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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 July 22, 2016

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

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2016: July | August | September | October | November | December

2017: January | February | March | April | May | June

July, 2016

July 24, Sunday:

4PM – guest artist (from Denver, CO) Carolyn Bolden plays a program on the carillon at House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Avenye) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

July 26, Tuesday:

12:10PM – guest musician Kraig Windschitl plays a summer noontime concert at 31-rank Holtkamp organ in Mankato, MN. Donation.

12:15PM – Andrew Galuska plays a noontime summer series concert on the Moeller-Sipe-Wicks pipe organ at Christ United Methodist Church (400 5th Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN. Free.

July 27, Wednesday:

Noon – a free noontime variety concert by Rachel Kresha featuring the Wicks organ at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church (2328 East 7th Avenue) in Hibbing, MN. Donation.

Noon – a free, summer noon-time concert by Gayle Mortenson on the electronic organ at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (6311 Mildred Road) in Baxter, MN.

12:15PM – guest soloist Kraig Windschitl (from Mount Olivet Lutheran, Minneapolis) plays a solo concert on the 55-rank Holtkamp organ in the Music & Drama Center Auditorium (110 Winona Street) on the campus of Carleton College in Northfield, MN. Free.

12:15PM - resident musician Diana Lee Lucker plays a summer noontime concert that features the 71-rank Hendrickson organ at Wayzata Community Church. Free.

7PM – guest organists Mary Zelinski, Emily Solomon, Phillip Radtke, and James Renfer (all students from the University of Michigan) share a concert of works by Bach, Frescobaldi, Froberger, Böhm, Muffat, Franck, Messiaen, Locklair, Vierne and Stanford, featuring the 52-rank Casavant pipe organ at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church (1900 Wellesley Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

July 28, Thursday:

12:10PM – in the new West-Metro Summer Organ Series with rotating venues, Joseph Trucano plays  the 32-rank Reuter pipe organ at Gethsemane Lutheran Church (715 Minnetonka Mills Road) in Hopkins, MN.  Free.

July 31, Sunday:

2PM - Catherine Rodland, acclaimed concert organist and member of the Saint Olaf College organ faculty, continues The Basilica’s series of summer Sunday organ recitals celebrating the 65th Anniversary of the organ’s dedication. The recital is free and open to the public. Free-will donations will be gratefully received.

4PM – guest artist (from Chicago, IL) Jim Fackenthal plays a program on the carillon at House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Avenye) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

August, 2016

August 2, Tuesday:

12:10PM – guest musician Wayne Wagner plays a summer noontime concert that features the 31-rank Holtkamp organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (720 South 2nd Street) in Mankato, MN. Donation.

12:15PM Lee Afdahl plays a noontime summer series concert on the Moeller-Sipe-Wicks pipe organ at Christ United Methodist Church (400 5th Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN. Free.

7PM – soprano Elena Stabile, accompanied by organist Christopher Ganza, presents a concert featuring the Wicks-Patterson organ at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (1 Lourdes Place) in Minneapolis, MN.  Donation.  www.ourladyoflourdesmn.com

August 3, Wednesday:

Noon – a free noontime variety concert by Lanae Ronchetti featuring the Van Daalen tracker organ at Saint James Episcopal Church (2028 East 7th Avenue) in Hibbing, MN. You can lunch (Dutch-treat) with the artist afterwards, and donations are accepted for the Trox Hamilton Memorial Organ Scholarship.

Noon – a free, summer noon-time concer by Patricia Lundeen on the 1964 Holtkamp organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (418 8th Avenue NE) in Brainerd, MN.

12:15PM – guest soloist Stephen May (from Our Merciful Savior Cathedral, Faribault) plays Rheinberger’s Sonata No. 5 on the 48-rank Steere/Moeller organ at Skinner Chapel (405 First Street East) in Northfield, MN. Free.

12:15PM – local organist Jon Mattheis plays the first of five Summer Series concerts on the Schlicker/Hendrickson organ at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (327 South Dakota Avenue) in Sioux Falls, SD.

August 4, Thursday:

12:10PM – in the new West-Metro Summer Organ Series with rotating venues, Jack Swanson leads a hymn-sing featuring the 81-rank Schlicker-Dobson pipe organ at Normandale Lutheran Church (6100 Normandale  Road) in Edina, MN.  Free.

