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Twin cities Chapter, American Guild of Organists

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Organ Events Calendar

Upcoming organ events in and around Minnesota.

Last updated on December 1, 2017

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

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2017: December

2018: January | February | March | April | May

December, 2017

December 2, Friday

7:30PM – a concert of choral music for Advent and Christmas by the most prolific of composers, Antonio Vivaldi, featuring choir and orchestra led by Raymond Johnston at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

December 3, Sunday

3PM – Twin Cities musician and New Ulm native son Kraig Windschitl plays a concert on the new Nordlie pipe organ at Holy Trinity Cathedral (605 North State Street) in New Ulm, MN. Free.

3PM – local young musicians, a handbell choir, and resident organist David Tryggested invite the community to participate in a Friends of the Felgemaker Holiday Concert, featuring 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.

4PM – resident musician David Cherwien leads choir and congregation in a solemn procession of Lessons and Carols for Advent, featuring the Schlicker pipe organ at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (3045 Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation

5PM – a Service for Advent with Carols, led by resident organist/director Raymond Johnston and featuring the Foley-Baker pipe organ at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation..

6:30PM – former resident musician Lynn Trapp returns to accompany the Minnesota Chorale, led by Kathy Romey, in the annual 'Sing–Along Messiah' at St. Olaf Catholic Church (215 South 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN.  Bring your own score or borrow one.  Free/donation.

December 5, Tuesday:

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

December 6, Wednesday

12:15PM – continuing a series of noon Advent recitals, guest musician John Albright (Faith Lutheran, St. Paul) performs on the 2005 Casavant instrument at First Presybterian Church (503 West Sixth St, Red Wing). A light lunch is offered before the recital at 11:30am.

December 12, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Joanne Harris Rodland (Northfield, MN) 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.

December 13, Wednesday

12:15PM – continuing a series of noon Advent recitals, guest musician Lee Afdahl (First Presbyterian, Rochester) performs on the 2005 Casavant instrument at First Presybterian Church (503 West Sixth St, Red Wing). A light lunch is offered before the recital at 11:30am.

December 14, Thursday

12:30PM – in an ongoing series of Third Thursday concerts, resident artist Mary Newton (with soprano Julie Simonson) performs on the 19-rank Nordlie pipe organ at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church (15600 Old Rockford Road) in Plymouth, MN. Free.

December 17, Sunday

4PM – resident musician Gerit Lamain presents a concert (“Yuletide Echoes”) to benefit the local food shelf, featuring the organ at St. Stephen Lutheran Church (1575 Charlton Street) in West Saint Paul, MN. Free/donation.

4PM – a vespers program Blue Christmas, with organist Mark Fideldy at Getsemane Lutheran Church (715 Minnetonka Mills Road) in Hopkins, MN. Free/donation.

5PM – a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, led by resident organist/director Raymond Johnston and featuring the Foley-Baker pipe organ at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

4PM – a Festival of Lessons and Carols feature anthems and carols by Abbie Betinis, Richard Webster, Morten Lauridisen, Carolyn Jennings, Paul Manz, Stephen Paulus, Harold Dickinson, Anton Bruckner and Harold Darke plus the Artaria String Quartet will offer seasonal music, beginning 20 minutes before the festival, with Jayson Engquist leading and accompanying the choir of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church (60 Kent Street) in Saint Paul, MN. Free/donation.

December 19, Tuesday

7PM – Resident musican Jacob Benda conducts the Nativity of Mary Parish Choir and Instrumentalists in We Are Not Alone: A Christmas Concert featuring works by Elgar, Faure, Gjeilo, Rachmaninoff, Rutter and Vivaldi.

December 22, Sunday

7:30PM – a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, led by resident organist/director Raymond Johnston and featuring the Foley-Baker pipe organ at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

January, 2018

January 5, Friday:

7PM – the classical guitar ensemble Duo Miric and resident organist Jacob Benda present a program including works by Bach, Haydn, Andre Isoir and James Sclater (a premiere), featuring the van Daalen pipe organ at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church (9900 Luyndale Avenue South) in Bloomington, MN. Free/donation.

January 9, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Jacob Benda (Nativity RC 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.

January 11, Thursday:

12:30PM – in an ongoing series of Third Thursday concerts, guest artist Matt Tylutki (St. Olaf College, Northfield) performs on the 19-rank Nordlie pipe organ at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church (15600 Old Rockford Road) in Plymouth, MN. Free.

January 13, Saturday:

2PM – continuing a season of monthly 'Second Saturday' performances, local soloists Parker Hinnenkamp and Tom Hamilton 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.

January 14, Sunday:

3PM – guest soloist Fr. Garrett Ahlers plays the new Nordlie pipe organ at Holy Trinity Cathedral (605 North State Street) in New Ulm, MN. Free.

January 16, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Sharon Kleckner (St. Paul, MN) 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.

