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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 February 16, 2018

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

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2018: February | March | April | May

February, 2018

February 18, Sunday:

3PM – in a program also including the Minnesota premiere of “The Age of American Passions” by Stephen Paulus, organist Kraig Windschitl plays the Hendrickson organ in the “Organ” Symphony (No. 3) by Saint-Saens, as Cary John Franklin conducts the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis at Wayzata Community Church (125 Wayzata Boulevard East) in Wayzata, MN. Free. http://www.civicorchestrampls.org

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.

12:15PM – resident musician Thomas Hamilton plays a noonday concert on the Möller pipe organ at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (1710 East Superior Street) in Duluth, MN. Sponsored by the Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free/donation to benefit the AGO Scholarship Fund. http://arrowheadago.org/

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 (301 Country Road 19) 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.

4PM – a Festival of Hymns, led by organist David Cherwien, takes place at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection (3115 Victoria Street North) in Roseville, MN. Free/donation, public welcome.

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.

12:15PM – resident musician Rachel Kresha plays a noonday concert on the Jaeckel pipe organ at Pilgrim Congregational UCC Church (2310 East Fourth Street) in Duluth, MN. Sponsored by the Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free/donation to benefit the AGO Scholarship Fund. http://arrowheadago.org/

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.

12:15PM – soloist Karen Hanson Sande plays a noonday concert on the Jaeckel pipe organ at 1st Lutheran Church (1100 East Superior Street) in Duluth, MN. Sponsored by the Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free/donation to benefit the AGO Scholarship Fund. http://arrowheadago.org/

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

2:30PM – 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.

7:30PM – resident organist Chad Winterfeldt presents a concert featuring music by female composers, including Jeanne Demessieux, Pamela Decker, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Rachel Laurin, Gwyneth Walker and others, featuring the Hillgreen-Lane pipe organ in Christ Chapel on the Gustavus Adolphus campus in Saint Peter. The program includes music. 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.

12:15PM – soloist Parker Hinnenkamp plays a noonday concert on the Jaeckel pipe organ at 1st United Methodist Church Chapel (230 E. Skyline Parkway) in Duluth, MN. Sponsored by the Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free/donation to benefit the AGO Scholarship Fund. http://arrowheadago.org/

March 17, Saturday

9AM-5PM – 9AM-5PM – the annual Before Bach’s Birthday Bash sponsored by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists…five free hour-long performances at five different venues in Saint Paul, MN. 9-10AM at Olivet Congregational Church (1859 Igelhart Avenue); 10:30-11:30AM at St. Mark Catholic Church (1976 Dayton Avenue); 1-2PM at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church (901 Portland Avenue, at Milton); 2:30-3:30PM at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ (900 Summit Avenue); and 4-5PM at House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Avenue).

March 18, Sunday

2PM – the 1877 Johnson & Son pipe organ, the largest 19th-century pipe organ in Minnesota, will be featured in a concert of works by Vierne, Bonnet, Griet, Jongen and others played by Ryan Mueller in the Chapel of Our Lady of Good Counsel (Good Counsel Hill) in Mankato, MN. Free/donation.

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.

12:15PM – soloist David Tryggestad plays a noonday concert on the Robert Sipe pipe organ at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary (2801 E. Fourth Street) in Duluth, MN. Sponsored by the Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free/donation to benefit the AGO Scholarship Fund. http://arrowheadago.org/

March 23, Friday

7PM –resident organist Jacob Benda, with choir and other instruments, presents a Lenten concert that includes Franz Liszt’s Via Crucis (choir and organ), Faure’s Elegy (cello & piano) and Ola Gjeilo’s Luminous Night of the Soul (choir, piano, string quartet) at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church (9900 Lyndale Avenue South) in Minneapolis. 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.

March 28, Wednesday

12:15PM – soloist Samuel Black plays a noonday concert on the historic Kimball pipe organ at the Duluth Masonic Center (4. West Second Street) in Duluth, MN. Sponsored by the Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free/donation to benefit the AGO Scholarship Fund. http://arrowheadago.org/

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.

6:30PM – John Setterlund and Paul Westermeyer, Chaplain and Dean of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, will lead six Tuesday night sessions devoted to Bach cantatas, April 10 through May 15, 6:30-8:30 at The Lutheran Church of the Resurrection (3115 Victoria Street North) in Roseville, MN. Specific cantatas, Bach’s life, faith, theology, the worship of the church where he worked, and Bach today will be discussed. Bach’s Cantata 100 will be part of the Word portion of the 9:00 A. M. Eucharist, just as in Bach’s Leipzig, on Sunday, May 13, at The Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. All are welcome. There is a one-time $20.00 registration fee which covers all six sessions. Register in the church office with Rachel Wright at rwright@lcrelca.org or 651-484-1292.

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 22, Sunday:

7:30PM – resident organist Sarah Carlson and the Bemidji Brass Ensemble present a concert featuring the new Casavant pipe organ at 1st Lutheran Church (900 Bemidji Avenue North) in Bemidji, 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 6, Sunday:

3PM – resident musician Sarah Carlson performs for a blessing of the special Native American Flute rank on the new Casavant organ, featuring keynote speaker Professor Anton Treuer, head of the Native American Center at Bemidji State University at 1st Lutheran Church (900 Bemidji Avenue North) in Bemidji, MN.

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 13, Sunday:

9AM – a full performance of Bach’s Cantata 100, with soloist, chorus and orchestra, will be part of the morning service, just as in Bach’s Leipzig, at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection (3115 Victoria Street North) in Roseville, MN. All are welcome.

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 15-26:

If you’re not seeing Michael Barone at some of these regional organ events, it may be because he’s leading the 2018 Pipedreams Tour in Belgium…with visits to Liege, Brussels, Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp and many other towns along the way, with instruments of many sizes and styles covering more than five centuries of the organ builder’s art. If you happen upon this posting sufficiently in advance, there might be room for you on the tour. Find more information at www.pipedreams.org/tour. Do join us!

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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