Pipedreams Regional Organ Events Calendar

Upcoming organ events in and around Minnesota.

Calendar

Last updated on October 8, 2020.

Related link: Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

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As we attempt to regain some of the cultural life that we enjoyed prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, a number of live organ concerts have been scheduled.  They’ll be presented with appropriate social distancing and other pandemic-related protective controls in place.  Some of these may be streamed, too, and others may be offered exclusively online.   

Here’s what is on the calendar in coming days and weeks.  Many events were tentatively ‘go’ at the time of posting, but specific information may change.  Though we will attempt to keep the information on this page current, please consult the individual venues for any last-minute changes and to confirm accuracy.

October 7-14-21-28, Wednesdays at 12:45PM – each Wednesday from  September to the end of May, resident musician Michael Olsen (or a friend) present a free midday concert on the 48-rank Austin organ in the sanctuary of 1st Lutheran Church (619 Broadway) in Fargo, ND.  Contact the church for specifics. 

October 20, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist Gregory Hand (faculty, University of Iowa) plays another in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free. 

October 21, Wednesday at 12:30PM – resident musician Joel Anderson plays the first in a series of free monthly noon-time concerts on the 67-rank Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Catholic Church (215 South 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN.

October 25, Sunday at 4PM – guest soloist Catherine Rodland (of St. Olaf College faculty) will play works by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Dieterich Buxtehude, J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn Adolphus Hailstork, and Louis Vierne during a virtual recital on the famous Schlicker pipe organ at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN.  This virtual recital will be live-streamed from Mount Olive's website or from Mount Olive's YouTube channel

October 27, Tuesday at 12:35PM – guest recitalist Timothy Strand (Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Saint Paul) plays another in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free.  

October 30, Friday at 6PM - the 16th annual Tricks and Treats with the Mighty Organ concert will be presented by resident organist Bill Chouinard in the Sanctuary of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church on the mighty 1927 IV/108 Casavant/Schantz organ. The performance, replete with special lighting and video effects, is designed with young listeners in mind, and children are invited to come in costume and participate in a "virtual parade" video costume presentation. Individually wrapped treats will be distributed after the program, and free-will offering will be receivable both prior to and following the concert. Registration is limited and required for attendance by linking to saintandrews.org and masks are required for all except for children under 5 years of age. Due to Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines, concert seating will be appropriately distanced, and pizza will not be available prior to the concert…at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church (900 Stillwater Road) in Mahtomedi, MN.  For more information and to register, visit saintandrews.org or call 651-426-3261. 

November 2, Monday at 7:30PM – resident organist Christopher Ganza plays a program of music for All Souls Day, including works by Richard Proulx, Maurice Duruflé, George Thalben-Ball and James Biery featuring the historic pipe organs of the Cathedral of St. Paul (239 Selby Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.  The Cathedral is a socially-distanced safe environment.  Free/donation.

November 3, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist Melanie Ohnstad (emeritus, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis) plays another in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free.  

November 4-11-18-25, Wednesdays at 12:45PM – each Wednesday from  September to the end of May, resident musician Michael Olsen (or a friend) presents a free midday concert on the 48-rank Austin organ in the sanctuary of 1st Lutheran Church (619 Broadway) in Fargo, ND.  Contact the church for specifics. 

November 6, Friday at 3:00-4:00PM – a master-class with guest organist from Baylor University Isabelle Demers in the B. J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA.  Free.  See also November 7. 

November 7, Saturday at 7:30PM – guest organist from Baylor University Isabelle Demers plays works by Jason Roberts, Bach-Reger, Alkan and others on the 57-rank mechanical action organ by Casavant in the B. J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA.  Free.  The on-site audience may be restricted to only campus residents, but the public is invited to listen/watch via video stream.  

November 8, Sunday at 3PM – resident musician Jessica Park plays the 56-rank mechanical action organ by Gabriel Kney in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel (on Cleveland Avenue, between Ashland and Lauel) at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN.  Admission free.

November 10, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist Samuel Backman (Holy Cross Catholic Church, Minneapolis) plays another in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free.  

November 13, Friday at 7PM – University alum and guest artist Bill Chouinard (of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi) presents an evening of organ music based on beloved hymns (assisted by soprano Norah Long) featuring the recently expanded Holtkamp-Pasi pipe organ at St. John’s Abbey & University Church in Collegeville, MN.  Free.  Social-distancing will be in effect, and masks will be required for indoor participation.  

November 17, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist Joel Anderson (St. Olaf Catholic Church, Minneapolis) plays another in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free.  

November 18, Wednesday at 12:30PM – guest soloist Jacob Benda (Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Minneapolis) plays the free monthly noon-time concert on the 67-rank Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Catholic Church (215 South 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN.

November 22, Sunday at 3PM – a Lecture/Recital celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the birth of organist/composer Louis Vierne (1870-1937) led by Carrie Groenewold with SDAGO Chapter Member performers, featuring the 57-rank Bedient pipe organ at 1st Congregational United Church of Christ (300 Sout Minnesota Avenue) in Sioux Falls, SD.  Free.

