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Music and Fine Arts Series


The Music and Fine Arts Series is a gift from Mount Olive’s members and friends to the Twin Cities community. Most often the gift takes the form of music, but painting, sculpture, dance and drama may also be offered. The hope is not just that we might share beauty with those around us, but that God’s presence might also be revealed. The series, in that way, intends to share with our community the powerful blend of art and spiritual insight.




Hymn festivals are often included in the series. Other favorites include Evensong with cantatas, Advent and Lent Procession services and programs featuring organ, voice, brass or string ensembles. A concert by jazz trumpeter Charles Lazarus was a special hit during the 2009-2010 season.

The series depends on support from patrons throughout the Twin Cities. (Contributions of $1,000 for guarantors; $500 for contributors; $250 for sponsors; $100 for supporters and $50 for donors are invited.) Contact Mount Olive to find out how you can financially support the Music and Fine Arts Series.


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Friday, September 13, 7:30 pm

The Portland Cello Project

Mount Olive Music and Fine Arts presents cellists doing innovative things with music!! The Portland Cello Project has wowed audiences all over the United States with extravagant performances. The group has built a reputation mixing genres and blurring musical lines and perceptions wherever they go. No two shows are alike, with everything from Beethoven to Arvo Pärt to instrumental covers for Adele, Kanye West and Pantera. Check them out at  A reception follows in the church’s Chapel Lounge.  This event is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken to support the Music and Fine Arts program. 


Sunday, October 20, 4:00 Pm

Organ Recital:  “Toccatas - Scary and Joyous”

Organist John Weaver

John Weaver served as Director of Music ad Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City (1970-2005), Head of the Organ Department at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (1972-2003) and Chair of the Organ Department at the Julliard School (1987-2004).  He is known for his technique, musicianship, stylistic acuity and taste making for interpretations of uncommon clarity, poise and good sense.  This program will include Bach’s d minor Toccata and Fugue, the Boëllmann Suite Gothique,  an original Toccata and the Toccata from the Fifth Symphony by Charles Marie Widor.  Not to be missed!  A reception follows in the church’s Chapel Lounge.  This event is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken to support the Music and Fine Arts program. 



Sunday, December 1, 2013 – 4:00 pm

Advent Procession Service

Mount Olive Cantorei,

William Beckstrand guest director and organist


Mount Olive Cantorei will be led by composer/church musician William Beckstrand in this candle-light prayer service of lessons and carols for Advent.  Mr. Beckstrand is serving as interim musician at Mount Olive during Cantor Cherwien’s sabbatical, in fall of 2013. 



Friday, January 10, 2014, 7:30 pm

Hymn Festival: The Psalms at Full Stretch

Mount Olive Cantorei

David Cherwien, organist and director

Reflections by Rev. Dr. Donald Saliers


As the opening event of the 2014 Conference on Liturgy, this hymn festival continues the tradition begun by Mount Olive's first Cantor, Paul Manz, with a creative combination of congregational song,  choir,  imaginative organ improvisation and accompaniment, and thought-provoking Psalms with reflections by well known author, theologian, and professor, Donald Saliers, of Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. 



Lent Procession Service
Sunday, March 9, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Mount Olive Cantorei, David Cherwien, director and organist

Join us for another contemplative service of lessons and carols—for Lent! Designed especially for those who serve churches as leaders of such events, this is offered as an opportunity to withdraw from the busyness of life to pray, sing, listen, smell and fully enter into the season of Lent—a time to renew our lives as baptized children of God.


Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 4:00 p.m.

The Complete Rameau Concerti

Tami Morse, harpsichord                                                                

Marc Levine, violin

Tulio Rondon, viol da gambe


Virtuoso harpsichordist, Tami Morse, is featured in an exceptional tour de force: a complete performance of the five Harpsichord Concertos of Jean-Philippe Rameau. Unlike the modern concerto requiring a full orchestra, these masterful works, filled with beautiful melodies and exceptional harmonies, are accompanied with perfectly orchestrated baroque violin and viola da gamba parts.



May 31-June 1, 2014

Eighth Annual Bach Tage

Paul Manz

Saturday, May 31, 4:00 p.m.

Organ recital by David Cherwien: “A Pair of Ds” – Toccata and Fugue in d minor – the famous, and the “Dorian” - by J. S. Bach.

Sunday, June 1, 4:00 pm

Bach Cantata Vespers

Guest Conductor, Kathy Romey

Vespers service with Cantata 172, “Erschallet ihr Lieder”

Kathy Romey leads trumpets, timpani, strings, soloists, and choir for this exuberant cantata for Pentecost.  Singers may sign up to rehearse and perform, or simply come to vespers and pray with the help of this amazing work.

Bach Tage is made possible annually through grants from Mount Olive Lutheran Church Foundation.

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Holy: A Hymn Festival

Holy: A Hymn Festival
Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minn.
Friday, January 9, 2004

With the National Lutheran Choir
David Cherwien, Organist and Director



  • "Sanctus" from Missa Solenelle - Jean Langlais
  • Holy Majesty, Before You - WACHET AUF
  • Isaiah In a Vision Did of Old - JESAIA, DEM PROPHETEN
  • Hear Us, O Father - Knut Nystedt
  • You Are Holy, You Are Whole - DU ÄR HELIG
  • He Is the Way - NEW DANCE
  • Gracious Spirit, Heed Our Pleading - NJOO KWETU, ROHO MWEMA
  • Holy God, Holy and Glorious - NELSON
  • Children of Peace - Anne Kilstofte
  • In Sacred Manner - SEATTLE
  • Words of Two Women - Jane Marshall
  • Holy God, We Praise Your Name - GROSSER GOTT

Rev. Theo H. Schroedel


Living the Call:
Poet, Prophet, Priest
A Hymn Festival Honoring
Ruth and Paul Manz
Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minn.
November 24, 2002

Mount Olive Festival Cantorei
David Cherwien, Organist and Director


  • Come to Us, Creative Spirit - CASTLEWOOD
  • Lord, Keep Us Steadfast - ERHALT UNS HERR
  • Lord of Light - ABBOTT'S LEIGH
  • God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens - HOLY MANNA
  • The Journey Was Chosen - HIGHLAND PARK
  • Lord, Thee I Love With All My Heart - HERZLICH LIEB
  • God of Grace and God of Glory - CWM RHONDDA

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