August 7, Sunday:

3PM – regional soloist Kanen Hanson Sande (from 1st Lutheran, Duluth) plays the Aeolian-Skinner/Schantz pipe organ in the splendid chapel of St. Mary’s Hospital (1200 2nd Street SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free.

4PM – guest artist (from Denver, CO) Carol Jickling Lens plays a program on the carillon at House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Avenye) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

August 9, Tuesday:

12:10PM – resident musician Christine Schultz plays a summer noontime concert that features the 31-rank Holtkamp organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (720 South 2nd Street) in Mankato, MN. Donation.

12:15PM – Christopher Stroh plays a noontime summer series concert on the Moeller-Sipe-Wicks pipe organ at Christ United Methodist Church (400 5th Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN. Free.

August 10, Wednesday:

Noon – in the final program of this summer season, Jason Barnham plays the Barton-Berschdorf organ at historic Hibbing High School Auditorium (800 East 21st Street) in Hibbing, MN. Donation.

Noon – a free, summer noon-time concert by Laura Raedeke on the Allen electronic organ at Lutheran Church of the Cross (6064 County Road 13) in Nisswa, MN.

12:15PM – student recitalist David Lim (from Gustavus Adolphus College) plays works by Bruhns, Bach and Liszt during the final Northfield Summer Series concert on the 26-rank Dobson organ at St. John’s Lutheran Church (500 Third Street West) in Northfield, MN. Free.

12:15PM – local organist Dave Knips plays the second of five Summer Series concerts on the Schlicker/Hendrickson organ at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (327 S. Dakota Avenue) in Sioux Falls, SD.

August 11, Thursday:

12:10PM – in the new West-Metro Summer Organ Series with rotating venues, James Hild plays  the 22-rank Schantz pipe organ at All Saints Lutheran Church (15915 Excelsior Boulevard) in Minnetonka, MN.  Free.

August 14, Sunday:

2PM - David Davis, saxophone, joins Basilica organist Chris Stroh in a series of summer Sunday organ recitals that are part of The Basilica organ’s 65th Anniversary Concert Series. The program draws inspiration from French roots and eclectic modern sources to celebrate Basilica Day. Highlights will include The Dances of Our Lady , a two-movement work for organ and saxophone by Minneapolis composer Monte Mason as well as a combination of French-sourced works for organ spanning Dupré and Duruflé to Oliver Latry. The recital is free and open to the public. Free-will donations will be gratefully received.

4PM – resident musician Dave Johnson plays a program on the carillon at House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Avenye) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

August 16, Tuesday:

12:15PM – Matthew Lehman plays a noontime summer series concert on the Moeller-Sipe-Wicks pipe organ at Christ United Methodist Church (400 5th Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN. Free. Matthew Lehman plays a noontime summer series concert on the Moeller-Sipe-Wicks pipe organ at Christ United Methodist Church (400 5th Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN. Free.

August 17, Wednesday:

Noon – the series final free summer noon-time concert, featuring Cori Wrobel on the 1964 Holtkamp organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (418 8th Avenue NE) in Brainerd, MN.

12:15PM – local organist Zachary Rygiel plays the third of five Summer Series concerts on the Schlicker/Hendrickson organ at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (327 S. Dakota) in Sioux Falls, SD.

August 18, Thursday:

12:10PM – the final program in the new West-Metro Summer Organ Series, with rotating venues, beginning with a performance by various artists on the 36-rank van Daalen tracker-action pipe organ (celebrating its 40th anniversary) at Zion Lutheran Church (241 5th Avenue North) in Hopkins, MN.  Free.

August 23, Tuesday:

12:15PM – Ceri Benson plays a noontime summer series concert on the Moeller-Sipe-Wicks pipe organ at Christ United Methodist Church (400 5th Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN. Free.

August 24, Wednesday:

12:15PM – resident organist Marilyn Schempp plays the fourth of five Summer Series concerts on the Schlicker/Hendrickson organ at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (327 S. Dakota) in Sioux Falls, SD.

August 28, Sunday:

2PM - Andrew Galuska, concludes the series of summer Sunday organ recitals for The Basilica organ’s 65th Anniversary Concert Series. The recital is free and open to the public. Free-will donations will be gratefully received.

