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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

Michael’s Appearances!

September 23, 2018
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) of varied and colorful music featuring on the largest pipe organ in Minnesota.

Guest soloists include Raymond Johnston (St. Mark’s Cathedral, Minneapolis), Kathrine Handford (Lawrence University, Appleton, WI), Jessica Park (University of St. Thomas Chapel), Robert Vickery (Holy Childhood RC Church, Saint Paul), Jacob Benda (Nativity Catholic Church, Bloomington), David Cherwien (National Lutheran Choir/Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis), Melanie Ohnstad (Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis), Catherine Rodland (St. Olaf College, Northfield) and Michael Unger (University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, OH). Repertoire includes works by Minnesota composers Stephen Paulus, Paul Manz and Richard Proulx, Thomas Kerr, Calvin Taylor, Mary Beth Bennett, Robert Hebble and Daniel Gawthrop, and the Minnesota premiere of two new preludes and fugues by Henry Martin (Rutgers University, NJ), part of a 24-piece cycle commissioned by PIPEDREAMS.

The event is open to all with totally free admission. For more information, visit the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

October 13, Saturday at 10:30AM
As part of the inaugural weekend and in conjunction with the Minnesota Orchestra’s evening concerts, the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists offers an Intimate Introduction to the Northrop Organ that will provide you a special first-time opportunity to fully 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 (Laura Edman, Robert Vickery, Jacob Benda, Melani Ohnstad, Helen Jensen, and Bill Chouinard) 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. Doors open at 10 a.m. For more information, visit the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

ALSO on October 13, Saturday from 2:00-4:00PM
You are invited to 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. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

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 at 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.

 

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