January 21, Sunday:

3PM – Twin Cities soloist Kraig Windschitl plays the inaugural concert on the new Rodgers Infinity 316 electronic organ at White Bear Lake United Methodist Church (1851 Birch Street) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

January 23, Tuesday:

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

January 27, Saturday:

9AM-noon – a workshop for church musicians, The Changing Landscape of Congregational Song, with speaker Paul Westermeyer (Luther Seminary, retired), at Pilgrim Lutheran Church (820 Belknap Street) in Superior, WI. Sponsored by the Arrowhead Chapter of the AGO. http://www.arrowheadago.org/

4PM – a vespers program of music From Bach to Bernstein, featuring the Hymnus Angelicus Women, at Getsemane Lutheran Church (715 Minnetonka Mills Road) in Hopkins, MN. Free/donation.

January 30, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Hans Uwe Hielscher (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.

February, 2018

February 3, Saturday:

10AM-NOON – a workshop with venerable American organist and teacher Wilma Jensen at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (901 ???) in Mahtomedi, MN.  Open to the public.

February 4, Sunday:

4PM – resident musician Tom Ferry plays a concert on the Casavant tracker-action organ at Como Park Lutheran Church (1376 Hoyt Avenue West) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

February 6, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Joel Anderson (St. Olaf 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.

February 8, Thursday:

12:30PM – in an ongoing series of Third Thursday concerts, guest artist Ben Kerswell (St. Olaf College, Northfield; TCAGO and Regional AGO Competition winner) performs on the 19-rank Nordlie pipe organ at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church (15600 Old Rockford Road) in Plymouth, MN. Free.

February 10, Saturday:

2PM – continuing a season of monthly 'Second Saturday' performances, local soloists Sam Black and David Tryggestad 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.

February 11, Sunday:

3PM – guest soloist Sean Connolly plays the new Nordlie pipe organ at Holy Trinity Cathedral (605 North State Street) in New Ulm, MN. Free.

4PM – visiting musician Phillip Radtke (Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church) plays a concert on the Casavant tracker-action organ at Como Park Lutheran Church (1376 Hoyt Avenue West) in Saint Paul, MN. Free..

February 18, Sunday:

4PM – 4PM – guest soloist David P. Jenkins (St. Paul Seminary/University of St. Thomas) plays a concert on the Casavant organ at Como Park Lutheran Church (1376 Hoyt Avenue West) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

4PM – resident musician David Cherwien leads choir and congregation in a contemplative service of Lessons and Carols for Lent, featuring the Schlicker pipe organ at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (3045 Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

February 20, 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.

February 21, Wednesday:

12:15PM – guest soloist Jeffrey Daehn presents a noontime concert on the Casavant pipe organ at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 3rd Street SW) in Rochester, MN. Free/donation.

February 24, Saturday:

9:30AM-3PM – the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists sponsors its annual Pipe Organ Discovery Day, inviting students of any age an opportunity to learn more about the pipe organ and expand their knowledge with 'hands on' experience. The day begins at with the 29-rank 2011 Hendrickson organ at Trinity Episcopal Church (322 Second Street) in Excelsior and after a free pizza lunch moves to the 26-rank 1993 Schantz organ Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior. Advance registrations required: www.tcago.org Free!

February 25, Sunday

4PM – visiting musician Gregory Peterson (Luther College, Decorah, IA) plays a concert on the Casavant tracker-action organ at Como Park Lutheran Church (1376 Hoyt Avenue West) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

4PM – a vespers program of Cantatas for Lent, featuring the Hymnus Angelicus Choir at Getsemane Lutheran Church (715 Minnetonka Mills Road) in Hopkins, MN. Free/donation.

February 27, Tuesday:

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

February 28, Wednesday

12:15PM – guest soloist Sebastian Modarelli presents a concert on the Casavant pipe organ at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 3rd Street SW) in Rochester, MN. Free/donation.

March, 2018

March 4, Sunday:

3PM – in conjunction with the Mississippi Valley Orchestra (featured in other works by Glinka and Tchaikovsky), soloist Dean Billmeyer (University of MN) will perform the Organ Symphony No. 1 by Alexandre Guilmant featuring the Blackinton pipe organ in Benson Great Hall of Bethel University (3900 Bethel Drive) in Arden Hills, MN. Free/donation.

March 6, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Thomas Hamilton (Saint Paul's Episcopal, Duluth; University of Wisconson-Superior) 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.

March 7, Wednesday

12:15PM – guest soloist Lois Marsh presents a concert on the Casavant pipe organ at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 3rd Street SW) in Rochester, MN. Free/donation.

March 8, Thursday

12:30PM – in an ongoing series of Third Thursday concerts, guest artist Geoff Olson (St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Saint Paul) performs on the 19-rank Nordlie pipe organ at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church (15600 Old Rockford Road) in Plymouth, MN. Free.

March 10, Saturday

2PM – continuing a season of monthly 'Second Saturday' performances, local soloists Rachel Kresha and Brian Kapp 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.

March 11, Sunday

2PM – an event in tribute to Mother Benedicta Riepp and the founding of St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph Minnesota in 1857, guest soloist Lola Wolf (former St. Joseph resident who began her musical training with the Sisters of Saint Benedict) will play a program including works by women composers Gracia Baptista (16th century Spanish sister), Caterina Assandra (16th century Benedictine sister), Fanny Hensel Mendelssohn, Fannie Charles Dillon, Jeanne Demessieux and Elfrida Andree, plus the Passacagila by Bach and a newly commissioned score (“Quia Ergo Femina”, inspired by Hildegard of Bingen) for organ and electronic sounds by Turkish composer Yigit Kolat, featuring the Noack mechanical-action pipe organ in the Sacred Heart Chapel of the St. Benedict Monastery in St. Joseph, MN. Free.

