Pipedreams Regional Organ Events Calendar

Upcoming organ events in and around Minnesota.

Calendar

Last updated on May 12, 2021.

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.

May 15, 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.  Live streamed on the Chapel’s Facebook page.

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 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 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.  

May 25, Tuesday at 7:30PM – resident faculty organist Professor Dean Billmeyer plays a program that includes music of Bach performed in Karl Straube’s uniquely Romantic idiom, as well as a variety of works that illustrate the palette of 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. 

June 8, Tuesday at 12:10 PM - Grace Kunkel (Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Mankato) plays a noontime recital on the 44 rank Hendrickson organ at Grace Lutheran Church (110 N. 4th Street) in Mankato, MN. Sponsored by the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free will donation.  Mask and social distancing required.

June 8, Tuesday at 12:15PM – soloist Carolyn Diamond (Minneapolis) inaugurates the 2021 Downtown Summer Organ Recital Series at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 6th Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

June 13, Sunday at 3:320PM – guest soloist Brent Nolte (Ohio Christian University) plays the first 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. 

June 15, Tuesday at 12:10 PM - Chad Winterfeldt (Gustavus Adolphus College) plays a noontime recital on the 44 rank Hendrickson organ at Grace Lutheran Church (110 N. 4th  Street) in Mankato, MN. Sponsored by the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free will donation.  Mask and social distancing required. 

June 15, Tuesday at 12:15PM – soloist Emily Roth (student, University of MN) continues the 2021 Downtown Summer Organ Recital Series at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 6th Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

June 22, Tuesday at 12:10 PM – David Fienen (Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter) plays a noontime recital on the 44 rank Hendrickson organ at Grace Lutheran Church (110 N. 4th Street) in Mankato, MN. Sponsored by the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free will donation.  Mask and social distancing required. 

June 22, Tuesday at 12:15PM – soloist Daniel Lewis (St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Winona) continues the 2021 Downtown Summer Organ Recital Series at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 6th Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

June 29, Tuesday at 12:10 PM – resident musician Garrett Steinberg(Mankato) plays a noontime recital on 13 rank Hoppe instrument at Christ the King Lutheran Church (222 Pfau Street) Mankato, MN. Sponsored by the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free will donation.  Mask and social distancing required.

June 29, Tuesday at 12:15PM – soloist James Bobb (Associate Professor, St. Olaf College) continues the 2021 Downtown Summer Organ Recital Series at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 6th Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

July 6, Tuesday at 12:10 PM – David Mertesdorf (Minneapolis) plays a noontime recital on the 13 rank Hoppe pipe organ at Christ the King Lutheran Church (222 Pfau Street) Mankato, MN. Sponsored by the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free will donation.  Mask and social distancing required.

July 13, Tuesday at 12:10 PM – Thomas Andrews (Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, New Ulm) plays a noontime recital on the 13 rank Hoppe pipe organ at Christ the King Lutheran Church (222 Pfau Street) Mankato, MN. Sponsored by the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free will donation.  Mask and social distancing required.

July 13, Tuesday at 12:15PM – soloist Nathan Elsbernd (student, Luther College, Decorah) continues the 2021 Downtown Summer Organ Recital Series at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 6th Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

July 18, Sunday at 3:30 PM – guest soloist James Brian Smith (Evanston, IL) plays the second 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. 

July 20, Tuesday at 12:10 PM – Sean Connolly (St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye) plays a noontime recital on the 13 rank Hoppe pipe organ at Christ the King Lutheran Church (222 Pfau Street) Mankato, MN. Sponsored by the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Free will donation.  Mask and social distancing required.

July 20, Tuesday at 12:15PM – soloist Stephen Distad (Memorial Drive United Methodist, Houston) continues the 2021 Downtown Summer Organ Recital Series at Trinity Lutheran Church (222 6th Avenue SW) in Rochester, MN.  Free/donation. 

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. 

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 17, Tuesday at 12:15PM – soloist Zachariah Hastings (Pacific Hills Lutheran, Omaha) 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 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 Klingemanand Jacob Berns.  The public is invited, 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 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.

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 17, Sunday at 2PM – in collaboration with the University of Minnesota and the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, acclaimed recitalist Hector Olivera plays 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 (612) 624-2345 or check the Northrop Calendar online for in-person ticket and streaming information.  In addition to Mr. Olivera’s performance, the program begins with a premiere viewing of a spectacular new TCAGO-produced video documentary of the Northrop Organ. 

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.

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. 

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.

April 10, 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.