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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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Music and Fine Arts Series 20162017


Sunday, October 2, 2016, 4:00 pm
Organ Recital: John Schwandt

A reprise of the dedicatory recital for Mount Olive’s Schlicker organ, this program duplicates the literature played at that recital 50 years ago by Paul O. Manz on October 2, 1966.
John Schwandt is Associate Professor of Music and Director for the American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma. A reception follows the concert in the church’s Chapel Lounge.

Friday-Saturday, October 28-29, 2016
Manz Tage

A two-day celebration of the life and ministry of Paul O. Manz (1919-2009), Mount Olive Cantor from 1946-1983.

Friday, October 28, 2016: Hymn Festival (free and open to the public)
The National Lutheran Choir, David Cherwien, Organist and Director

Saturday, October 29, 2016: Conference with keynote address and workshops. Information and registration for this conference is available by visiting and accessing the home page link to “Manz Tage.”


Sunday, November 27, 2016, 4:00 pm
Advent Procession Service
Mount Olive Cantorei, David Cherwien, director and organist

Mark the season with a solemn procession and a series of lessons and carols for Advent. Candles, incense, and beautiful music help draw all into this season of hope in the darkest time of the year.


Sunday, February 5, 2017, 4:00 pm
Martin Luther's Musical World: Music of Josquin des Prez, Henrich Isaac, and Johann Hermann Schein
Consortium Carissimi

Consortium Carissimi is a Twin Cities-based organization of mixed voices and instrumentalists performing repertoire from the Italian-Roman sacred and secular music of the 16th and 17th centuries. In this year, Christians worldwide commemorate the 500th Anniversary of Luther’s reformation. Des Prez and Isaac were contemporaries of Luther; he highly regarded them both, especially Josquin. Johann Schein was the next generation of that tradition. A reception follows the concert in the church’s Chapel Lounge.


Sunday, March 5, 2017, 4:00 pm
Lent Procession Service
Mount Olive Cantorei, David Cherwien, organist and director

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


Sunday, April 30, 2017, 4:00 pm
Music for Flute and Harp
Linda Chatterton, flute, and Rachel Brandwein, harp

Linda Chatterton and Rachel Brandwein have been performing together since 2013. Individually, each has performed with numerous groups throughout the Twin Cities and given recitals throughout the U.S. and around the world. Their duo collaboration has included concert tours in the U.S. and Hong Kong, and an upcoming CD project. This concert includes the Minneapolis premiere of a new work written for them by Hong Kong composer Wendy Lee, American works by Vincent Persichetti, Chen Yi, Alan Hovhaness, Charles Rochester Young, and French composer Eugene Bozza. A reception follows the concert in the church’s Chapel Lounge.


June 3-4, 2017
Eleventh Annual Bach Tage

We begin the second decade of this annual two-day conference committed to the study, rehearsal, and performance of the music of Bach. Attending the conference each year are teachers, conductors, choristers, instrumentalists, and individuals who simply enjoy the opportunity to study, learn, and sing the music of the great Kantor of Leipzig. Contact the church office for more information, by email at, or by calling (612) 827-5919.

Saturday, June 3, 4:00 p.m.
All-Bach Recital by Organist James Bobb

The Anniversary Year of concerts and programs celebrating the fiftieth year of Mount Olive's 66-rank Schlicker organ concludes with this recital by Dr. James Bobb, Assistant Professor of Music at St. Olaf College.

Sunday, June 4, 4:00 pm
Evening Prayer with Bach Cantatas
Conference participants, The Bach Tage Orchestra, and vocal soloists are led by Conductor Kathy Salzmann Romey, Professor at The University of Minnesota and conductor of The Minnesota Chorale. Organist for the Evening Prayer is Cantor David Cherwien.

Two lesser-known but exquisitely beautiful cantatas will be sung during the service: Cantata 6, Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden! ("Stay with Us, for Evening is Falling!"), and Cantata 68, Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt ("For God has so Loved the World").

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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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