Pipedreams Regional Organ Events Calendar

Upcoming organ events in and around Minnesota.

Calendar

Last updated on July 13, 2021.

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.

July 27, Tuesday at 12:10 PM – Wayne Wagner (New Ulm) plays a noontime recital on the 31 rank Holtkamp pipe organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (720 S. 2nd Street) Mankato, MN. . Sponsored by the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free will donation.  Mask and social distancing required.

July 27, Tuesday at 12:15PM – soloist Meghan Maloy-Ness (Swathmore Presbyterian, Swathmore, PA) continues the 2021 Downtown Summer Organ Recital Series at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 6th Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

July 28, Wednesday at noon – in the final event of the 37th season of the Organs In Revue summer concerts, Brian Kapp plays the Barton-Berschdorf organ in the main auditorium of Hibbing High School (800 East 21st Street) in Hibbing, MN.  Donations are accepted for the local Claribel Hamilton Organ Scholarship Fund.

July 31, Saturday from 10AM to noon – an open-house to explore and enjoy the Wurlitzer pipe organ, with demonstrations by Ed Copeland and David Kern at the Heights Theatre (3951 Central Avenue NE) in Columbia Heights, MN.  Free…open to everyone, the committed and the curious.

August 3, Tuesday at 12:10 PM – Kraig Windschitl (Wayzata Community Church) plays a noontime recital on the 31 rank Holtkamp pipe organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (720 S. 2nd Street) Mankato, MN. Sponsored by the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free will donation.  Mask and social distancing required.

August 3, Tuesday at 12:15PM – soloist Gregory Peterson (College Organist, Luther College, Decorah) continues the 2021 Downtown Summer Organ Recital Series at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 6th Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

August 8, Sunday at 3:320PM – guest soloist Stephen C. Price (Ball State University) plays the last of three monthly summer-season concerts on the magnificent 71-rank Noack pipe organ at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman (530 Main Street) in La Crosse, WI.  Free admission. 

August 10, Tuesday at 12:10 PM – resident organist Christine Schulz(Lake Crystal) plays a noontime recital on the 31 rank Holtkamp pipe organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (720 S. 2nd Street) Mankato, MN. Sponsored by the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free will donation.  Mask and social distancing required.

August 10, Tuesday at 12:15PM – soloist Lee Afdahl (1st Presbyterian, Rochester) continues the 2021 Downtown Summer Organ Recital Series at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 6th Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

August 15, Sunday at 3PM – the Blessing & Dedication of the 21-rank Patterson pipe Organ at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (1 Lourdes Placem, Minneapolis, MN), featuring the Loring String Quartet, guest soprano Jennifer Olson, the Lourdes Chamber Choir, and organist Jacob Benda. Music by Bach, Duruflé, Fauré, Rachmaninoff, Rutter and more.  

August 17, Tuesday at 12:15PM – soloist John Stender (1st Presbyterian, Rochester) continues the 2021 Downtown Summer Organ Recital Series at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 6th Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

August 24, Tuesday at 12:15PM – soloist Sam Backman (Holy Cross Catholic Church, Minneapolis) continues the 2021 Downtown Summer Organ Recital Series at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 6th Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

August 31, Tuesday at 12:15PM – soloist Ryan Hulshizer (Northwood, IA) concludes the 2021 Downtown Summer Organ Recital Series at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 6th Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

September 4, Saturday at 7:30PM - faculty organist Carrie Groenewold plays 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.  

September 11, Saturday from 9AM-5PM – a mini-symposium in celebration of the life and work of Minnesota organ builder Charles Hendrickson and the 50th anniversary of the installation of Hendrickson Opus 10, with morning and afternoon performances, discussions, and demonstrations featuring Luther College alumnus John Stender, former Hendrickson employee David Engen, emeritus Luther College organist William Kuhlman, son Andreas Hendrickson, and moderator Michael Barone. Included is an ‘encore’ performance of Gerald Near’s Fantasy for Organ which was commissioned for the organ’s inaugural in 1971.  

  • 9AM: Gathering

  • 9:30AM: Performance of Near’s Fantasy

  • 9:45AM: Discussion

  • 11AM: Demonstration and open console –

  • 4PM: Recital by current students, guests and alumni. All events on the Luther College campus in Decorah, IA, celebrating a landmark moment in regional music history, as this was the first large mechanical-action instrument to be installed in the region.  Free and open.

September 12, Sunday at 4PM – faculty organist Gregory Peterson plays works by Buxtehude, Mendelssohn, Bach, Widor, Undine Smith Moore, and John Patrick Thomas during his annual concert on the Robert Sipe mechanical-action pipe organ in the Center for Faith and Life on the campus of Luther College in Decorah, IA.  Free. 

September 18, Saturday at 7PM – Abbot John Klassen presides over the Solemn Blessing of the expanded Holtkamp-Pasi pipe organ at St. John’s Benedictine Abbey Church in Collegeville, MN.  The program includes the world premiere of a commissioned score form William BolcomThree Intermezzos for Organ, to be performed by Fr. Robert Koopman, along with the singing of a commissioned hymn tune, SAINT JOHN’s ABBEY by Sally Ann Morris setting a new hymn text by Sister Delores Dufner, as well as additional performances by Dr. Kim KaslingFr. Anthony Ruff, and Brs. David Klingeman and Jacob Berns.  The public is invited, free.

