Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
March 18, 2017, Saturday:
9AM to 5PM, Morning and Afternoon – a Before Bach’s Birthday Bash, five free hour-long concerts celebrating the 332nd Anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach (b. 6/21/1685). Venues, all in downtown Minneapolis, include St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church, from 9-10AM…come early, as this is a live Classical MPR broadcast (215 South 8th Street, 9:00-10:00AM), First Baptist Church, from 10:30-11:30AM (Harmon Place and 10th Street), Gethsemane Episcopal Church, from 1-2PM (905 Fourth Avenue South) and Westminster Presbyterian Church (1200 Marquette, 2:30-3:30PM in the chapel; 4:00-5:00PM in the main sanctuary). For more information, click here.
March 29, 2017, Wednesday at 8PM
Michael Barone will host and interview the artists during intermission of a Kimmel Center Organ Series program at Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall. Organist Jeffrey Brillhart teams up with the all-woman Norwegian brass ensemble tenThing (pronounced ten ting), headed by trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth. Enjoy the sounds of massed brasses and the 88-stop Dobson-built Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ!
May 20, 2017, Saturday at 2PM
Special guest Norman Mackenzie showcases the mighty 88-stop Dobson pipe organ at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and responds to an interview with Michael Barone during the concert’s intermission. A former Curtis Institute grad and one of the last students of famous Philadelphia organist-composer Robert Elmore , Mackenzie also has been featured numerous times on Barone’s PIPEDREAMS show.
June 10, 2017, Saturday beginning at 11AM
Michael Barone is delighted to return as one of the ring-leaders for the family-friendly, day-long celebration of the 88-stop Dobson pipe organ at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, the 7th Annual Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Day. Be entertained by organ soloists (young and young-at-heart), instrumental and vocal ensembles, even a silent film comedy. And it’s all free!
August 5-11, 2017
Hear an astonishing array of pipe organs…ranging from 5 to 108 ranks, built between 1845 and 2013…in Central Minnesota, Duluth, and nearby Wisconsin, during the Organ Historical Society’s 2017 National Convention. Michael Barone (co-chair) and his colleagues have organized a wonderful adventure for you. Come for the entire week or sample just a day or two. Register now!