Pipedreams Regional Organ Events Calendar

Upcoming organ events in and around Minnesota.

Calendar

Last updated on February 7, 2023.

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 12, Sunday at 4PM –guest soloist Stacie Lightner (St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran) plays a concert on the 20-rank Casavant organ at Como Park Lutheran Church (1376 Hoyt Avenue West) in Saint Paul, MN.  Free/donation. 

February 14, Tuesday at 12:35PM - guest soloist Joseph Ripka (University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul) continues the 2022-2023 season of Tuesday Organ Recitals featuring the 57-rank 1998 Casavant pipe organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (506 Cedar Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  

February 15, Wednesday at 12:30 (following noon Mass) – guest soloist Mary Newton plays the 5th concert in the 2022-2023 Noontime Series featuring the 49-rank 2001 Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at the Catholic Church of St. Olaf (215 South 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation. 

February 19, Sunday at 3PM – Hymn Festival for Transfiguration Sunday, with guest organist Mark Sedio and the Chanel Choir led by Timothy Strand featuring the newly installed 57-rank Letourneau-Casavant pipe organ at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (700 Snelling Avenue South) in St. Paul, MN. 

February 19, Sunday at 4PM – guest soloist Isabelle Demers (McGill University faculty) plays the annual benefactors concert featuring the 65-rank 1978 Robert Sipe mechanical-action pipe organ in the Center for Faith and Life on the campus of Luther College in Decorah, IA.  Free.

February 24, Friday at 12PM -  a Coffee Concert featuring faculty organist Laura Edman with guest organists Scott Hyslop (virtual), Aaron David Miller and Kathryn Lien, including Miller’s “Shade in a Parched Land” for organ and percussion, with poetry by Tom Gillaspy. The concert promotes the Organ Restoration Project to complete and update the 1974 Hendrickson Organ in Abbott Hall, Kleinpell Fine Arts Building (420 East Cascade Avenue) in River Falls, WI.  Free admission. 

February 26, Sunday at 4PM – resident organist David Cherwien accompanies congregation and choir in a Lenten Procession Service featuring the 55-rank 1966 Schlicker organ at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (3045 Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation.

February 27, Monday at 7PM – guest French recitalist Jean-Baptiste Robin presents a solo concert on the 1977 Hendrickson organ (Opus 51) at Church of Saint Mark (2001 Dayton Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.  Free/donation.

February 28, Tuesday at 12:35PM - guest soloist Emily Roth (Congregational Church, Rochester, MN) continues the 2022-2023 season of Tuesday Organ Recitals featuring the 57-rank 1998 Casavant pipe organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (506 Cedar Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  

February 28, Tuesday at 7PM – guest French recitalist Jean-Baptiste Robin presents a presentation/workshop utilizing the Gabriel Kney pipe organ in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel of the University of St, Thomas (Cleveland at Ashland Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.  Performers and observers are invited.  Free. 

March 1, Wednesday at 11:30 (following the morning prayer service) – guest soloist James Bobb (St. Olaf College) plays a 30-minute recital featuring the 50-rank 2005 Glatter-Götz/Rosales pipe organ at Augustana Lutheran Church (1400 S Robert St.) in West St. Paul, MN. Free. 

March 5, Sunday at 3PM – soloist Tom Haag plays a concert on the 35-rank Möller pipe organ in the Cappella Performing Arts Center (the former Methodist Church, at 721 King Street) in La Crosse, Wi.  Free/donation. 

March 5, Sunday at 4PM – Twin Cities recitalist Stephen Hamilton plays a concert of works by Bach, Franck, Reger and Dupre on the 70-rank Casavant organ at Hamline United Methodist Church (1514 Englewood Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.  Suggested donation. 

March 7, Tuesday at 12:35PM - guest soloist Adam Tabajdi (University Lutheran Church of Hope, Mpls) continues the 2022-2023 season of Tuesday Organ Recitals featuring the 57-rank 1998 Casavant pipe organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (506 Cedar Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  

March 7, Tuesday at 7PM – guest soloist Thomas Fielding (St. Augustine Cathedral, Kalamazoo, MI) presents an ‘illustrated’ concert performance of Henri Mulet’s Byzantine Sketches (10 picturesque movements inspired by the Sacre Coeur Basilica in Paris) featuring the 67-stop 2001 Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at the Catholic Church of St. Olaf (215 South 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation. 

March 8, Wednesday at 11:30 (following the morning prayer service) – guest soloist Joseph Trucano (Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, MN) plays a 30-minute recital featuring the 50-rank 2005 Glatter-Götz/Rosales pipe organ at Augustana Lutheran Church (1400 S Robert St.) in West St. Paul, MN. Free.

