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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

Michael’s Appearances!

November 2, Friday, 8PM
Serving as guest commentator Michael Barone engages organ builder Tomasz Lewtak in conversation during the inaugural concert on the new 47-stop hand-crafted Lewtak pipe organ at Shandon Presbyterian Church (607 Woodrow Street) in Columbia, South Carolina.

November 4, Sunday, 4PM
Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra with music director Beverly Everett, who plays a solo concert featuring works by Bach, Widor, Duruflé, William Bolcom, Henri Mulet, Hubert Parry, Dave Brubeck, and Leonard Bernstein on the new Casavant pipe organ at 1st Lutheran Church (900 Bemidji Avenue North) in Bemidji, MN. Michael Barone is guest commentator. Free/donation.

November 10, Saturday, 7:30PM
In celebration of the 350th anniversary of birth of François Couperin (1668-1733), 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, collaborate with host/performer Michael Barone to present a concert of Couperin’s vocal and keyboard music, including several motets and a complete performance of the Mass for Parish Use, with alternatim chant ‘in Parisian manner’. The University’s Gabriel Kney 40-stop/56-rank 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. For more information, visit the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

November 18, Sunday, 2PM
Classical MPR voice and PIPEDREAMS creator Michael Barone is host for a unique opportunity to see contemporary silent films presented with live accompaniment on the Fitzgerald Theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. Guest soloist Nathan Avakian accompanies winning entries in the International Youth Silent Film Festival.

These short films are created by imaginative kids up to age 20 who have used Avakian’s pipe organ ‘cues’ (in various moods…romantic, frantic, dreamy, funny) to create original and intriguing new videos in this old-fashioned ‘silent’ format. Usually the organist improvises accompaniment to what’s shown on the screen; here, the young videographers have created scenes to match the music.

The IYSFF holds red-carpet events around the world to encourage and celebrate young imaginations. Come see a selection of the past year’s competition winners and perhaps be inspired (or encourage some youngster you know) to create a new film for one of the IYSFF future competitions.

For more information, visit: makesilentfilm.com and fitzgeraldtheater.publicradio.org/event/the-international-youth-silent-film-festival/.


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