Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
March 15, Thursday:
10AM-4:30PM – PIPEDREAMS host Michael Barone is master-of-ceremonies for this year’s Before Bach’s Birthday Bash, a sequence of four hour-long all-Bach programs at four different venues on or near Summit Avenue in Saint Paul, MN, beginning with a live Classical MPR broadcast (10AM) from the St. Mary Chapel of the Saint Paul Seminary (2260 Summit Avenue) where performers include David Jenkins and Joseph Trucano (organ), Isaac Drewes and Soyoun Kim (piano), and members of the Bach Society of Minnesota (Jin Kim, Julie Elhard, Paul Boehnke). We hope you'll join us in the chapel, but please be in your seats by 9:55! Free parking is available in the lot adjacent the chapel.
The celebration continues (11:30AM) at the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel of the University of Saint Thomas (Cleveland at Ashland Avenues) with performances by Kevin Seal, Donald Livingstly, Danaiel Corneliussen, George Fergus and Andrew Hackett (organ) and Woobin Park (piano).
After a lunch break, afternoon events take place (2PM) at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist (60 Kent Street, at Portland Avenue), with organists John Schultz, Julie Yoonjeon Kim and David Lim and Harris Bernstein (violin), followed at (3:30PM) at House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Avenue) by Paul Stever, and Aaron David Miller (organ), Emily Kahnert (cello) and Chun-Han Sophia Lin (piano).
These concerts are co-sponsored by Classical Minnesota Public Radio, the Bach Society of Minnesota, and the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. All events are free and open to the public. Come on down!
April 10, Thursday:
6:40PM - Michael interviews virtuoso soloist David Briggs prior to his 7:30PM concert at the the Kimmel Center. Part of the conversation will involve a demonstration of the art of improvisation. Mr. Briggs program features transcriptions of works by Bach, Dukas and Tchaikovsky (the entire Symphony No. 4!) which fully showcase the 111-stop Fred J. Cooper Memorial Pipe Organ by Dobson at Philadelphia's Verizon Hall.
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.