:

6:30PM – tentative the prize-winning young American recitalist Alcee Chriss III presents a free public concert on the Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Catholic Church (215 South 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN.  The event will be followed by a special dinner for members of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (reservations are required for the dinner, http://www.tcago.org).

September 20, Sunday:

3PM –in a program featuring 20 Fingers and 4 Feet, soloists Carolyn Diamond and Diana Lee Lucker present a concert of organ duos, piano duos, and music for organ, piano and harmonium, featuring the Hendrickson pipe organ at Wayzata Community Church (125 Wayzata Boulevard East) in Wayzata, MN.  Donation.

September 27, Sunday:

4PM –Minneapolis soloist Stephen Hamilton plays the newly revised Möller-Sipe-Wicks pipe organ at Christ United Methodist Church (400 5th Street SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free admission.

October, 2015

October 8, Thursday:

10AM – a Coffee Concert, “Music at Saint Stephen’s, a closer look at the Johannes organ”, presented by resident organist Gerrit Lamain at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church (1575 Charlton Street) in West Saint Paul, MN.  These programs are followed by coffee and ‘Dutch treats’ (you are invited to bring some ‘goodies’ to share, too).

October 11, Sunday:

10:45AM – in celebration of her 20 years of music ministry in Wayzata, resident organist Diana Lee Lucker premieres a new score for organ, choir and orchestra dedicated to her and composed by Tom Paulson, during morning worship, featuring the 70-rank Hendrickson pipe organ at Wayzata Community Church (125 Wayzata Boulevard East) in Wayzata, MN.

4PM – a program of “Favorite Hymns”, presented by resident organist Gerrit Lamain and friends at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church (1575 Charlton Street) in West Saint Paul, MN.

October 15, Thursday:

8PM – a celebration of the 65th anniversary of the inauguration of the Wicks pipe organ, recreating the inaugural concert played by Mario Salvador, featuring present and previous resident musicians Christopher Stroh, Kim Kasling, and Robert Vickery, at the Basilica of St. Mary (88 North 17th Street) in Minneapolis, MN.

October 16, Friday:

7:30PM – a guest recital by visiting artists from Finland, baritone Jukka Pietilä and organist Kalevi Kiviniemi, featuring the Hillgreen-Lane/Hendrickson pipe organ in Christ Chapel on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN. Admission. gustavustickets.com (see also 10/18 and 10/22 listings)

October 17, Saturday:

2PM –guest soloist John Lauter (Fox Theatre, Detroit) plays the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ at the Phipps Center for the Arts (109 Locust Street) in Hudson, WI. Admission. http://thephipps.org/

October 18, Sunday:

4PM – a guest recital by visiting artists from Finland, baritone Jukka Pietilä and organist Kalevi Kiviniemi, featuring the 108-rank Casavant pipe organ at Central Lutheran Church (333 South 12th Street) in Minneapolis, MN. Donation.

October 20, Tuesday:

7PM – a guest recital by visiting artists from Finland, baritone Jukka Pietilä and organist Kalevi Kiviniemi, featuring the 73-rank Jaeckel pipe organ at 1st Lutheran Church (1100 East Superior Street) in Duluth, MN. Donation.

October 23, Friday:

7:30PM – prize-winning American recitalist Jonathan Ryan plays a concert on the Möeller pipe organ at St. Paul–Reformation Lutheran Church (100 North Oxford Street) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

October 24, Saturday:

9:00AM–4:30PM – first, a morning open-to-the-public “organ crawl” of instruments in the Summit Hill neighborhood of Saint Paul (MN), visiting the 1926 Casavant at St. Thomas More Catholic Church (Summit Avenue at Lexington); the 1946 Wicks organ at Unity Baptist Church (118 Victoria Street North); and the 1961 Aeolian-Skinner organ at St. Clement Episcopal Church (901 Portland Avenue)
, followed by an afternoon demonstrations of the newly expanded Wicks-Hunt pipe organ (now with multiple Hauptwerk digital tonal options) at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ (900 Summit Avenue).

October 30, Friday:

7PM – the brilliant young American virtuoso Nathan Laube plays the Blackinton pipe organ in Benson Great Hall on the campus of Bethel University in Arden Hills (Saint Paul), MN. Free.

November, 2015

November 8, Sunday:

2PM a concert featuring the three Chorals by Cesar Franck (his last compositions!), played by Kraig Windschitl, Jeffrey Patry and Christopher Stroh on the Wicks pipe organ in the Basilica of Saint Mary (88 North 17th Street) in Minneapolis, MN.

November 14, Saturday:

9AM-noon a master-class/workshop for organists and organ-music lovers featuring soloist-composer Balint Karosi (1st Lutheran Church, Boston) in the chapel of the Saint Paul Seminary (2260 Summit Avenue) sponsored by the Twin Cities Chamber of the American Guild of Organists. (See also 11/15)

November 15, Sunday:

2PM – guest artist and composer Balint Karosi 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.

November 22, Sunday:

3PM – with the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra led by Marlene Pauley, soloist Diana Lee Lucker plays the Grand Concerto for Organ and Orchestra (No. 3) by Stephen Paulus featuring the Hendrickson organ at Wayzata Community Church (125 Wayzata Boulevard East) in Wayzata, MN. http://thewso.org/

November 28, Saturday:

7:30PM – internationally renowned virtuoso Hector Olivera plays the newly repaired and expanded Möller-Sipe-Wicks pipe organ at Christ United Methodist Church (400 5th Street SW) in Rochester, MN. Free admission.

