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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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Sunday, October 12, 2014 – 4:00 pm
Organ Recital: Aaron David Miller, Organist

Works of Bach, Sweelinck, Gigout, and improvisation


Dr. Aaron David Miller is Music Director and Organist at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is known as one of the finest organ improvisers in the country, having won several international awards and given concerts across the nation. Dr. Miller's performances have been heard on Pipe Dreams and numerous television programs.  The improvisation for this concert will be an on-the-spot creation, using themes gathered from the audience!  Don’t miss it!  A reception will follow.




Sunday, November 30, 2014– 4:00 pm
Advent Procession Service

Mount Olive Cantorei, David Cherwien, director and organist

As the year turns toward its darkest point, the Church also gathers in hope for the coming of the Light of the world. In this Advent service of prayer and Word, song and incense, Mount Olive’s Cantorei lead worshippers into this season of preparation and anticipation. Come, and wait, and see.



Friday, January 9, 2015, 7:30 pm

Hymn Festival - "Time: God's Holy Creature"

Mount Olive Cantorei

David Cherwien, organist and director

Reflections by Susan Palo Cherwien


As the opening event of the 2015 Conference on Liturgy, this hymn festival continues the tradition began by Mount Olive predecessor Cantor, Paul Manz with a creative combination of congregational song, choir, imaginative organ improvisation and accompaniment, and thought-provoking reflections.



Sunday, February 15, 2015 – 4:00 p.m.

Bach Vespers, with Cantata 23, Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn

Mount Olive Cantorei and Bach Ensemble

David Cherwien, Conductor

     As the church approaches its annual Lenten journey, it has become a tradition each year to offer a service of prayer, scripture, and song. This year, the service will take the form of Evening Prayer on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, and will include an appropriate selection from the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
   On the Sunday before Lent, February 7, 1723, J.S. Bach was invited to perform a cantata of his own composition as part of his audition for the post of Cantor at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. Bach actually prepared two cantatas for that day, one of which will be heard in this Service of Evening Prayer, Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn.


Sunday, March 15, 2015 – 4:00 p.m.

Jearlyn Steele, vocalist
Billy Steele, piano


     A native of Indiana, Jearlyn relocated to Minnesota and, after much encouragement, ventured out singing in churches, community centers, and nightclubs. This eventually led her to theater where she has performed at such venues as Penumbra Theater of St. Paul, the Old Log Theater in Excelsior, The Historical State Theater in downtown Minneapolis, The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, and the world-renowned Guthrie Theater. Over a decade ago, Jearlyn, along with her siblings, The Steeles, began a successful run of the pop/gospel musical “The Gospel At Colonus," which made its way to Carnegie Hall.



Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7, 2015
The Ninth Annual BACH TAGE

This year, the annual weekend conference on Bach and his music will focus on two cantatas from Bach’s youth. One will be performed in the Saturday concert, the other in the Sunday Cantata Vespers.

Saturday, June 6 - 4:00 pm:
Music of Johann Sebastian Bach Paul Manz
Bach Tage soloists and orchestra

Cantata BWV 196, Der Herr denket an uns
Concerto for Oboe and Violin, BWV 1060R

In addition to the cantata, this concert will include the Concerto in c minor, usually performed in its later version as a concerto for two harpsichords. Here it will be performed in its recently restored original form, as a concerto for violin and oboe.


Sunday, June 7 - 4:00 p.m.

Service of Evening Prayer

Cantata BWV 150, Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, will be performed by the participants in the weekend conference, with soloists and orchestra. Kathy Romey of the University of Minnesota will conduct, with Cantor David Cherwien, organist.

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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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