December 1, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist Jacob Benda (Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Minneapolis) plays another in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free. 

December 2-9-16-23-30, Wednesday at 12:45PM – each Wednesday from  September to the end of May, resident musician Michael Olsen (or a friend) presents a free midday concert on the 48-rank Austin organ in the sanctuary of 1st Lutheran Church (619 Broadway) in Fargo, ND.  Contact the church for specifics. 

December 6, Sunday at 3:00 PM – organist from the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, Christopher Stroh plays the 56-rank mechanical action organ by Gabriel Kney in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel (on Cleveland Avenue, between Ashland and Lauel) at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN.  Admission free.

December 8, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist Paul Barte (Ohio University, Athena, OH) plays another in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free. 

December 12, Saturday at 7:30PM – guest soloist Scott Turkington (Holy Family Catholic Church, St. Louis Park) plays the 82-rank Foley-Baker organ at the Cathedral of St. Mark (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN.  This concert is closed to public attendance but will be live-streamed at ourcathedral.org/concerts , as will other programs in the Cathedral Music Series this season.

December 15, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist Joby Bell (Appalachian State University, Boone, NC) plays another in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free.  

December 16, Wednesday at 12:30PM – guest soloist John Varona (Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester) plays the free monthly noon-time concert on the 67-rank Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Catholic Church (215 South 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN.

January 5, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist Michael Barone (American Public Media’s PIPEDREAMS) plays another in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free.  

January 6-14-20-27, Wednesdays at 12:45PM – each Wednesday from  September to the end of May, resident musician Michael Olsen (or a friend) presents a free midday concert on the 48-rank Austin organ in the sanctuary of 1st Lutheran Church (619 Broadway) in Fargo, ND.  Contact the church for specifics. 

January 12, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist David Jenkins (University of St. Thomas, St. Paul) plays another in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free.  

January 19, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist Gregory Peterson (Luther College, Decorah, IA) plays another in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free.  

January 26, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist Katie Moss (Messiah United Methodist Church, Plymouth, MN) plays another in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free. 

February 2, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist Christopoher Ganza (Cathedral of St. Paul) plays another in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free.

February 3-10-17-24, Wednesdays at 12:45PM – each Wednesday from  September to the end of May, resident musician Michael Olsen (or a friend) presents a free midday concert on the 48-rank Austin organ in the sanctuary of 1st Lutheran Church (619 Broadway) in Fargo, ND.  Contact the church for specifics. 

February 7, Sunday at 3:00 PM – resident musician at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Minneapolis, Joel Anderson plays the 56-rank mechanical action organ by Gabriel Kney in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel (on Cleveland Avenue, between Ashland and Lauel) at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN.  Admission free.

February 9, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist Andrew Schaeffer (Luther Memorial Church, Madison, WI) plays another in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free.

February 9, Tuesday at 7:30PM – resident faculty organist Professor Dean Billmeyer plays his annual concert on the vintage 108-rank Aeolian-Skinner Northrop Concert organ on the University of Minnesota’s main campus (84 Church Street SE) in Minneapolis, MN.  Call Northrop or check the Northrop Calendar online for ticket and streaming information.  

February 23, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist Joseph Ripka (All Saints Episcopoal Church, Phoenix, AZ) plays another in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free. 

February 24, Wednesday at12:30PM – guest soloist Kris Rizzotto (Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church, Minneapolis) plays the free monthly noon-time concert on the 67-rank Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Catholic Church (215 South 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN.

March 2, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist Bryan Dunnewald (St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, PA) plays another in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free. 

March 3-10-17-24, Wednesdays at 12:45PM – each Wednesday from  September to the end of May, resident musician Michael Olsen (or a friend) presents a free midday concert on the 48-rank Austin organ in the sanctuary of 1st Lutheran Church (619 Broadway) in Fargo, ND.  Contact the church for specifics. 

March 7, Sunday at 3:00 PM - resident musician at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in St. Paul, Richard Gray plays the 56-rank mechanical action organ by Gabriel Kney in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel (on Cleveland Avenue, between Ashland and Lauel) at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN.  Admission free.

March 9, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist Raymond Johnston (St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Minneapolis) plays another in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free. 

March 13, Saturday at 7:30PM guest soloist Brian Carson (St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Jordan, MN) plays the 82-rank Foley-Baker organ at the Cathedral of St. Mark (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN.  This concert is closed to public attendance but will be live-streamed at ourcathedral.org/concerts, as will other programs in the Cathedral Music Series this season.

March 14, Sunday at 3PM – faculty organist Kim Kasling plays the first public solo concert on the recently expanded Holtkamp-Pasi pipe organ of St. John’s Abbey and University Church in Collegeville, MN.  Free.  This instrument combines the Abbey’s iconic original installation of 61-ranks completed in 1961 by Walter Holtkamp, Senior with an expansion of 46-ranks, intended to provide added power and versatility, added this past year by Martin Pasi.  See also March 26. 

