Pipedreams Regional Organ Events Calendar

Upcoming organ events in and around Minnesota.

Calendar

Last updated on June 29, 2022.

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

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Our Sunday morning MPR broadcasts of PIPEDREAMS are made possible by Members and Friends of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists with information online at TCAGO.org

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 4, Monday at 4PM – resident musician Timothy Short presents a program of patriotic tunes in this first of four summer concerts on the Noyes Memorial Carillon at House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.

July 5, Tuesday at 12:10PM – guest soloist David Fienen (Gustavus Adolphus College), plays a noontime recital on the 59 rank Hendrickson organ at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church (105 N. 5th Street) in Mankato, MN. Sponsored by the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free will donation. 

July 6, Wednesday at noon – in the fourth event of the 38th season of the Organs In Revue summer concerts, Lanae Ronchetti plays at St. James Episcopal Church (2028 Seventh Avenue East) in Hibbing, MN.  Donations are accepted for the local Claribel Hamilton Organ Scholarship Fund. 

July 6, Wednesday at 12:15PM – the first in a series of seven half-hour programs in the 15th season of Summer Northfield Noontime Concerts features Stephen May and the 1916 Steere-1952 Möller-2018 Rutz pipe organ in Skinner Chapel on the campus of Carleton College in Northfield, MN.  Free/donation. 

July 6, Wednesday at 12:15PM – guest soloist Matthew Haider (Our Savior’s Lutheran, Chicago) plays the first of four Summer Organ Concerts on the 51-rank Schantz pipe organ at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church (17205 County Road 6) in Plymouth, MN.  Free/donation.

July 10, Sunday at 3:30PM – guest organist Nicholas Will (Mount St. Mary Seminary, MD) plays the second of three concerts in the summer series featuring the 71-rank 2010 Noack pipe organ at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman (530 Main Street) in La Crosse, WI.  Free/donation.

July 10, Sunday at 4PM – guest soloist Laura Ellis (University of Florida) presents the second of four summer concerts on the Noyes Memorial Carillon at House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN. 

July 12, Tuesday at 12:10PM – resident musician Grace Kunkel (Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Mankato), plays a noontime recital on the 59 rank Hendrickson organ at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church (105 N. 5th Street) in Mankato, MN. Sponsored by the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free will donation.

July 13, Wednesday at noon – in the fifth event of the 38th season of the Organs In Revue summer concerts, Amy Szumal plays at Faith Lutheran Church (8964 MN Highway 37) in Iron Junction, MN.  Donations are accepted for the local Claribel Hamilton Organ Scholarship Fund.

July 13, Wednesday at 12:15PM – the second in a series of seven half-hour programs in the 15th season of Summer Northfield Noontime Concerts features Sarah Palmer and the 89-rank 2007 Holtkamp Organ in Boe Memorial Chapel on the campus ofd St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.  Free/donation. 

July 13, Wednesday at 12:15PM – guest soloist Christopher Wallace (Our Lady of Grace Church, Edina, MN) plays the second of four Summer Organ Concerts on the 51-rank Schantz pipe organ at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church (17205 County Road 6) in Plymouth, MN.  Free/donation. 

July 17, Sunday at 4PM – guest soloist Keiran Cantilina (Cleveland, OH) presents the third of four summer concerts on the Noyes Memorial Carillon at House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.

July 19, Tuesday at 12:10PM – guest soloist Elisabeth Urtel (Bethany Lutheran College), plays a noontime recital on the 59 rank Hendrickson organ at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church (105 N. 5th Street) in Mankato, MN. Sponsored by the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free will donation.

July 20, Wednesday at noon – in the final event of the 38th season of the Organs In Revue summer concerts, Brian Kapp plays the Wicks organ at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church (2310 Seventh Avenue East) in Hibbing, MN.  Donations are accepted for the local Claribel Hamilton Organ Scholarship Fund.

July 20, Wednesday at 12:15PM – guest soloist Richard Collman plays a noonday concert on the historic Hinners organ in the Valley Grove Church (9999 15th Street East) in Nerstrand, MN. 

July 20, Wednesday at 12:15PM – guest soloist Karen Black (Wartburg College, Waverly, IA) plays the third of four Summer Organ Concerts on the 51-rank Schantz pipe organ at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church (17205 County Road 6) in Plymouth, MN.  Free/donation. 

July 24, Sunday at 4PM – resident musician Timothy Short presents the final summer concert on the Noyes Memorial Carillon at House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.

July 26, Tuesday at 12:10PM – guest soloist Craig Hirschmann (Martin Luther College) 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.  

July 27, Wednesday at 12:15PM – the fourth in a series of seven half-hour programs in the 15th season of Summer Northfield Noontime Concerts features Catherine Rodland and the 89-rank 2007 Holtkamp Organ in Boe Memorial Chapel on the campus of St. Olaf  College in Northfield, MN.  Free/donation.  

July 27, Wednesday at 12:15PM – resident soloist Kraig Windschitl plays the final Summer Organ Concert on the 51-rank Schantz pipe organ at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church (17205 County Road 6) in Plymouth, MN.  Free/donation. 

