New Christ Church Organ
The inaugural recital on the new Christ Church pipe organ will be performed by internationally acclaimed organist Gregory Peterson. The recital will take place at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 20, in the church sanctuary, a National Historic Landmark designed by influential architect Eliel Saarinen in 1949. The recital is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception. Christ Church Lutheran is located in the Longfellow neighborhood at 3244 34th Avenue South in Minneapolis.
The new organ is a work of art that will lead congregational singing and perform organ literature in collaboration with choirs and instruments. It contains 29 ranks distributed over 24 stops, totaling 1,730 pipes. The specification is well balanced and reflects the congregation’s Germanic heritage. The design of the console echoes design elements from the interior of the sanctuary.
The new organ was designed and built by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, Lake City, Iowa. Dobson Pipe Organ Builders is increasingly chosen for high-profile projects such as Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Merton College in Oxford, England, and influential St. Thomas Church in New York City. This new organ, their Opus 95, also displays Dobson’s expertise in using the best from the pipe organ tradition while being tailored to the needs of this particular building and community.
Gregory Peterson is a respected leader in the field of church music, Professor of Music, and College Organist at Luther College (Decorah, Iowa). He is an internationally acclaimed recitalist, having performed in important venues around the United States and Europe. Gregory Peterson earned the B.A. degree in music at Luther College and holds the M.M. degree from Yale University in the Institute of Sacred Music. He holds the D.M.A. degree in organ performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa. He undertook additional study at the Summer Institute for French Organ Study and at the Gothenburg International Organ Academy in Sweden.