March 14, Sunday at 3PM – faculty organist Kim Kasling plays the first public solo concert on the recently expanded Holtkamp-Pasi pipe organ of St. John’s Abbey and University Church in Collegeville, MN.  Free.  This instrument combines the Abbey’s iconic original installation of 61-ranks completed in 1961 by Walter Holtkamp, Senior with an expansion of 46-ranks, intended to provide added power and versatility, added this past year by Martin Pasi.

March 16, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist Isaac Drewes (Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis) plays another in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free.  

March 19, Saturday at 7PM – Bach Birthday Bash with  performers from the SDAGO Chapter featuring the 43-rank Nordlie mechanical-action pipe organ in the Chapel of Augustana College (2001 South Summit Avenue) in Sioux Falls, SD.  Free.

March 23, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist Hans Uwe Hielscher (Market Church, Wiesbaden, Germany) plays another in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free. 

March 24, Wednesday at 12:30PM – guest soloist Richard Gray (St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, Saint Paul) plays the free noon-time concert on the 67-rank Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Catholic Church (215 South 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN.

March 26, Friday at 7:30PM – guest organist from the Netherlands, Marco den Toom, plays works on the 57-rank mechanical action organ by Casavant in the B. J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA.  Free. 

March 26, Friday at 7:30PM - guest organist Greg Zelek (resident organist at the Overture Center, Madison, WI) teams up with the Canadian Brass for a concert featuring the recently expanded Holtkamp-Pasi pipe organ at St. John’s Abbey and University Church in Collegeville, MN. 

April 7-14-21-28, Wednesdays at 12:45PM – each Wednesday from  September to the end of May, resident musician Michael Olsen (or a friend) presents a free midday concert on the 48-rank Austin organ in the sanctuary of 1st Lutheran Church (619 Broadway) in Fargo, ND.  Contact the church for specifics. 

April 11, Sunday at 2PM – PIPEDREAMS host Michael Barone and Father Robert Koopmann present an ‘introduction to the organ’ prior to an appearahce by world-acclaimed American virtuoso Stephen Tharp who plays a public concert at 3PM on the recently expanded Holtkamp-Pasi pipe organ of St. John’s Abbey and University Church in Collegeville, MN.  Free.  This instrument combines the Abbey’s iconic original installation of 61-ranks completed in 1961 by Walter Holtkamp, Senior with an expansion of 46-ranks, intended to provide added power and versatility, added this past year by Martin Pasi.

April 13, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist Laura Edman (1st Presbyterian Church, Stillwater) plays another in a sseries of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free. 

April 13, Tuesday at 7:30PM – Grammy Award-winning American organist Paul Jacobs plays ‘Symphonic Bach’ repertoire on the vintage 108-rank Aeolian-Skinner Northrop Concert organ on the University of Minnesota’s main campus (84 Church Street SE) in Minneapolis, MN.  Call Northrop or check the Northrop Calendar online for ticket and streaming information.  

April 20, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist Nils Halker (St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, Saint Paul) plays another in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free.   

April 21, Wednesday at 12:30PM – guest soloist Dean Billmeyer (University of Minnesota) plays the free monthly noon-time concert on the 67-rank Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Catholic Church (215 South 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN.

April 27, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist Dean Billmeyer (faculty, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis) plays another in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free. 

May 2, Sunday at 3PM – guest recitalist and composer Rachel Laurin premiere’s a newly commission piece during a solo concert on the recently expanded Holtkamp-Pasi pipe organ of St. John’s Abbey and University Church in Collegeville, MN.  Free.  This instrument combines the Abbey’s iconic original installation of 61-ranks completed in 1961 by Walter Holtkamp, Senior with an expansion of 46-ranks, intended to provide added power and versatility, added this past year by Martin Pasi.

May 4, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist Carolyn Diamond (Wayzata Community Church) plays another in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free. 

May 5-12-19-26, Wednesdays at 12:45PM – each Wednesday from  September to the end of May, resident musician Michael Olsen (or a friend) presents a free midday concert on the 48-rank Austin organ in the sanctuary of 1st Lutheran Church (619 Broadway) in Fargo, ND.  Contact the church for specifics. 

May 11, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist Kathrine Handford (Woodbury, MN) plays another in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free.  

May 18, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist James D. Hicks (Califon, New Jersey) plays another in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free.  

May 19, Wednesday at 12:30PM – guest soloists Jessica Park (St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN) plays the free monthly noon-time concert on the 67-rank Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at St. Olaf Catholic Church (215 South 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN.

May 25, Tuesday at 12:35PM  guest recitalist Jeffrey Patry (1st Lutheran Church, Columbia Heights) plays last in a series of weekly noontime concerts on the 57-rank Casavant organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (Cedar at 10th Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Covid-distancing and masks required.  Free.