March 13, 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.

March 14, Wednesday

12:15PM – guest soloist Cheri Benson presents a concert on the Casavant pipe organ at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 3rd Street SW) in Rochester, MN. Free/donation.

March 17, Saturday

9AM-5PM – the annual Before Bach’s Birthday Bash sponsored by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists…details TBA.

March 18, Sunday

3PM – a Bach Birthday Bash concert featuring local soloists, plus voice and other instruments, sponsored by the Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists at 1st Lutheran Church (1100 East Superior Street) in Duluth, MN. Silent auction and donation to the scholarship fund.

3PM – a concert performances of John Stainer’s oratorio “The Crucifixion” featuring organist Scott Turkington and the Choir of the Church of the Holy Family (5900 West Lake Street) in Saint Louis Park, MN. Free/donation.

March 20, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Bryan Dunnewald (Curtis Institute, 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.

March 21, Wednesday

12:15PM – guest soloist Paul Kosower presents a concert on the Casavant pipe organ at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 3rd Street SW) in Rochester, MN. Free/donation.

March 25, Sunday

4PM – a vespers program, Voices of the Passion, featuring soloists with instruments at Getsemane Lutheran Church (715 Minnetonka Mills Road) in Hopkins, MN. Free/donation.

April, 2018

April 7, Sunday:

7PM – resident musician Mark Fideldy provides improvised accompaniment to the 1927 Cecil B. DeMille silent film “King of Kings” at Gethsemane Lutheran Church (715 Minnetonka Mills Road) in Hopkins, MN. Free/donation.

April 10, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloists (students of the University of Minnesota) 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.

April 12, Thursday:

12:30PM – in an ongoing series of Third Thursday concerts, guest artist Sharon Kleckner (Saint Paul) performs on the 19-rank Nordlie pipe organ at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church (15600 Old Rockford Road) in Plymouth, MN. Free.

April 14, Saturday:

9:30AM – a workshop/master class for organists led by visiting recitalist Vincent Warnier (St. Etienne du Mont, Paris) in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel of the University of St. Thomas (Cleveland Avenue at Ashland) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

2PM – continuing aseason of monthly 'Second Saturday' performances, local soloists Velda Bell and Karen Sande 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.

April 15, Sunday:

3PM – a guest recital by French organist Vincent Warnier (St. Etienne du Mont, Paris), playing the Gabriel Kney tracker–action organ in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel of the University of St. Thomas (Cleveland Avenue at Ashland) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

4PM – resident soloist Lee Afdahl presents the annual 'Lee and Friends' concert featuring the Casavant pipe organ at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 3rd Street SW) in Rochester, MN. Free/donation.

April 17, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Samuel Libra (DMA Candidate, University of Washington, Seattle) 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.

April 21, Saturday:

7:30PM – a guest recital by Tom Winpenny (St. Alban’s Cathedral, England) featuring the Foley-Baker pipe organ at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

April 24, Tuesday:

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

April 29, Sunday:

4PM – a vespers program, Music of Eastertide, featuring the Hymnus Angelicus Choir at Getsemane Lutheran Church (715 Minnetonka Mills Road) in Hopkins, MN. Free/donation.

May, 2018

May 1, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Nils Halker (St. Clement's Episcopal, 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.

May 4, Friday:

7:30PM – the annual Members Recital sponsored by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists…details TBA. www.tcago.org

May 8, Tuesday:

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

May 10, Thursday:

12:30PM – in an ongoing series of Third Thursday concerts, guest artist Jungjoo Park (Lake Harriet United Methodist Church, Minneapolis) performs on the 19-rank Nordlie pipe organ at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church (15600 Old Rockford Road) in Plymouth, MN. Free.

May 12, Saturday:

2PM – continuing a season of monthly 'Second Saturday' performances, guest soloist Nils Halker (St. Clement’s Episcopal, Saint Paul) 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 15, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Laura Edman (University of Wisconson-River Falls) 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.

May 20, Sunday:

4PM – a vespers program, Celtic Praise, at Getsemane Lutheran Church (715 Minnetonka Mills Road) in Hopkins, MN. Free/donation.

May 22, Tuesday:

12:35PM – guest soloist Randal Sheets (Arlington National Cemetary, Washington, DC) 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.

June, 2018

June 2, Saturday:

4PM – the 12th Annual Bach Tage features performances of Bach Cantatas No. 82 and No. 202, with soloists Andrew Kane and Heather Cogswell and the Bach Tage Orchestra led by David Cherwien, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (3045 Chicago Avenue S.) in Minneapolis, MN. Donation. For more information regarding the Bach Tage, click here.

June 3, Sunday:

4PM – a public Evening Prayer Service with Cantatas by Bach (BWV 161) and Hammerschmidt 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.

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