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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

Piping Hot! a Twin Cities Celebration of the Pipe Organ


A Twin Cities Celebration of the Pipe Organ

A full week of free concerts, masterclasses and conversational workshops in Minnesota, featuring an international gathering of exceptional recitalists. In conjunction with four local sponsors.

Piping Hot! festival will include concerts by:

Paul Jacobs,
the highly visible young head of Juilliard’s Organ Department appears at Augustana Lutheran,
West Saint Paul
(organ by Glatter-Götz/Rosales)

Paul’s recital was a smash success, played to a capacity crowd! Don’t miss out on our Festival’s other exceptional performers!
Hans Fagius,
professor at Copenhagen’s Royal Conservatory appears at the University of Saint Thomas,
Saint Paul
(organ by Gabriel Kney)

We were delightfully surprised by a very impressive turnout, but the elegant and impassioned playing by Hans Fagius was everything we expected. The heat was on!
Stephen Tharp,
internationally-touring virtuoso appears at Bethel University,
Saint Paul
(organ by Lyle Blackinton)

With an engaging stage presence, a compelling virtuosity, and the collaborative presence of the Janus Duo in two works with percussion, Stephen Tharp made clear that a program made entirely of 20th century music can be some powerful fun, really hot stuff!
Jean-Baptiste Robin,
titulaire at Saint Peter’s Cathedral (Poitiers) and faculty at the Versailles Conservatory in France appears at House of Hope Presbyterian Church,
Saint Paul
(organ by C.B. Fisk)

Jean-Baptiste Robin’s eclectic repertoire spanned five centuries, and his two original compositions provided a special element to this sizzling conclusion to our week-long festival.


Pipedreams host Michael Barone will be master-of-ceremonies for all concerts, and also interview the players, talk with organbuilders, and demystify some of the arcana of organdom.

The concert dates, times and locations are as follows:

November 4, 2007 (7PM): Paul Jacobs at
Augustana Lutheran, West Saint Paul

November 6, 2007 (8:15PM): Hans Fagius at
the University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul

November 9, 2007 (7:30PM): Stephen Tharp at
Bethel University, Saint Paul

November 11, 2007 (4PM): Jean-Baptiste Robin at
House of Hope Presbyterian Church, Saint Paul

Each of the visiting artists will also appear in workshop/master-class settings at those four venues:

These appearances are co-sponsored by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

More information is available by calling 651-290-1087.


Concert Repertoire:

Allegro Molto (Finale), from Symphonie No. 6, Op. 59 - Louis Vierne

Great Organ Sonata (The 94th Psalm) - Julius Reubke

Trio Sonata No. 6 in G major, BWV 530 - Johann Sebastian Bach

Fantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H, Op. 46 - Max Reger


Concert Repertoire:

Pièce d´Orgue (Fantasy) in G, BWV 572 - Johann Sebastian Bach:

Trio Sonata No. 6 in G, BWV 530 - Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue g, BWV 535 - Johann Sebastian Bach

Chords and Bells - Rolf Martinsson

Symphony no. 6 in b op. 59 (entire) - Louis Vierne


Concert Repertoire:

Toccata and Fugue on B-A-C-H - Anthony Newman

Prière, Op. 37, No. 3 - Joseph Jongen

Naïades/Water Nymphs, from Pièces de Fantasie, Op. 55, No. 4 - Louis Vierne

Slingshot Shivaree for Organ and Percussion - Martha Sullivan
–Fast Dance (Sandansko Oro)
–Fugue in Seven–Scottish Air (Ca’ the Yowes)
–Toccata of Mingled Dances (Sedi Donka and Pajdusko)

Boléro sur un thème de Charles Racquet - Pierre Cochereau
for Organ and Percussion (1992)

Deuxième Symphonie, Op. 26 - Marcel Dupré


Concert Repertoire:

On the Fisk gallery organ:

Fantaisie - Charles Racquet

Ballo del Granduca - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

Capriccio sopra il Cucu - Johann Kaspar Kerll

Livre d’Orgue - 3 Extracts from the Gloria of the Mass - Nicolas de Grigny
–Et in terra pax a 5
–Basse de Trompette ou Cromorne
–Récit de Tierce en taille

Dialogue à 4 chœur, from Suite du 3ème ton - Jacques Boyvin

Romanian Folk Dances - Béla Bartók

Cercles de Danses (Circle of Dances) - Jean-Baptiste Robin

On the Merklin choir organ:

Prière in E flat - François Benoist

Improvisation in a Romantic style on a given theme - Jean-Baptiste Robin

On the Fisk gallery organ

Choral-Improvisationsur le Victimae paschali - Charles Tournemire
(transcription by Maurice Duruflé)

Regard vers l’Aïr - Jean-Baptiste Robin

Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’A.L.A.I.N., Op. 7 - Maurice Duruflé



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