Pipedreams Regional Organ Events Calendar

Upcoming organ events in and around Minnesota.

Calendar

Last updated on February 24, 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.

February 28, Sunday at 2PM – resident assistant organist Isaac Drewes plays a live-streamed program of works by Hindemith, Bach and Widor exploring the various colors of the 107-rank Casavant organ at Central Church in downtown Minneapolis, MN.  This is the second in a series of monthly programs offering a closer look at five of the great organs in the Twin Cities metro area. Each recital will consist of a 20-minute program and a short interview, streamed here and archived for later viewing on the church’s YouTube channel.

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 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 13, Saturday at 7:30 PM (rescheduled from February 21) - 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 at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN.  This will be available as a live stream on the Chapel’s Facebook page, and will be available there in the archive afterwards, indexed by date. 

March 14, Sunday at 3PM (POSTPONED/TBA) – 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, Friday at Noon – as part of the Friday Lunchtime Series, resident musician Eileen Miller will play works by Fanny Mendelssohn, Emma Lou Diemer, Ralph Simpson and Richard Purvis on the 52-rank Casavant organ at Hamline United Methodist Church in Saint Paul, MN, accessed at hamlinechurch.org.

March 19, Friday 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 21, Sunday at 2PM – resident organist David Cherwien plays a live-streamed program exploring the various colors of the 62-rank Schlicker organ at Mount Oliver Lutheran Church in south Minneapolis, MN.  This is the third in a series of monthly programs offering a closer look at five of the great organs in the Twin Cities metro area.  Each recital will consist of a 20-minute program and a short interview, streamed here and archived for later viewing on the church’s YouTube channel.

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 (POSTPONED) - 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. 

March 27, Saturday at 7:30PM (tentative) – guest organist from Houston/Rice University, Ken Cowan plays the 57-rank tracker-action organ by Casavant in the B. J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA.  Free.  

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 10, Saturday at 5PM – the Solemn Blessing by Abbot John Klassen of the expanded 111-rank Holtkamp-Pasi pipe organ, with the premieres of a commissioned hymn by Sally Morris, with a text by Sr. Dolores Duffner, and a newly commissioned organ piece by William Bolcom played by Fr. Robert Koopman…at St. John’s Benedictine Abbey Church, Collegeville, MN.  Free.

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 17, Saturday at 7:30 PM – chapel organist Jessica Park 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.

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 24, Saturday at 7:30 PM (rescheduled from March 7) - 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 Laurel) at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN.  Admission free.

April 24, Saturday at TBA – an invitation to young keyboard players in the area to discover the organ during a Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza day featuring instrument at Our Saviors Lutheran Church and Augustana University Chapel. Included are auditions for the lessons through the SDAGLO Academy and a recital by Academy members, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church (909 West 33rd Street) in Sioux Falls, SD.  More information at sdago.org.

April 25, Sunday at 2PM – resident organist Catherine Rodland plays a live-streamed program exploring the various colors of the 59-rank Möller-Letourneau organ at the Colonial Church in Edina, MN.  This is the fourth in a series of monthly programs offering a closer look at five of the great organs in the Twin Cities metro area. Each recital will consist of a 20-minute program and a short interview, streamed here and archived for later viewing on the church’s YouTube channel.

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 4, Tuesday at 7:30PM – a University of Minnesota student doctoral recital by Ju Young Lee features works by Bach (Trio Sonata #1); Widor (Allegro cantabile (ii), fr Symphony No. 5; Naji Hakim’s Arabesques; and Julius Reubke‘s Sonata on the 94th Psalm, played 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.  Though the event is free, it is necessary to apply in advance to the Northrop ticket office for an assigned seat should you wish to attend in-person.  The event will presented with appropriate COVID controls (social distancing and masks), and also will be live-streamed.  For more information visit tickets.umn.edu or call (612) 624-2345. 

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 23, Sunday at 2PM – resident organist Christopher Ganza plays a live-streamed program exploring the various colors of the 86-rank Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner/Quimby organs at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Saint Paul, MN.  This is the last in a series of monthly programs offering a closer look at five of the great organs in the Twin Cities metro area.  Each recital will consist of a 20-minute program and a short interview, streamed here and archived for later viewing on the church’s YouTube channel.

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.