Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
March 21, 2015, (9 a.m. To 5 p.m.):
Be a part of the “Bach’s Birthday Bash" on Saturday, March 21, 2015, a sequence of five hour-long all-Bach performance events at five Minneapolis churches, featuring organists, pianists, singers and other instrumentalists in celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s 330th Birthday (b. 3/21/1685).
Performances will take place as follows:
9:00-10:00 AM at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church (511 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis) with soloists Julie Elhard (gamba), Eunhye Choi (piano), the National Lutheran Choir Chamber Ensemble/David Cherwien, director, and organists Dean Billmeyer, Andrew Hackett and Donald Livingston, featuring the 78-rank 1980 Robert Sipe mechanical-action pipe organ.
10:30-11:30 AM at First Unitarian Society (900 Mount Curve Avenue, Minneapolis) with pianists Kevin Hobbs and Chun-Han Sophia Lin, cellists Ben Osterhouse and Rosa Thompson-Vieira, and organist Nancy Lancaster, featuring the 35-rank 1961 Holktkamp neo-Baroque pipe organ.
1:00-2:00 PM at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church (2020 West Lake of the Isle Boulevard, Minneapolis), with the LOTI Chamber Choir/Dawn Allen, director, and organists Mary DeVries, Kevin Seal, Kennith Qian Vigne, Jessica Park, and Adrian Volovets, featuring the 28-rank 1980 Daniel Jaeckel pipe organ.
2:30-3:30 PM at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church (1917 Logan Avenue South, Minneapolis) with organists John Salveson, Isaac Drewes, David H. Anderson, Allan Mahnke, and Junjoo Park, featuring the 45-rank 1998 Dobson pipe organ.
4:00-5:00 PM at the Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Mark (519 Oak Grove Street, Minneapolis) with organists Lukas Perry, Sharon Kleckner, Peter Vanderwaal and Raymond Johnston, featuring th 79-rank Foley-Baker pipe organ.
All performances are free, and the first hour’s program will be broadcast live on Classical Minnesota Public Radio network stations (KSJN-99.5FM in the Twin Cities; also streamed live online at www.classicalminnesotapublicradio.org ) and feature members and friends of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, student musicians from the University of Minnesota School of Music, and members of the Bach Society of Minnesota and the National Lutheran Choir.
You can 'meet Michael' in places that few have a chance to visit, inside the marvelous, magnificent and monumental Wanamaker Grand Court Organ at Macy's Philadelphia Department Store…via a superb behind-the-scenes visit with Wanamaker Organ curator Curt Mangel, via a detailed DVD that reveals much about this incredible music-making masterpiece.