March 9, Thursday at 7:30PM – guest organist Daniel Roth (from the Church of St. Sulpice in Paris) returns to MN for a solo concert on the 78-rank 1981 Holtkamp organ at Plymouth Congregational Church (1900 Nicollet Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free.

March 12, Sunday at 2:30PM – guest artist, 15-year-old student Henry Dangerfield presents solo concert on the 87-rank Foley-Baker organ at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation.  

March 14, Tuesday at 12:35PM - guest soloist Andrew Schaeffer (Luther Memorial Church, Madison, WI) continues the 2022-2023 season of Tuesday Organ Recitals featuring the 57-rank 1998 Casavant pipe organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (506 Cedar Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  

March 15, Wednesday at 11:30 (following the morning prayer service) – St. Olaf College Senior (and TCAGO 2022 Competition Winner) Katie Gunn plays a 30-minute recital featuring the 50-rank 2005 Glatter-Götz/Rosales pipe organ at Augustana Lutheran Church (1400 S Robert St.) in West St. Paul, MN. Free. 

March 15, Wednesday at 12:30 (following noon Mass) – guest soloist Stephen Self (Wayzata Community Church) plays the 6th  concert in the 2022-2023 Noontime Series featuring the 49-rank 2001 Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at the Catholic Church of St. Olaf (215 South 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation. 

March 18, Saturday from 9AM-5PM – the annual Before Bach’s Birthday Bash, a sequence of five hour-long concerts devoted primarily to music by Johann Sebastian Bach, presented this year at various venues in Minneapolis:

  • 9:00-10:00 AM – St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove Street)

    2013 Foley-Baker (4 manuals, 87 stops, 80 ranks)

  • 10:30-11:30 AM – Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church (511 Groveland Avenue)

    1979 Sipe (4 manuals, 55 stops/78 ranks)

  • 1:00-2:00 PM – 1st Unitarian Society of Minneapolis (900 Mount Curve Avenue)

    1961 Holtkamp (3 manuals, 27 stops, 35 ranks)

  • 2:30-3:30 PM – Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church (2020 West Lake of the Isles Parkway)

    1980 Jaeckel (19 stops, 28-ranks)

  • 4:00-5:00 PM – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (1917 Logan Avenue South)

    1998 Dobson (2 manuals, 36 stops, 45 ranks)

All events are free (donations accepted) and open to the public.  Join us for the entire day, or at any of the five individual destinations.  The first hour’s program will be broadcast live on YourClassical Minnesota Public Radio network stations (KSJN-99.5FM in the Twin Cities).  More information at tcago.org.

March 19, Sunday at 3PM – guest soloist Peter Richard Conte (the Wanamaker Organist) provides improvised accompaniment to the silent film feature classic “Metropolis” featuring the Aeolian-Skinner concert organ at the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Carlson Family Stage (84 Church Street SE) in Minneapolis, MN.  Admission (ticket information at the Northrop online box office).

March 19, Sunday at 4PM – guest musicians Trevor and Friends present a concert featuring the 35-rank Möller pipe organ in the Cappella Performing Arts Center (the former Methodist Church, at 721 King Street) in La Crosse, Wi.  Free/donation. 

March 21, Tuesday at 12:35PM - guest soloist Isaac Drewes (Central Lutheran, Mpls) continues the 2022-2023 season of Tuesday Organ Recitals featuring the 57-rank 1998 Casavant pipe organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (506 Cedar Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.

March 22, Wednesday at 11:30 (following the morning prayer service) – guest soloist Katherine Handford (Church of Saint Mark, St. Paul, MN) plays a 30-minute recital featuring the 50-rank 2005 Glatter-Götz/Rosales pipe organ at Augustana Lutheran Church (1400 S Robert St.) in West St. Paul, MN. Free.

March 24, Friday at 7:30PM – Bach Birthday Bash presented by members of the South Dakota Chapter of the American Guild of Organists featuring the 43-rank 1983 Nordlie mechanical-action pipe organ in the Augustana University Chapel (2001 South Summit Avenue) in Sioux Falls, SD.  Free.   

March 28, Tuesday at 12:35PM - guest soloist Nils Halker (St. Clement’s Episcopal, St. Paul) continues the 2022-2023 season of Tuesday Organ Recitals featuring the 57-rank 1998 Casavant pipe organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (506 Cedar Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free. 

March 29, Wednesday at 11:30 (following the morning prayer service) – guest soloist Gregory Peterson (Normandale Lutheran Church, Edina, MN) plays a 30-minute recital featuring the 50-rank 2005 Glatter-Götz/Rosales pipe organ at Augustana Lutheran Church (1400 S Robert St.) in West St. Paul, MN. Free. 

