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Katie Moss plays American Tunes
Oct 15 @ 12:30 PM – 1:10 PM
Katie Moss plays American Tunes

Organist Katie Moss plays some of DET’s Early American Tunes, chorale preludes on American melodies, on “noontime” recitals at St. Olaf Catholic Church, Minneapolis (Oct. 2) and The Church of St. Louis, King of France, St. Paul (Oct. 15). Also music by Bruhns, Bach and Franck.

Wednesday, October 2
12:30 PM – 1:10 PM
St. Olaf Catholic Church
215 S. 8TH S, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Tuesday, October 15
12:35 PM – 1:00 PM
The Church of St. Louis, King of France
506 Cedar St, St Paul, MN 55101

Dr. Katie Moss, an accomplished and versatile recitalist, has performed as a solo organist across the United States. As a performer, she is passionate about bringing sacred music to life through energetic interpretation, immaculate technical preparation, and informed programming. Recent performances include the Musforum Conference of Women in Church Music (St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN), the Basilica of St. Mary (Minneapolis, MN), and Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church (Ellison Bay, WI).

Katie received the Doctor of Music degree in 2019 from Indiana University, where her primary teacher was Dr. Christopher Young. She completed her doctoral document “Of Things Hoped for” on the works of Minneapolis-based composer, David Evan Thomas, whose works she regularly performs. She also studied organ with Dr. John Behnke and piano with Dr. Michael Thiele at Concordia University in Mequon, WI, where she received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (2010). She is a certified Parish Musician in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.

Katie is the recipient of numerous awards; these include winner of the Milwaukee Music Teachers’ Association Young Artists Competition (piano), winner of the 2011 Schubert Club Student Scholarship Competition, second place winner in the 2011 American Guild of Organists Region VI Young Artists Competition, and recipient of the St. Luke Goulding & Wood Scholarship (2010-2015).

She is actively involved in numerous professional organizations, including the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In the summer of 2019, she was a finalist in the Emerging Scholars Forum hosted by the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada for her research paper titled, “Extra-Ordinary: Strophic Paraphrases of the Ordinary of the Mass.”

Katie currently serves as organist and handbell director at Messiah Church in Plymouth, MN.

Marilyn Biery Plays “Simple Gifts” in Chicago @ Fourth Presbyterian Church
Oct 18 @ 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM
Marilyn Biery Plays "Simple Gifts" in Chicago @ Fourth Presbyterian Church

Organist Marilyn Biery plays Variations on Simple Gifts in recital at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, part of the GIA Fall Institute. Hear music by composers with Chicago connections at Fourth Presbyterian Church, featuring Comes Autumn Time by Leo Sowerby, organist-choirmaster at St. James Episcopal Cathedral from 1927-1962, as well as associate organist at Fourth Presbyterian in 1919, Pavane by Richard Proulx, who had a long association with Holy Name Cathedral, Fanfare, Variations and Toccata on “Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding” by James Biery, In Quiet Mood by Florence B. Price, the first African-American woman to have a work performed by a major orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, in 1933 and Thomas’s Variations on Simple Gifts.

Friday, October 18, 2019 at 2:15 PM
Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, IL 60611

Marilyn Biery, AAGO, ASCAPlus award winner, was born in Elmhurst, Illinois, in 1959. Her childhood years were spent in Sandwich, Illinois, where her father, a Presbyterian minister, was pastor of The Federated Church.  Her organ training began there, with Norma Washburn Kentner, a student of Robert Reeves at Northern Illinois University.  She is a Pi Kappa Lambda graduate of Northwestern University with Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Organ Performance, where she studied with Richard Enright and Grigg Fountain.  In 1982 she was a finalist in the National Open Competition in Organ Playing, sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.  Marilyn has served as Director of Music Ministries at The First Church of Christ in Hartford, Connecticut, Associate Director of Music at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Minister of Music at Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Detroit, Michigan, and is currently Music Director/Organist at Fort Street Presbyterian Church in Detroit.  She holds the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in organ performance from the University of Minnesota, and has been on the music faculty at Wayne State University.  Marilyn is a former Director of the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, sponsored by the AGO.

Marilyn has collaborated with a number of American composers, including Libby Larsen, David Evan Thomas, Stephen Paulus, Pamela Decker and James Hopkins.  A series of her articles on American Organ Music was printed in The American Organist from July 2000 to June 2003; other articles have been published in The Diapason, on composer Harold Stover, organ professor Grigg Fountain, and the late Roy Johnson, former organ professor at the University of Arizona.


Lux Quartet Premieres 3rd Quartet @ The Baroque Room
Nov 9 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Lux Quartet Premieres 3rd Quartet @ The Baroque Room

The Lux String Quartet (Erika Blanco and Stephanie Skor, violins; Kirsti Petraborg, viola; Eric Graf, cello) premieres David Evan Thomas’s String Quartet No. 3, Una corda

Saturday, November 9 @ 3 PM
The Baroque Room
275 East 4th Street #280, St. Paul
Tickets at door, $30

Also on the program: Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor, Opus 10.

Lux String Quartet is a Twin-Cities based ensemble, bringing a dynamic edge to performance and education since 2013.  As avid recitalists, Lux maintains an active presence in a wide array of musical spheres, from concert halls and churches, to coffee shops and podcasts. Their concert series, “Lattes with Lux,” established an enthusiastic fan base and is currently hosted by several local, independent coffee houses around the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

A wide spectrum of musical backgrounds and tastes contributes to the group’s creativity, which is reflected in their collaborative projects with other artists. In addition to presenting classical repertoire, Lux  frequently collaborates with other musicians, actors, and composers to perform contemporary works, pushing boundaries of presentation, form, and aesthetic.

Dedicated to music education and instilling a love for their art in the next generation, Lux String Quartet presents at elementary schools and other music education programs. They have served as quartet-in-residence at Augsburg University Suzuki Talent Education and the Oskaloosa Music Festival.

Thomas’s quartet is a lyrical experiment and a pun, asking the players to play—as much as is practical—on only one string: una corda. The piano has an una corda pedal, which moves the dampers to allow only one string to be struck. Transferred to strings, the first movement of this work is played on each instrument’s lowest string, the G (for violin) or C (viola and cello). Movement II is played the middle two strings. The final movement uses only the highest string.

With “light” its very name, it’s particularly appropriate that the Lux Quartet is presenting the premiere of this work.

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