UST organists featured in "Bach Birthday Bash" concerts March 21

Dr. David Jenkins, right, will play the Noack organ above in a "Bach Birthday Bash" concert at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 21.

UST organists featured in "Bach Birthday Bash" concerts March 21

Two noted organists from St. Thomas are featured in "Bach Birthday Bash," a sequence of five hourlong concerts at churches on and near St. Paul's Summit Avenue to celebrate the 324th anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach.

The Twin Cities chapter of the American Guild of Organists and Michael Barone, executive producer and host of American Public Media's "Pipedreams" radio program, present the concerts on Saturday, March 21.

The first concert, from 9 to 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Chapel, features organist Dr. David Jenkins, director of liturgical music at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity at St. Thomas. The concert will be broadcast live on Minnesota Public Radio, 99.5 FM.

Jenkins will perform on the Noack organ in St. Mary's Chapel, with a Bach Society chamber group led by Paul Boehnke and a contingent of the National Lutheran Choir led by David Cherwin.

Dr. James Callahan

The second concert, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, will feature organists Timothy Buendorf and Dr. James Callahan, professor emeritus of music at St. Thomas, on the chapel's Kney organ.

The organs in both chapels are considered among the best in the Twin Cities.

Other concerts follow at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, Unity Unitarian Church and House of Hope Presbyterian Church.

All are free and open to the public. Learn more on the "Pipedreams" Web site.