March 31, Friday at 7PM –guest soloist Peter Krasinsky plays the 35-rank Möller pipe organ will be played in accompaniment to the 1917 Charlie Chaplin silent film “The Kid” at the Cappella Performing Arts Center (the former Methodist Church, at 721 King Street) in La Crosse, Wi.  Free/donation.  

March 31, Friday at 7:30PM – internationally-acclaimed soloist Wayne Marshall plays the 57-rank Brunzema-Casavant mechanical-action organ at Dordt University (498 Fourth Avenue NE) in Sioux Center, IA.  Free. 

April 4 at 7:30PM – the ensemble Dreamland Faces provides live music accompaniment to vintage silent cinema shorts on the topic of Cinema’s First Nasty Women, featuring the Aeolian-Skinner concert organ at Northrop’s Carlson Family Stage on the University of Minnesota’s Main Campus (84 Church Street SE) in Minneapolis, MN.  Admission. 

April 7, Friday at 7:30PM – the Cathedral Choir presents Charles Wood’s St. Mark’s Passion at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation.  

April 18, Tuesday at 12:35PM - guest soloist Samuel Libra (2nd Presbyterian, Louisville, KY) continues the 2022-2023 season of Tuesday Organ Recitals featuring the 57-rank 1998 Casavant pipe organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (506 Cedar Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  

April 18, Tuesday at 7:30PM – the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony presents the Organ Concerto by Francis Poulenc, with University of Minnesota organ professor  Dean Billmeyer playing the 108-rank Aeolian-Skinner Concert Organ at Northrop on the University of Minnesota’s main campus (84 Church Street SE) in Minneapolis, MN.  Admission.

April 19, Wednesday at 12:30 (following noon Mass) – guest soloist Thomas Ferry(Como Park Lutheran) plays the 7th concert in the 2022-2023 Noontime Series featuring the 49-rank 2001 Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at the Catholic Church of St. Olaf (215 South 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation. 

April 21, Friday at 7PM – Saint Olaf College student Katie Gunn plays here Senior Recital on the Holtkamp organ in Boe Chapel on campus in Northfield, MN.  Free. 

April 22, Saturday at 7:00PM – guest soloist Damin Spritzer (University of Oklahoma) presents a concert in the Organ Artist Series featuring the Gabriel Kney tracker-action pipe organ in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel of the University of St. Thomas (Cleveland Avenue at Ashland) in St. Paul, MN.  Free/donation.  

April 23, Sunday at 3:00PM – resident organist Andrew Jacob teams up with the St. Olaf College radio program Sing for Joy in presenting a hymn festival featuring the combined choirs of Augustana Lu8theran Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church (Minneapolis), with guest conductor Anton Armstrong and Rev. Alexandra Jacob, narrator, featuring the 50-rank 2005 Glatter-Götz/Rosales organ at Augustana Lutheran Church (1400 South Robert Street) in West Saint Paul, MN. Free/donation. 

April 23, Sunday at 4PM – resident musician John Stender collaborates with guest soloist Patrick Pope in a Hymn Festival for Easter featuring the 48-rank 1998 Casavant organ at 1st Presbyterian Church (512 Third Street SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

April 23, Sunday at 4PM – guest soloist David Cherwien leads a hymn festival featuring the newly renovated 58-rank 1970 Robert Sipe/Aeolian-Skinner mechanical-action pipe organ at Zumbro Lutheran Church (624 Third Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN. 

April 25, Tuesday at 12:35PM - guest soloist Patrick Pope (Holy Comforter Episcopal, Charlotte, NC) continues the 2022-2023 season of Tuesday Organ Recitals featuring the 57-rank 1998 Casavant pipe organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (506 Cedar Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  

May 2, Tuesday at 12:35PM - guest soloist Christopher Ganza (Cathedral of St. Paul, MN) continues the 2022-2023 season of Tuesday Organ Recitals featuring the 57-rank 1998 Casavant pipe organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (506 Cedar Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  

May 6, Saturday at 7:30PM – resident soloist Jacob Benda and the University of St. Thomas Orchestra, led by Matthew George, present Organ Concertos by Josef Rheinberger and Francis Poulenc for the season’s closing concert in the  Chapel Arts Series featuring the Gabriel Kney tracker-action pipe organ in the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel of the University of St. Thomas (Cleveland Avenue at Ashland) in St. Paul, MN.  Free/donation.  

May 7, Sunday at 3PM – guest soloist Samuel Backman plays a concert on the 50-rank 2008 Noack tracker-action organ in the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (5250 Justin Road) just outside La Crosse, WI.  Free/donation. 

