Pipe organ tour schedules performances

Fargo-based production company, Prairie Airwaves, announces the “Bach on the Bakken” pipe organ tour, scheduled for stops in four western North Dakota cities, Sept. 12 through  15.Posted September 12, 2013

Fargo-based production company, Prairie Airwaves, announces the “Bach on the Bakken” pipe organ tour, scheduled for stops in four western North Dakota cities, Sept. 12 through  15.

The “Bach on the Bakken” tour will be in Dickinson on Friday, Sept. 13at 7 p.m. at  St. John’s Lutheran  Church, 146 6th Ave. W.

The concerts will feature Bill Tweten, principal organist at Messiah Lutheran Church in Fargo.  Many residents of the state are familiar with Tweten’s enthusiastic and energetic playing style through his weekly appearances on the Hour of Worship telecast, as seen every Sunday morning, (11 a.m. CT, 10 MTN) on the western ND ABC television network.

Although Tweten will be playing some of Bach’s more famous pipe organ pieces like “Tocatta in D Minor” and “Prelude and Fugue”, the audience needn’t worry about sitting through an evening of long drawn out organ solos.

Tweten said, “I’ve even edited a few of the pieces to make them more digestible to a general audience, and we want to make sure the audience Pianist and Director of Music at Messiah, Jim Gurney, will join Bill for a number of piano/organ duets of popular hymns and folk tunes.    Even though the show is centered around Bach’s organ music, Jim and Bill will also perform patriotic numbers, marches, some popular music  and even lead an audience sing-along or two.  Producer, Merrill Piepkorn, (Dakota Air: The Radio Show/Radio Stars Band), will join the tour as host, adding his own unique brand of humor and emceeing skills to the event.

The “Bach on the Bakken” tour will be in Dickinson on Friday, Sept. 13at 7 p.m. at  St. John’s Lutheran  Church, 146 6th Ave. W.

Piepkorn, also a member of Messiah Lutheran, said, “Bill Tweten’s organ playing is so popular, that worshippers stay after the service just to enjoy his postlude, enjoying a special “mini-concert” every Sunday.  We are all looking forward to the tour…meeting old friends and making new ones.”  Tweten adds, “I’m really looking forward to playing some of the finest pipe organ music ever composed on some of the state’s finest pipe organs, and I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy this unique event”.

The “Bach on the Bakken” pipe organ tour is sponsored by the North Dakota Council on the Arts, The Messiah Lutheran Hour of Worship, The Western ND Synod of the ELCA and the four host churches.  The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.  There is no admission charge but a free will offering will be accepted.