Thomas Wikman

The Paul Manz Organ Series

Season Opens Tuesday for Paul Manz Organ Series

October 1, 2009 -- Artistic Director Thomas Wikman will launch a new season of the Paul Manz Organ Series with a free midday concert Tuesday, October 6, 2009.

Concerts begin at 12:20 pm/CT and end at 1:00 pm/CT on the first Tuesday of each month at the Lutheran School of Theology, 1100 E 55th ST in Chicago.  First Tuesday dates run through May 2010.  Future dates are November 3, December 1, January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6, and May 4.

Named in honor of the renowned Lutheran church musician, the series features artists from Europe as well as local performers.   The Lutheran School's Augustana Chapel was remodeled for the 2004 installation of a versatile new pipe organ by M.L. Bigelow, named for Paul Manz and his wife, Ruth.  "Ruth and I thoroughly support this series," said Manz in a letter to Wikman.  "Inviting distinguished organists to make the art of music come alive falls into an honored tradition going back to the time of Bach."

A Danish organist launched the prestigious new series in October 2007.  Sven-Ingvart Mikkelsen is Organist of the Royal Chapel at Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark.  "Organ music is a thriving art form in Europe," says Wikman, who has spent many summers giving concerts in Italy, Germany, France, Scandinavia and other European countries.   "My dream has been to build concert series here in the European style."  More >>

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Thomas Wikman and Sven-Ingvart Mikkelsen Sven-Ingvart Mikkelsen at LSTC