August 30, Tuesday:

12:15PM – Mark Rich plays a noontime summer series concert on the Moeller-Sipe-Wicks pipe organ at Christ United Methodist Church (400 5th Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN. Free.

August 31, Wednesday:

12:15PM – visiting soloist Chad Winderfeldt plays the last of five Summer Series concerts on the Schlicker/Hendrickson organ at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (327 S. Dakota) in Sioux Falls, SD.

September, 2016

September 1, Thursday:

7PM – guest soloist Andrew Tessman plays works by Bach, Reger, Brahms, Saint-Saens, Rheinberger and Tessman on the magnificent Austin pipe organ at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church (5071 Eden Avenue) in Edina, MN.  Free.

September 4, Sunday:

3PM – guest soloist Matt Haider (from Edison Park Lutheran, Chicago) plays the Aeolian-Skinner/Schantz pipe organ in the splendid chapel of St. Mary’s Hospital (1200 2nd Street SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free.

September 12, Monday:

7PM – guest organist Andrew Tessman plays works by Bach, Boellmann, Mendelssohn and others on the Jaeckel pipe organ at Pilgrim Congregational Church (2310 East 4th Street) in Duluth, MN.  Donation.

September 16, Friday:

7:30PM – prize-winning young American organist Alcee Chriss III presents a feature recital on the Blackinton pipe organ in Benson Great Hall at Bethel University (3900 Bethel Drive) in Arden Hills, MN.  Free/donation.

September 18, Sunday:

3PM – internationally acclaimed soloist Hector Olivera plays a free concert on the mighty 108-rank Casavant-Schantz pipe organ at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (900 Stillwater Road) in Mahtomedi, MN.

3PM – faculty brass and friends team up with organist Marilyn Schempp for a program of Organ and Brass featuring the J. F. Nordlie pipe organ in the Reconciliation Chapel on the campus of Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. Free

September 25, Sunday:

4PM – to begin the season, a Festival Evensong Service, featuring the Choir of Gustavus Adolphus College, sponsored by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and highlighting the Schantz pipe organ at House of Prayer Lutheran Church (7625 Chicago Avenue South) in Richfield, MN.  The public is invited.  Free.  A dinner for TCAGO members follows (reservations necessary).  http://www.tcago.org

October, 2016

October 2, Sunday:

4PM – guest recitalist John Schwandt (from the University of Oklahoma) plays a 50th anniversary concert (replicating the repertoire of Paul Manz’s dedicatory concert half-a-century ago, including works by Dufay, Cornet, Loeillet, Bach, Schmidt, Monnikendam, Manz and Peeters) on the 1966 Schlicker pipe organ at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (31st and Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free.

October 7, Friday:

7:30PM – British organist Tom Bell plays the Schantz pipe organ in Christ Chapel at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN.

October 8, Saturday:

9AM-Noon – British organist Tom Bell presents an organist’s workshop on the Schantz pipe organ in Christ Chapel at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN.

October 9, Sunday:

3PM – prize-winning organist Dexter Kennedy plays the Gabriel Kney mechanical-action pipe organ in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel of the University of Saint Thomas (Cleveland at Ashland) in Saint Paul, MN.  Free.

3PM guest soloist Joby Bell (faculty, Appalachian State University, North Carolina) plays the Aeolian-Skinner/Schantz pipe organ in the splendid chapel of St. Mary’s Hospital (1200 2nd Street SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free.

October 15, Saturday:

8:30AM-5PM – an organ crawl of instruments in the northern Twin Cities area, beginning at the Benson Great Hall of Bethel University in Arden Hills (2003 Blackinton; III/67r), then at 10:30 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran in Shoreview (2004 Fisk tracker; II/26r), followed by three additional venues…TBA. Open to all. Stay in our caravan from the beginning or join us enroute. More information at www.tcago.org

October 16, Sunday:

4PM visiting recitalist Adam Brakel plays his Minnesota debut concert on the Casavant pipe  organ at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 Third Street SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free.  www.fpcrochester.org

October 18, Tuesday:

7:30PM – faculty soloist Stephen Self presents his annual autumn recital (always with interesting and unusual repertoire) featuring the 67-rank Blackinton pipe organ in Benson Great Hall on the campus of Bethel University in Arden Hills/St. Paul, MN.

October 22, Saturday:

7:30PM – faculty organist David P. Jenkins plays a program on the elegant Noack tracker-action pipe organ in the St. Mary’s Chapel of the Saint Paul Seminary (2115 Summit Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.  Free.

October 28/29, Friday/Saturday:

 – a weekend conference devoted to the life and work of Paul Manz in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Schlicker pipe organ (built to Manz’s design) at Mount Oliver Lutheran Church (31st and Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.

5:36PM Friday a Memorial Evening Prayer, commencing on the exact date and hour or the death of Paul Manz)
8PM Friday a Hymn Festival with the National Lutheran Choir and David Cherwien, organist
9AM-4PM Saturday a Church Music Workshop, with presenters Paul Westermeyer, Daniel Schwandt, Lynn Dobson, Barry Bobb, David Cherwien, Victor Gebauer, and Susan Cherwien.
4:30PM Saturday a Festival Evening Prayer, with the Mount Olive Cantorei

October 29, Saturday:

7:30PM – theatre organist Dennis James presents a Hallowe’en treat and accompanies the 1920  John Barrymore silent film feature “Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde” featuring the Wurlitzer organ at the Phipps Center for the Arts (109 Locust Street) in Hudson, WI.  Admission.  www.thephipps.org

October 30, Sunday:

6PM – the 12th annual Tricks and Treats with the Mighty Organ concert presented by resident organist Bill Chouinard on the 108-rank Casavant/Schantz pipe organ in the Sanctuary of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church (900 Stillwater Road) in Mahtomedi, MN. The performance, replete with special lighting and video effects, is designed with young listeners in mind, and children are invited to come in costume and join in the parade around the room. Refreshments and treats for kids of all ages will be served after the program, and an offering will be received. Come early for Papa Murphy's pizza sold by the slice in the Youth and Sports Center from 4:30-6:00 p.m. More information is available at www.saintandrews.org or by calling 651-426-3261.

November, 2016

November 6, Sunday:

3:30PM – faculty organist Kristina Langlois, with colleagues and friends, celebrates the refurbishment of the 43-rank 1974 Schlicker tracker-action pipe organ in the Concordia College’s Buetow Auditorium in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

4PM – guest soloist Aaron David Miller plays a concert on the Rieger-Kloss/Wicks pipe organ at the Church of St. John the Evangelist (11 Fourth Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free. 

November 11/12, Friday/Saturday:

8PM – guest organist Tom Trenny collaborates with conductor Kathy Romey and the local vocal ensemble Singers In Accord in a pair of evening concerts at the Catholic Church of St. Olaf (215 South 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. On Saturday (8:30-noon), a master-class (repertoire) and workshop (improvisation) for organists, also at St. Olaf Churchwww.singersinaccord.org

November 13, Sunday:

3PMlocal soloist Scott Schilbe (from Christ Lutheran, Rochester) plays the Aeolian-Skinner/Schantz pipe organ in the splendid chapel of St. Mary’s Hospital (1200 2nd Street SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free.

February, 2017

February 14, Tuesday

12:35PM – visiting soloist James Hicks plays a program of Scandinavian music on the Casavant pipe organ at the Church of St. Louis, King of  France (506 Cedar Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.

February 16, Thursday:

7PM visiting soloist James Hicks plays a program of music by Scandinavian composers on the Holtkamp pipe organ in Boe Chapel on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.  Free.

March, 2017

March 5, Sunday:

2PM – award-winning theatre organist Richard Hills presents a program of hits from the Great American Songbook, plus some British light orchestral classics, featuring the Wurlitzer organ at the Phipps Center for the Arts (109 Locust Street) in Hudson, WI.  Admission.  www.thephipps.org

March 12, Sunday:

4PM resident musician Lee Afdahl and Friends presents a concert featuring the Casavant pipe organ at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 Third Street SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free.  www.fpcrochester.org

April, 2017

April 23, Sunday:

3PM guest recitalist Vincent Dubois (from Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris) 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.

June, 2017

June 10 Saturday:

7:30PM – theatre organist Dave Wickerham presents a ‘summer sizzler’ program of light-music favorites featuring the Wurlitzer organ at the Phipps Center for the Arts (109 Locust Street) in Hudson, WI. Admission. www.thephipps.org