Music Series


The Lake Wobegon Brass Band in Concert

Friday, October 7, 7:30pm

Join us for the first Music at Christ Church event of the season:
The Lake Wobegon Brass Band in Concert. The event is free.
An offering will be collected to benefit the Sheridan Story weekend food program at Howe Elementary in the Longfellow Neighborhood. All are welcome!

Mardi Gras with Longfellow Jazz

Sunday, February 26, 3:00pm

Come for an afternoon of engaging jazz that you won’t forget.
New Orleans has Mardi Gras; Brazil has Carnival. Celebrate these fabulous musical traditions with a benefit concert at 3pm on Sunday 26 February. Topflight local musicians will transport you to New Orleans and beyond.
Musicians include Bill Simenson (Trumpet), Pete Whitman (Tenor sax), Dave Graf (Trombone), Ted Godbout (Piano), Bruce Heine (Bass), Dave Schmalenberger (Drums), and Judi Vinar (Vocals).

The concert is free. An offering will be taken to support the Semilla Arts Program—an outreach program of St. Paul’s Lutheran in the Phillips Neighborhood that teaches hundreds of youth and adults each year in mosaics, photography, creative writing, and other art forms. Together they seek to create public art that reflects the hope of the community.
Invite family, friends, and neighbors.

Evening Prayer with Siri Caltvedt and Friends

Sunday, April 2, 4:30pm

Siri Caltvedt, soprano
John David DeHaan, tenor
Thomas Bartsch, piano

On the fifth Sunday in Lent, we gather in a service of evening prayer to sing a timeless liturgy and hear a performance of Benjamin Britten’s Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac.
Composed in 1952, Canticle II relates the Old Testament story of God testing Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his beloved, longed-for son. In the church’s liturgy, this story has been heard at the Vigil of Easter. Britten’s musical reflection on this deeply moving story offers a fitting station along our Lenten journey to the cross and resurrection.


Wolfgang: Mozart’s Opera Overtures

Saturday, May 13, 7:30pm

Paul Jacobson, traverso (18th century flute)
Stanley King, oboe
Mary Sorlie, violin
Jennifer Kalika, viola
Laura Handler, violoncello
Gail Olszewski, fortepiano

The WolfGang returns to Christ Church Lutheran for another magical evening of Mozart. The program will include new transcriptions for The WolfGang (by Paul Jacobson) of the overtures to The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni and Mozart’s ethereal “Grand Partita.”

The WolfGang performs instrumental chamber music from the time of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, playing on musical instruments of the type that were used during Mozart’s life and in a style that “fits” that era. A Twin Cities-based ensemble, The WolfGang has been performing, recording, and touring for two decades. They play on classical era flutes, oboes, strings, and keyboard. The keyboardist plays a replica of a Stein fortepiano like several of the pianos that Mozart himself played in Vienna. The three string players use violin, viola, and cello which are either from the 18th century or are carefully modeled after 18th century instruments. The flutist and oboist play on modern replicas of instruments made by some of the great woodwind makers of the late 18th century.

To hear The WolfGang is to enter into a time warp which echoes the sounds of Mozart’s time. All that’s missing are the wigs, waistcoats, trusses, and candles.

The Rose Ensemble

Date: To Be Determined