Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of continuous weekly national broadcasts of PIPEDREAMS with a free festive concert of music for organ and orchestra, featuring the 67-rank Blackinton pipe organ in Benson Great Hall on the campus of Bethel University in Arden Hills, MN. Repertoire includes Samuel Barber’s Toccata Festiva, William Bolcom’s Humoresk, Franz Liszt’s Hunnenschlacht and Joseph Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante Op. 81. Soloists include Aaron David Miller, Brenda Sevcik, Stephen Self and Michael Barone. William Eddins conducts. General admission is free but ticket reservations are required. Ample parking is available in both the West and East lots on the Bethel University campus.
Doors to the auditorium open 1:30pm. Anyone arriving earlier can wait in the lobby area.
Concert begins at 2:00pm and will end by 4:00pm (including a 15min intermission). The show is General Admission, there is no reserved seating.
Reception with light refreshments to follow the performance!
Find detailed listings of many upcoming organ concerts at www.pipedreams.org/calendar. In particular, these additional organ-and-orchestra programs also celebrate the 40th Anniversary of PIPEDREAMS:
February 25 at 3PM – the Organ Concerto by former Minnesota composer Gerald Near (along with Symphony No. 1 by Florence Price) is presented by the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis (Cary Franklin, conductor) and featuring soloist Samuel Backman and the 44-rank Reuter pipe organ at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (4801 France Avenue South) in Minneapolis, MN. Free/donation.
May 4, Saturday at 7PM – as the finale of the St. Thomas Chapel Arts Series, resident musician Jacob Benda plays concertos by G. F. Handel, Howard Hanson, and Naji Hakim with the St. Thomas Festival Orchestra led by Matthew George, featuring the 56-rank 1987 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.