December, 2015

December 6, Sunday:

3PM – a community Christmas Concert featuring harp, hand-bells, string quartet, and members and friends of the Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists featuring the historic 1898 Felgemaker pipe organ at the Sacred Heart Music Center (201 West 4th Street) in Duluth, MN. Donation. http://arrowheadago.org/

December 12, Saturday:

2PM – guest soloist Ken Double (President, American Theatre Organ Society) plays holiday tunes and accompanies the silent film “A Christmas Carol” on the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ at the Phipps Center for the Arts (109 Locust Street) in Hudson, WI. Admission. http://thephipps.org/

January, 2016

January 9 or 16: TENTATIVE

9AM-noon a multi-tiered seminar with presentations on the Organ Music of the Czech Republic (Sister Anita Smisek), a History of Church Music (Paul Westermeyer), and the Mid-20th-Century Organ Reform Movement in Central Minnesota (Kim Kasling) in the UBS Forum of Minnesota Public Radio (480 Sibley Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN, co-sponsored by TCAGO and PIPEDREAMS.

January 24, Sunday:

4PM – the Bakken Trio includes the rarely heard Trio, Opus 19 (for piano, violin and cello) by the famed organ composer Charles-Marie Widor as part of their concert at the MacPhail Center for the Music (501 South 2nd Street) in Minneapolis, MN. Admission.

February, 2016

February 1-7:

TBA – a celebration of the music of French composer/organist Charles-Marie Widor, featuring commentary by Widor’s biographer John Near. Co-sponsored by TCAGO and PIPEDREAMS.

February 7, Sunday:

3PM – soloist Diana Lee Lucker plays the rarely heard Symphony No. 3 for Organ and Orchestra, Op. 69 by Charles-Marie Widor with the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis led by Cary John Franklin featuring the 70-rank Hendrickson pipe organ at Wayzata Community Church (125 Wayzata Boulevard East) in Wayzata, MN. Free.

February 19, Friday:

7:30PM – guest organist John West (from Los Angeles) plays a solo concert on the Glatter-Götz/Rosales pipe organ at Augustana Lutheran Church (4100 Robert Street South) in West Saint Paul, MN. Free.

February 27, Saturday:

9:30AM-3:30PM the annual Pipe Organ Discovery Day, sponsored by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, a superb opportunity for young students with some keyboard experience and an interest in learning more about the pipe organ, with a ‘hands on’ opportunity, featuring the new Nordlie pipe organ at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church (3930 Rahn Road) in Eagan, MN. A free pizza-lunch is included, but pre-registration is required. Information online at www.tcago.org or email PhilAsgian@gmail.com

March, 2016

March 19, Saturday:

Morning & Afternoon a Before Bach’s Birthday Bash, five hour-long concert celebrating the 331st Anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach (b. 6/21/1685), as well as honoring the birthday of Bach fanatic Max Reger, who died one hundred years ago (b. 3/19/1873 – d. 5/11/1916). Details TBA.

April, 2016

April 3, Sunday:

2PM – guest soloist Clive Driskill-Smith plays the Gabriel Kney tracker-action organ in the splendid acoustics of the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel on the campus of the University of St. Thomas (Cleveland at Ashland) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

April 9, Saturday:

9:30AM-Noon a public workshop/master-class with visiting recitalist Ken Cowan, featuring the 50-year-old Phelps-Casavant pipe organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (4100 Lyndale Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Free. (See also April 10, 4PM)

1PM guest soloist Steven Betancourt (Loyola University, Chicago) plays a free concert on the Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church (215 South 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN.

April 10, Sunday:

4PM guest recitalist Ken Cowan (one of America’s foremost organ virtuosos) celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Phelps-Casavant pipe organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (4100 Lyndale Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.

April 15, Friday:

7:30PM – in celebration of 65 years of service of the resident pipe organ, and in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the death of the composer, the complete choral works of Maurice Duruflé (Requiem; Cum jubilo Mass; Motets, etc.) will be presented by the 150-voice choirs of the University of Northern Iowa, led by Professors John Wiles and Amy Katsonis, with accompaniment by organists Randall Harlow and Mariko Morita, featuring the 84-rank 1949 Wicks organ at the Basilica of Saint Mary (1600 Hennepin Avenue) in Minneapolis, MN. Free.

April 16, Saturday:

9AM to 5PM come to hear young players participate in the Regional Competition for Young Organists, sponsored by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, featuring the Casavant pipe organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (4100 Nicollet Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.

May, 2016

TENTATIVE May 6, Friday:

7:30PM a Reger Festival Concert, celebrating the monumental work of German composer Max Reger (1873-1916) on the 100th anniversary of his death (May 11, 1916), featuring solo organ works, transcriptions, songs and choral selections, featuring the 70-rank Hendrickson pipe organ at at Waysata Community Church (125 Wayzata Boulevard E.) in Wayzata, MN. Co-sponsored by TCAGO and PIPEDREAMS.

7:30PM a program of music for trumpet and organ by “Deux Voix” (trumpeter Justin Langham and organist Stephen Distad) featuring the Möller pipe organ at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (1710 E. Superior Street) in Duluth, MN. Sponsored by the Arrowhead Chapter of the AGO. http://arrowheadago.org/

May 15, Sunday:

4PM soloist Kathrine Handford presents Alexandre Guilmant’s Symphony No. 2 for Organ and Orchestra, Opus 91 with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra led by William Scrickel, featuring the 1927 Casavant-2001 Schantz organ at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (900 Stillwater Rod) in Mahtomedi, MN.

June, 2016

June 5, Sunday:

2PM – guest soloist Dennis James (Fox Theatre, Detroit) plays the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ in accompaniment to the feature-length silent film “Peter Pan” at the Phipps Center for the Arts (109 Locust Street) in Hudson, WI. Admission. http://thephipps.org/