Wednesday Afternoon Excursions

Afternoon Excursion Options for Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 1:00pm

Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA)

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The James Ford Bell Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture,
Eike Schmidt, PhD will lead our group ona special tour featuring Catholic highlights. You will also be able to see The Basilica of Saint Mary’s The Visit of the Magi (Germany, 16th C.) painting, on loan to the MIA.

The MIA features one of the finest wide-ranging collections of approximately 80,000 objects comprised of paintings, photographs, prints, drawings, textiles, architecture and decorative arts in the country. From Monet to Matisse, Asian to African, 40,000-year-old artifacts to world famous masterpieces, the MIA links the past to the present and enables global conversations. Learn more here.


Organ Crawl and Composer’s Reading Session

Organ in St. Mary's Chapel

Our tour will begin with a visit to the Saint Paul Seminary Chapel to experience the superb acoustics and sample Fritz Noack’s Opus 136 of two manuals and 22 stops. Learn about the Noack organ.

We will then travel to the Cathedral of Saint Paul which includes a presentation and demonstration of the 1927 Ernest M. Skinner Opus 518 Sanctuary Organ and the 1963 Aeolian Skinner Opus 1398 gallery organ. Quimby Pipe Organ Co. of Warrensburg, Missouri, recently completed a comprehensive restoration of these organs and made significant tonal additions with the provision of new twin four-manual consoles in both Sanctuary and Gallery locations. The excursion concludes with a composer’s reading session in the St. Paul Cathedral Sanctuary.