September 18, Saturday at 7PM - guest organist Arjan Breukhoven (from the Netherlands) plays 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.  

September 19, Sunday at 2PM – an ‘exploration’ of the resources of the expanded Holtkamp-Pasi pipe organ, with Pipedreams host Michael Barone and Fr. Robert Koopman, followed at 3PM by the inaugural concert, featuring the world premiere of a new Diptych by George Baker, played by world-acclaimed guest soloist Stephen Tharp, at St. John’s Benedictine Abbey Church in Collegeville, MN.  Public invited, free.  This instrument combines the Abbey’s iconic original installation (61-ranks of pipes, completed in 1961 by Walter Holtkamp, Senior) with a 46-rank expansion by Martin Pasi, completed this past year and intended to provide added power and versatility for the instrument within the expanse of the modern Marcel Breuer-designed church.

September 26, Sunday at 3PM – resident Assistant Organist Isaac Drewes plays a solo concert on the 107-rank 1963 Casavant pipe organ at Central Lutheran Church (222 South 12th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation. 

October 3, Sunday at 3PM – guest soloist Renée Anne Louprette (faculty at Bard College and Rutgers University) plays the 56-rank mechanical action organ by Gabriel Kney in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel (on Cleveland Avenue, between Ashland and Laurel) at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN.  Admission free. 

October 10, Sunday at 4PM – guest soloist Paul Jacobs (head of organ studies, Juilliard School) plays a solo concert on the 55-rank 1965 Casavant organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (4100 Lyndale Avenue S.) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free. 

October 16, Saturday at 10:30AM - guest organist Larry Visser leads a Hymn Festival while playing 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.  

October 17, Sunday at 2PM – TCAGO OPENING Event. SAVE THE DATE for this exciting partnership event featuring an internationally acclaimed organist.  Additionally, the program will premiere the viewing of a spectacular new TCAGO-produced video documentary.  Location and additional details will be shared in a joint announcement on August 3, 2021. 

October 18, Monday at 7:00pm – Presentation by Opening Event artist. Opening event artist presentation for TCAGO members and the general public regarding transcripts and improvisation in an interview format.  Location and additional details to be announced.

October 23, Saturday at 7:30PM – faculty recitalist David Jenkins presents a program of music for organ and harpsichord in the St. Mary Chapel of the St. Paul Seminary (2260 Summit Avenue) in St. Paul, MN.  Free.

October 30, Saturday at 7:00PM – resident organist Samuel Backman plays a solo recital of works by Bach, Willan, Howells, Schubert, Ireland, Bunck, Bachman and Widor, themed to All Souls Day and Hallowe’en, featuring the 36-rank Hinners-Wicks-Orvold pipe organ at Holy Cross RC Church (1621 University Avenue NE) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation.  

October 31, Sunday at 2PM (kid’s matinee) and 7:30PM – guest organist Dennis James plays the 1926 Wurlitzer pipe organ to accompany the classic Lon Chaney silent film Phantom of the Opera at the Phipps Center for the Arts (106 Locust Street) in Hudson, WI.  Admission.  

November 13, Saturday, 9AM-5PM – the Pipe Organ Heritage Committee of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is hosting an organ crawl of interesting and historic instruments in western Wisconsin, to feature the 1863 Jardine organ at Living Vine Church (formerly First Baptist Church) in Hudson and instruments from 1890 (Mabel Tainter Theater) and 1894 (1st Congregational Church) by Steere and 1974 Van Daalen (Peace Lutheran Church) in Menomonie, WI.  Car-pooling will be available.  More details to follow!  

November 16, Tuesday at 7PM – the inaugural program in the Soireé Musical at Lourdes music series, featuring resident organist Jacob Benda and violinist Angel Andres, in music by Duruflé (Suite, Op 5) and Poulenc, and the premiere of The Phoenix for Violin and Organ by David Bednall, featuring the newly-installed 24-rank Patterson pipe organ at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (1 Lourdes Place) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation.

November 19, Friday at 7PM – guest organist Jacob Benda, with violinist Angel Andres and the Cathedral Choir, present works by Bach, David Bednall, Poulenc, Vaughan Williams and Heinz Werner Zimmermann featuring the splendid 40-rank K. C. Marrin mechanical-action pipe organ at the Cathedral of St. Mary (25 Eighth Avenue South) In St. Cloud, MN.  Free/donation. 

November 21, Sunday at 3PM – University organist Dr. Kim Kasling plays a solo concert on the expanded pipe organ at St. John’s Benedictine Abbey Church in Collegeville, MN.  Public invited, free.  This instrument combines the Abbey’s iconic original installation (61-ranks of pipes, completed in 1961 by Walter Holtkamp, Senior) with a 46-rank expansion by Martin Pasi, completed this past year and intended to provide added power and versatility for the instrument within the expanse of the modern Marcel Breuer-designed church.  

December 6, Monday at 7PM – internationally touring local soloist Stephen Hamilton plays a solo concert on the Hendrickson pipe organ at St. Mark’s Catholic Church (1976 Dayton Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN. Free/donation.

December 7, Tuesday at 7:30PM – University of Minnesota organist Dean Billmeyer plays a Holiday Pipes program on the 108-rank Aeolian-Skinner Concert Organ at Northrop on the University of Minnesota’s main campus (84 Church Street SE) in Minneapolis, MN.  Call Northrop at 612-624-2345 or check the Northrop Calendar online for ticket and streaming information. 

December 16, Thursday at 7PM – continuing the Soireé Musical at Lourdes music series, a program of Advent music by Elgar, Gjeilo, Schubert and others, featuring resident organist Jacob Benda, pianist Bill Munson, and the Lourdes Choir and the newly-installed 21-rank Patterson pipe organ at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (1 Lourdes Place) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation.

December 20 at 7:30PM – the 1926 Wurlitzer pipe organ figures in a special holiday concert of music for organ and brass ensemble at the Phipps Center for the Arts (106 Locust Street) in Hudson, WI.  Admission. 

February 17, Thursday at 7PM – continuing the Soireé Musical at Lourdes music series, a mid-winter program featuring saxophonist Richard Dirlam, soprano Elena Destasio Stabile, and resident organist Jacob Benda, and the newly-installed 21-rank Patterson pipe organ at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (1 Lourdes Place) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation.

February 22, Tuesday at 7:30PM – world-acclaimed guest virtuoso Cameron Carpenter plays the 108-rank Aeolian-Skinner concert organ at Northrop (64 Church Street SE) on the main campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.  Call Northrop at 612-624-2345 or check the Northrop Calendar online for ticket and streaming information. 

February 26, Saturday at 7:30PM – a guest appearance by the Canadian Brass, with organist Greg Zelek, featuring the expanded Holtkamp-Pasi pipe organ at St. John’s Benedictine Abbey Church in Collegeville, MN.  Public invited, free.  This instrument combines the Abbey’s iconic original installation (61-ranks of pipes, completed in 1961 by Walter Holtkamp, Senior) with a 46-rank expansion by Martin Pasi, completed this past year and intended to provide added power and versatility for the instrument within the expanse of the modern Marcel Breuer-designed church.

March 13, Sunday at 3PM – guest soloist David Higgs (Eastman School Organ Department head) plays the 56-rank mechanical action organ by Gabriel Kney in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel (on Cleveland Avenue, between Ashland and Laurel) at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN.  Admission free.

March 19, Saturday at 9AM-5PM – a return of the annual Before Bach’s Birthday Bash, this year sharing space with Max Reger (b. 3/19/1873) and honoring the ‘traditional date’ of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach(3/21/1685), sponsored by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  Details TBA.

March 25, Friday at 7:30PM - guest organist from the Netherlands, Marco den Toom, plays 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, Saturday, at 7:30PM - guest organist Marco den Toom leads a Hymn Festival while playing 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.  

April 3, Sunday at 3PM – Twin Cities recitalist Stephen Hamilton performs Marcel Dupré’s Le Chemin de la Crois/The Stations of the Cross, a dramatic cycle of 14 originally-improvised meditations inspired by the poetry of Paul Claudel (which will be read by Michael Barone), featuring the Skinner and Aeolian-Skinner/Quimby pipe organs at the Cathedral of St. Paul (239 Selby Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.  Free/donation.

April 7, Thursday at 7PM – continuing the Soireé Musical at Lourdes music series with a Lenten presentation of Pamela Decker’s The Seven Last Words and Triumph of Christ, as well as other solo organ works, played by resident organist Jacob Benda, and featuring the newly-installed 21-rank Patterson pipe organ at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (1 Lourdes Place) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation.

April 28, Thursday at 7PM – continuing the Soireé Musical at Lourdes music series with a Lenten program of music by Jonathan Dove, Gabriel Faure, Lee Hoiby, Ralph Vaughan Williams and others, performed by the Great River Chorale, led by Mary Kay Geston, and resident organist Jacob Benda, and featuring the newly-installed 21-rank Patterson pipe organ at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (1 Lourdes Place) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation.

May 1, Sunday at 2PM – a program of music by Jonathan Dove, Gabriel Faure, Lee Hoiby, Ralph Vaughan Williams and others, performed by the Great River Chorale, led by Mary Kay Geston, and resident organist Jacob Benda, and featuring the newly-expanded Holtkamp-Pasi pipe organ at St. John’s Benedictine Abbey Church in Collegeville, MN.  Free/donation.

May 1, Sunday 3PM – guest soloist Greg Zelek (organ curator at the Overture Center in Madison, WI) plays a solo concert on the 36-rank Hinners-Wicks-Orvold pipe organ at Holy Cross RC Church (1621 University Avenue NE) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation.  

May 19 Thursday at 7PM – concluding the Soireé Musical at Lourdes music series season, guest soloist Gregory Hand plays a variety program of solo selections featuring the newly-installed 21-rank Patterson pipe organ at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (1 Lourdes Place) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation.