The refinement of the music program has made the Church of Saint Louis a beacon, drawing those whose spirits would be nourished by the sound of glorious liturgical music. The 1998 Casavant Frères Organ, the Laura L'Allier and Raymond Houle memorial organ, continues to draw guest organists from around the country to perform recitals for Concert Series and Tuesday "Lunch-time" Recitals. Some of the works performed have been specially Commissioned pieces which had their debut at the Church of Saint Louis. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy this musical and spiritual experience. For concert information call (651) 224-8847.
Tuesday Organ Recitals
The recitals begin at 12:35 p.m. and last about a half-hour. They are open to the public and there is no admission charge.
April 8, 2014 - Dr. Gregory Mark Peterson
Nef (Nave) from Esquisses Byzantines - Henri Mulet (1878-1967)
From Messe pour les Convents - François Couperin (1668-1733)
Fugue sur la Trompette
Recit de Chromhorne
Trio a 2 dessus de Chromhorne et la basses de Tierce
Dialogue sur la Trompette
Psalm-Prelude, Op. 32, No. 2 - Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
(Text: “But the lowly shall possess the land; they will delight in an abundance of peace” - Ps. 37:11)
Fugue in E-flat, BWV 552 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Dr. Gregory Peterson is Professor of Organ and Church Music, College Organist and Head of the Music Department at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. He plays for daily and Sunday chapel in the College’s Center for Faith and Life on the 42-stop mechanical action organ by Robert Sipe. He also conducts Luther Ringers, which he founded in 2008.
A dedicated and expert professional church musician for more than twenty-five years, Dr. Peterson served the historic Old South Church in Boston, Massachusetts as Organist and Minister of Music from 1997-2005. At Old South he directed the Old South Choir and Old South Ringers and performed regularly with the Old South Brass, Organ and Timpani Ensemble including the ever-popular annual First Night Concerts on New Year’s Eve. Prior to his appointment in Boston he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Christ Chapel Organist at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. He has also been a visiting professor at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington and served churches in Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota and Washington. Gregory Peterson is a an internationally acclaimed recitalist, having performed in important venues including Independent Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama, Trinity Church, Boston, the Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, Massachusetts, the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church), Boston, Old West Church, Boston and New York City's famed Riverside Church and Central Synagogue. European venues include the Berlin Cathedral; Helsinki’s Rock Church; St. Anne’s Church, Warsaw; St. Nicholas Church, Prague; St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, Uppsala Cathedral in Sweden and St. Augustine’s Church, Cardiff. He has also performed at national and regional conferences of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and throughout the United States. He is featured on the critically acclaimed compact discs “Heroic Sounds,” recommended for “nice music superbly played” (Journal of the Association of Anglican Church Musicians) and “Dieterich Buxtehude: A 300th for its “stylistic integrity, energy, strength, clarity, crisp articulation, clear phrasing and well-controlled rhythm” (The American Organist). He is a member of Concert Artist Cooperative of Sebastopol, California.
Gregory Peterson earned the BA degree in music at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. He holds the MM degree from Yale University in the Institute of Sacred Music where he was Hugh Giles Scholar and received the Harry B. Jepson Memorial Scholarship. He holds the DMA degree in organ performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa where was a Rahn Scholar and teaching assistant. He undertook additional study at the Summer Institute for French Organ Study and at the Gothenburg International Organ Academy in Sweden.
|September 2013||10   ||George Fergus|
|24||Kathleen Lee and Brian Carson (French sacred music for soprano and organ.)|
|19||Organ Students of Saint Olaf College|
|January 2014||7||Karl Robson|
|8||Gregory Mark Peterson|