August 2, Tuesday at 12:10PM – guest soloist Kraig Windschitl (St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran 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.  

August 3, Wednesday at 12:15 – the fifth in a series of seven half-hour programs in the 15th season of Summer Northfield Noontime Concerts features and the 8-rank 1967 Reuter pipe organ at All Saints Episcopal Church (419 Washington Street) in Northfield, MN.  Free/donation. 

August 7, Sunday at 3:30PM – guest organist Samuel Holmberg (Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis) plays the final concert in the summer series featuring the 71-rank 2010 Noack pipe organ at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman (530 Main Street) in La Crosse, WI.  Free/donation. 

August 9, Tuesday at 12:10PM – 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.  

August 10, Wednesday at 12:15 – the sixth in a series of seven half-hour programs in the 15th season of Summer Northfield Noontime Concerts features Nathan Proctor and the 26-rank 1991 Dobson organ at St. John’s Lutheran Church (500 West Third Street) in Northfield, MN.  Free/donation. 

August 17, Wednesday at 12:15 – the last in a series of seven half-hour programs in the 15th season of Summer Northfield Noontime Concerts features Noah Klein and the 52-rank 1876 Johnson-1958 Schlicker-1992 Rutz pipe organ in First United Church of Christ (300 Union Street) in Northfield, MN.  Free/donation. 

September 15, Thursday at 7:30PM – internationally acclaimed American recitalist Stephen Tharp plays the newly expanded 112-rank Holtkamp-Pasi pipe organ in St. John’s Abbey Church, Collegeville, MN.  Free.  Come early at 6:45PM for a demonstration by Fr. Robert Koopmann and Pipedreams host Michael Barone of the differences between the original Holtkamp organ sounds and those of the Martin Pasi additions.

September 17, Saturday at 7:30PM – guest soloist Arjen Breukhoven (from the Netherlands) plays the 57-rank Brunzema-Casavant mechanical-action organ at Dordt University (498 Fourth Avenue NE) in Sioux Center, IA.  Free. 

September 18, Sunday at 2:30PM - guest artist Christopher Jacobson (Duke University Chapel) presents solo concert on the 87-rank Foley Baker organ at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (519 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation.  

September 23, Friday at 7:30PM – guest soloist Bradley Hunter Welch plays a solo concert on the 67-rank Blackington concert pipe organ in the Great Hall of Bethel University (3900 Bethel Drive) in Arden Hills, MN. 

September 25, Sunday at 4PM – members of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists present a Gala Concert (with TCAGO Member dinner afterwards)  featuring the 108-rank 1929 Casavant-2001 Schantz pipe organ at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (900 Stillwater Road) in Mahtomdei, MN.  Details TBA. 

October 1, Saturday at 7PM – internationally acclaimed guest soloist Wolfgang Rübsam presents an all-Bach concert (including his new transcription of the entire Orchestral Suite No. 2 in b, BWV 1067) to open the Chapel Arts Series playing on 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.  

October 7, Friday at 7:30PM – British organ recitalist Oliver Brett plays a concert on the 87-stop Foley-Baker instrument at the Cathedral of Saint Mark (5:19 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation.

October 9, Sunday at 4PM – guest recitalist Bruce Neswick (recently retired from Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, OR) plays a solo concert on the 29-rank Dobson pipe organ at Christ Church Lutheran-ELCA (3240 34th Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation.  

October 15, Saturday at 7:30PM – guest soloist Damin Spritzer (from the University of Oklahoma) plays the 57-rank Brunzema-Casavant mechanical-action organ at Dordt University (498 Fourth Avenue NE) in Sioux Center, IA.  Free. 

October 16, Sunday at 3:00PM – guest soloist  Douglas Cleveland 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.  

October 25, Tuesday at 7:30PM – guest recitalist Vincent Dubois (one of the three titulaire organists serving Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris) will play a solo concert on the magnificent 86-rank Quimby-Skinner pipe organ of the Cathedral of St. Paul (239 Selby Avenue) in Saint Paul, MN.  Donation.

October 30, Sunday at 7PM – guest soloist Dennis James accompanies the 1922 silent film classic, Nosferatu, A Symphony of Terror, featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ at the Phipps Center for the Arts (109 Locust Street) in Hudson, WI.  Admission.

November 18, Friday at 7:30PM – recitalist and internationally acclaimed recording artist Jeremy Filsell (St. Thomas Church, NYC) plays a concert on the 87-stop Foley-Baker instrument at the Cathedral of Saint Mark (5:19 Oak Grove) in Minneapolis, MN.  Free/donation.

December 20, Tuesday at 7:30PM – back for a second year, the Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble presents A Brass and Organ Holiday featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ at the Phipps Center for the Arts (109 Locust Street) in Hudson, WI.  Admission. 

February 7, Tuesday at 7:30PM – guest virtuoso soloist Isabelle Demers (McGill University) plays 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-contact Northrop ticket office. 

March 18, Saturday from 9AM-5PM – the annual Before Bach’s Birthday Bash, a sequence of five hour-long concerts at various venues in the Twin Cities.  Details TBA.

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 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 23, Sunday at 3:00PM – 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.  

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.