May 9, Tuesday at 12:35PM - guest soloist Simon Pick (Church of the Assumption St. Paul, MN) continues the 2022-2023 season of Tuesday Organ Recitals featuring the 57-rank 1998 Casavant pipe organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (506 Cedar Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  

May 12, Friday at 7:30PM – a Members Recital sponsored by the Twin Cities American Guild of Organists Chapter, featuring the 81-rank 1970 Schlicker pipe organ at Normandale Lutheran Church (6100 Normandale Road) in Edina, MN.  All welcome/free/donation. 

May 13, Saturday at 7:30PM – the Cathedral Choir, Choral Society and Orchestra, led by resident musician Raymond Johnston, present a season final concert (TBA) at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation.   

May 16, Tuesday at 12:35PM - guest soloist Kathrine Handford (Church of Saint Mark, St. Paul, MN) continues the 2022-2023 season of Tuesday Organ Recitals featuring the 57-rank 1998 Casavant pipe organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (506 Cedar Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free.  

May 17, Wednesday at 12:30 (following noon Mass) – guest soloist Richard Gray (St. John the Evangelist Church, Saint Paul) plays the final concert in the 2022-2023 Noontime Series featuring the 49-rank 2001 Lively-Fulcher pipe organ at the Catholic Church of St. Olaf (215 South 8th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation. 

May 23, Tuesday at 12:35PM - guest soloist Dean Billmeyer concludes the 2022-2023 season of Tuesday Organ Recitals featuring the 57-rank 1998 Casavant pipe organ at the Church of St. Louis, King-of-France (506 Cedar Street) in downtown Saint Paul, MN.  Free. 

May 26, Friday at 7PM –guest soloist Peter Krasinsky plays the 35-rank Möller pipe organ in accompaniment to the first Academy Awarded ‘Best Picture’, the 1927 silent classic “Wings”, at the Cappella Performing Arts Center (the former Methodist Church, at 721 King Street) in La Crosse, Wi.  Free/donation. 

June 4, Sunday at 3PM – guest soloist Raymond Johnston plays a concert on the 50-rank 2008 Noack tracker-action organ in the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (5250 Justin Road) just outside La Crosse, WI.  Free/donation.  

June 10, Saturday at 4PM – guest soloist Joseph Trucano (Westminster Presbyterian, Minneapolis) opens a weekend Bach Tage celebration playing an all-Bach solo concert on the 55-rank 1966 Schlicker organ at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (3045 Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation.

June 10, Saturday at 4PM – resident organist David Cherwien and guest conductor Kathy Romey conclude a weekend Bach Tage celebration with a Service of Evening Prayer including performance of Bach’s Cantata No. 105 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church (3045 Chicago Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation.

July 7, Friday at 7:30PM - internationally acclaimed guest soloist Wayne Marshall plays the grand final concert for the North-Central American Guild of Organists Regional Convention featuring the Aeolian-Skinner concert organ at Northrop on the University of Minnesota’s main campus (84 Church Street SE) in Minneapolis, MN.  Admission.  More details at the Northrop Box Office online.

July 9, Sunday at 3PM – resident musician Scott Turkington plays a concert on the 50-rank 2008 Noack tracker-action organ in the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (5250 Justin Road) just outside La Crosse, WI.  Free/donation. 

August 13, Sunday at 3PM – guest soloist Christopher Ganza plays a concert on the 50-rank 2008 Noack tracker-action organ in the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (5250 Justin Road) just outside La Crosse, WI.  Free/donation. 

September 17, Sunday at 3:30 – guest soloist Jacob Benda plays a concert on the 91-rank 2010 Noack mechanical-action pipe organ in the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman (530 Main Street) in La Crosse, WI.  Free/donation. 

October 15, Sunday at 3PM – resident musician Scott Turkington plays a concert on the 50-rank 2008 Noack tracker-action organ in the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (5250 Justin Road) just outside La Crosse, WI.  Free/donation. 

October 22, Sunday at 3:30 – guest soloist Alexander Meszler plays a concert on the 91-rank 2010 Noack mechanical-action pipe organ in the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman (530 Main Street) in La Crosse, WI.  Free/donation.  

November 12, Sunday at 3:30 – guest soloist James D. Hicks plays a concert of Scandinavian music on the 91-rank 2010 Noack mechanical-action pipe organ in the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman (530 Main Street) in La Crosse, WI.  Free/donation.  

November 19, Sunday at 4PM – internationally acclaimed American recitalist Nathan Laube (Eastman School of Music faculty) presents a concert on the 55-rank 1965 Phelps-Casavant organ at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (4100 Lyndale Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation.