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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 August 16, 2018

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

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2018: August | September | October | November | December

2019: January | February | March | April | May | June | July

August, 2018

August 18, Saturday:

4 PM – soloist John Mulyck (St. martin’s Lutheran Church, Winona) plays the summer series concluding hour-long concert on the 41-rank Casavant organ at 1st Congregational Church (161 West Broadway) in Winona, MN. Free/donation.

August 29, Wednesday:

Noon – resident musician Sarah Carlson, joined by the Turtle Island Ensemble, plays a noontime concert on the new Casavant pipe organ at 1st Lutheran Church (900 Bemidji Avenue North) in Bemidji, MN. Free.

September, 2018

September 23, Sunday:

3 PM – in conjunction with the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Minnesota Public Radio salutes Michael Barone on the 50th anniversary of his employment by MPR and the 35th anniversary of his nationally-syndicated PIPEDREAMS broadcast. Join us at the Wooddale Church (6630 Shady Oak Road) in Eden Prairie for a special public reception (beginning at 2PM) and performance event (3PM, with additional reception following) on the 114-rank Visser-Rowland organ, the largest pipe organ in Minnesota. Guest soloists include Raymond Johnston, Kathrine Handford, Jessica Park, Robert Vickery, Jacob Benda, David Cherwien, Melanie Ohnstad, Catherine Rodland and Michael Unger, as well as the Minnesota premiere of two new works by Henry Martin, part of a 24-work cycle commissioned by PIPEDREAMS. Free, all invited.

September 26, Wednesday:

12:30 PM – guest organist Tom Ferry plays a concert (following noon Mass) on the dramatic 61-stop Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church (215 south 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

September 29, Saturday:

8 PM – resident musician Christopher Stroh, with saxophonist David Davis, members of the Gregorian Singers, and the Basilica Chant Schola present a concert of Marian Music, including a premiere performance of the newly-expanded Dances of Our Lady by Monte Mason, plus other works by Willan, Dupré, Grigny, and Tournemire, featuring the 82-rank Wicks pipe organ at the Basilica of Saint Mary (1700 Hennepin Avenue) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation. Free parking.

September 30, Sunday:

2 PM – guest soloist Martin Jean (Yale University) will play a concert on the new 29-rank Dobson pipe organ in the Saarimen-designed Christ Church Lutheran (3244 34th Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Free + reception.

3 PM – resident musician Raymond Johnston plays his annual recital on the Foley-Baker organ at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

October, 2018

October 3, Wednesday:

12:30PM – guest organist Jill Nennman plays a concert (following noon Mass) on the dramatic 61-stop Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church (215 south 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

October 5, Friday:

7:00PM – visiting soloist Jean-Baptiste Robin (Versailles Chapel organist) plays a solo recital on the Holtkamp pipe organ in Boe Memorial Chapel on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. Free.

October 7, Sunday:

2:30PM – guest soloist Letizia Romiti (professor at the Vivaldi Conservatory in Allesandria, Italy) plays a concert on the Rieger-Kloss/Wicks organ at the Church of St. John the Evangelist (11 fourth Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN. Free/donation.

4PM – resident musician David Cherwien is joined by trumpeter Charles Lazarus for a program including works by Purcell, Handel, Bach, and Steve Heitzeg, featuring the Schlicker pipe organ at Mount Oliver Lutheran Church (31st and Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

October 10, Wednesday:

12:30PM – guest organist Jacob Benda plays a concert (following noon Mass) on the dramatic 61-stop Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church (215 south 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

October 12-13, Friday-Saturday:

8PM – Osmo Vänskä conducts the Minnesota Orchestra and guest soloist Paul Jacobs in the premiere of a new work for organ and orchestra by John Harbison (What Do We Make of Bach), inaugurating the reinstalled Aeolian-Skinner concert organ. The program also includes the well-known Symphony No. 3 (Organ), Op. 78 by Camille Saint-Saëns. Both performances at Northrop (84 Church Street SE) on the University of Minnesota's main east-bank campus in Minneapolis, MN. Admission.

October 13, Saturday:

10:30AM – as part of the inaugural weekend and in conjunction with the Minnesota Orchestra's concerts, an Intimate Introduction to the Northrop Organ that wil provide a special opportunity to additionally explore the sonic resources of Minnesota's newest old pipe organ, the University of Minnesota's 108-rank 1932-35 Aeolian-Skinner. Host Michael Barone, University of Minnesota Organ Professor Dean Billmeyer, and an able roster of local soloists will present solo repertoire chosen to reveal the extraordinary breadth and depth, the emotional expanse, and total personality of this marvelous music-making machine. At Northrop (84 Church Street SE) on the University's main campus in Minneapolis, MN. Free.

October 13, Saturday:

2-4PM – an Organist’s Open House with ‘open console’ available for qualified players and curious listeners to further introduce the recently reinstalled Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ to the community. Northrop (84 Church Street SE) on the University of Minnesota’s main campus in Minneapolis, MN. Free.

October 14, Sunday:

4PM – prize-winning soloist David Baskeyfield plays a solo concert on the Casavant pipe organ at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 Third Street SW) in Rochester, MN. Free/donation.

4PM – organist Bill Chouinard is featured in Strauss’s Festival Prelude to open a concert by the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (William Schrickel, conductor) utilizing the imposing Casavant-Schantz pipe organ at at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (900 Stillwater Road) in Mahtomedi, MN. Free/donation.

October 17, Wednesday:

12:30PM – guest organist Jennifer Anderson (with saxophonist Preston Duncan) plays a concert (following noon Mass) on the dramatic 61-stop Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church (215 South 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

October 20, Saturday:

7:30PM – guest soloist Dennis James accompanies the silent film feature “The Lost World” featuring the Wurlitzer pipe organ at the Phipps Center (109 Locust Street) in Hudson, WI. Admission.

October 21, Sunday:

4PM – guest soloist Donny Rankin accompanies a showing of the International Youth Silent Film Festival winners featuring the Wurlitzer organ at the Fitzgerald Theater (10 East Exchange Street) in Saint Paul, MN. Admission.

October 24, Wednesday:

12:30PM – guest organist Joel Anderson plays a concert (following noon Mass) on the dramatic 61-stop Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church (215 south 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

October 27, Sunday:

8PM – guest organist Johann Vexo (Notre Dame Cathedral choir organist, Paris) plays a solo concert on the Gabriel Kney tracker-action organ in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel of the University of St. Thomas (Cleveland at Ashland) in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

November, 2018

November 2, Friday:

7:30PM – resident musician Jacob Benda presents music for All Souls Day in concert at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church (9900 Lyndale Avenue South) in Bloomington, MN. Free/donation.

November 4, Sunday:

4PM – to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, music director Beverly Everett plays a solo concert featuring works by Bach, Widor, Durufle, William Bolcom, Henri Mulet, Hubert Parry, Davd Brubeck, and Leonard Bernstein on the new Casavant pipe organ at 1st Lutheran Church (900 Bemidji Avenue North) in Bemidji, MN. Free/donation.

November 7, Wednesday:

12:30PM – guest organist Kraig Windschitl plays a concert (following noon Mass) on the dramatic 61-stop Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church (215 south 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

November 10, Saturday:

7:30PM – in celebration of the 350th anniversary of birth of François Couperin, members of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and singers and instruments from the Consortium Carissimi led by Garrick Comeaux, in conjunction with the University of St. Thomas Music Department present a concert of Couperin’s vocal and keyboard music, including several motets and a complete performance of the Mass for Parish Use, with alternatum chant ‘in Parisian manner’. The University’s Gabriel Kney tracker-action pipe organ will be featured in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel (Cleveland at Ashland) on the University of St. Thomas campus in Saint Paul, MN. Free.

November 11, Sunday:

3PM – guest soloist Stephen Hamilton with trumpeter Charles Lazarus plays works by Handel, Mouret, Purcell, Hovhannes, Boellmann and others in concert featuring the recently improved 37-rank Möller pipe organ at Elim Lutheran Church (40th and Broadway) in Robbinsdale, MN. Free/donation.

4PM – a special Armistice Day Remembrance by the Oratorio Society of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Men’s and Women’s Choir, featuring The Great War Symphony by Patrick Hawes, and other choral-and-organ works of the period, highlighting the newly-reinstalled 108-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at Northrop Auditorium (84 Church Street SE) on the University of Minnesota’s main campus in Minneapolis, MN. Admission.

November 14, Wednesday:

12:30PM – guest organist Cristiano Rizzotto plays a concert (following noon Mass) on the dramatic 61-stop Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church (215 south 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

November 21, Wednesday:

12:30PM – guest organist Kathy Borgen plays a concert (following noon Mass) on the dramatic 61-stop Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church (215 south 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

November 28, Wednesday:

12:30PM – guest organist Jessica Park plays a concert (following noon Mass) on the dramatic 61-stop Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church (215 south 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

December, 2018

December 2, Sunday:

4PM – resident musician David Cherwien leads and accompanies an Advent Procession Service, featuring the Schlicker pipe organ at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (31st and Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

December 4, Tuesday:

7:30PM – the young American virtuoso Nathan Laube (Eastman School faculty) plays the first solo concert on the newly reinstalled Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at Northrop Auditorium (84 Church Street SE) on the University of Minnesota’s Main Campus in Minneapolis, MN. Admission.

December 5, Wednesday:

12:30PM – guest organist Christopher Stroh plays a concert (following noon Mass) on the dramatic 61-stop Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church (215 south 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

January, 2019

January 26, Saturday:

7:30PM – guest soloist Stephen Hamilton plays a program of works by Bach, Franck, Ginastera (Toccata, Villancico & Fugue), Messiaen (Ascension Suite) and Dupre on the Foley-Baker organ at the Cathedral of St. Mark (519 Groveland) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/Donation.

January 27, Sunday:

4PM – the astonishing young American recitalist Monica Czausz makes here Minnesota debut playing the Schlicker pipe organ at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (31st and Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

February, 2019

February 10, Sunday:

4PM – acclaimed French organist Daniel Roth (Church of St. Sulpice, Paris) presents a concert on the Holtkamp pipe organ at Plymouth Congregational Church (1900 Nicollet Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.

February 22, Friday:

7PM – guest soloist David P. Jenkins (St. Paul Seminary) plays a solo recital on the van Daalen mechanical-action pipe organ at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church (9900 Lyndale Avenue South) in Bloomington, MN. Free/donation.

March, 2019

March 10, Sunday:

2PM – guest soloist Walt Strony plays a variety concert featuring the Wurlitzer pipe organ at the Phipps Center (109 Locust Street) in Hudson, WI. Admission.

4PM – guest soloist TBA plays the annual Benefactors Recital on the Robert Sipe tracker-action organ in the Center for Faith and Life at Luther College, Decorah, IA.

4PM – resident musicians David Cherwien leads and accompaniesd a Lenten Procession Service, featuring the Schlicker pipe organ at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (31st and Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

March 16, Saturday:

9AM-5PM – the annual Before Bach’s Birthday Bash, with five hour-long free concerts of Bach’s music presented by a variety of local soloists. Details TBA.

March 24, Sunday:

3PM – internationally acclaimed guest recitalist Isabelle Demers (Baylor University) plays a solo concert on the Blackinton pipe organ in Benson Great Hall on the campus of Bethel University in Arden Hills, MN. Free.

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

March 28, Thursday:

8PM – the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, in its last American tour with music director Stephen Cleobury prior to his retirement in September, performs at the Cathedral of Saint Paul (239 Selby Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN. Admission.

April, 2019

April 2, Tuesday:

7:30PM – visiting artist David Briggs presents a spectacular solo-organ transcription of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, featuring the Skinner and Aeolian-Skinner pipe organs in the Cathedral of Saint Paul (239 Selby Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN. Free/donation.

April 5, Friday:

7:30PM – visiting artist David Briggs plays the Holtkamp pipe organ in Boe Chapel on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. Free.

April 9, Tuesday:

7:30PM – visiting artist David Briggs plays a solo concdert on the Hilgreen-Lane/Hendrickson pipe organ in Christ Chapel on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN. Free.

May, 2019

May 4, Saturday:

8PM – British organist James McVinnie, joined by electronics duo DarkStar, presents an evening of new-age music that explores the versatility of the recently reinstalled 108-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at Northrop Auditorium (84 Church Street SE) on the main campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. Admission.

May 10, Friday:

7:30PM – resident musician David Cherwien leads and accompanies a special Hymn Festival commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of former Cantor Paul Manz, featuring the Schlicker pipe organ at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (31st and Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.

May 17, Friday:

7PM – resident musician Jacob Benda accompanies a program of music for flute, soprano, organ and piano featuring the van Daalen mechanical-action pipe organ at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church (9900 Lyndale Avenue South) in Bloomington, MN. Free/donation.

June, 2019

June 1, Saturday:

4PM – the Annual Bach Tage features performances of Bach cantatas with 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.

7:30PM – guest soloist Jelani Eddington plays music “From Broadway to Hollywood” featuring the Wurlitzer pipe organ at the Phipps Center (109 Locust Street) in Hudson, WI. Admission.

June 2, Sunday:

4PM – a public Evening Vespers Service with cantatas by Bach 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.

July, 2019

July 2 (Tuesday) and 3 (Wednesday):

7:30PM – guest soloist Olivier Latry (Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris) presents a concert for the Minnesota Beethoven Festival on the 39-rank Hendrickson pipe organ at Central Lutheran Church (259 West Wabasha Street) in Winona, MN. Admission.

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