The University of St. Thomas music department invites the public to these free concerts and recitals in March and April:

  • 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4, in O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at the College of St. Catherine, 2004 Randolph Ave.: The St. Thomas bands, directed by Dr. Matthew George, perform a spring concert.

The bands will perform Jean Sibelius’ “Finlandia”; Frank Ticheli’s “Shenandoah”; Piet Swerts’ “Apocalyps II”; Pavel Tchesnokov’s “Hymn of the Cherubim”; Ralph Hultgren’s “Whirr, Whirr, Whirr!”; Roger Cichy’s “Bugs”; “Danzón No. 2″ by Arturo Márquez; and Zo Elliott’s 1943 march, “British Eighth.”

  • 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at Augsburg College Chapel, which is located in Foss Center, on the corner of Riverside Avenue and 22nd Avenue South, Minneapolis: “Woman Voice” is a joint choral concert, featuring women’s choruses from the University of Minnesota and Augsburg College, and women from the St. Thomas Concert Choir.

  • 8:15 p.m. Monday, April 3, in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas on the St. Thomas campus in St. Paul: Award-winning, young British organist David Goode, who since 1996 has been sub-organist of Christ Church, Oxford, England, will present a recital of works by Walton, Franz Schmidt, Messiaen, D’Indy, Vierne and Nibelle.

Goode, born in 1971, was a music scholar at Eton College in England. He studied organ at King’s College, Cambridge, graduating in 1994 with top honors. He established an international reputation by winning the top prizes at the 1997 St. Alban’s Interpretation Competition, and the Recital Gold Medal and Encore Prize at the 1998 Calgary International Organ Festival. He has appeared as a soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and regularly performs with the Britten Sinfonia and the BBC Singers. He also has recorded numerous CDs, including a performance last fall of Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony with the BBC Philharmonic.

  • 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas: St. Thomas music faculty members Dr. James Callahan and Katherine Faricy, duo-painists, and organist Dr. David Jenkins, of the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, team up for this recital.

Callahahan and Faricy will play Olivier Messiaen’s “Visions de l’Amen” for two pianos, and Jenkins will play Messiaen’s “L’Ascension.” (The “all-Messiaen” program anticipates the Minnesota Orchestra’s performances of Messiaen’s exotic and dramatic orchestral score, “Turangalila,” April 5-7 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. Look for other Messiaen performances throughout the Twin Cities in early April.)

  • 8 p.m. Saturday, April 8, in Brady Educational Center auditorium: Internationally renowned classical keyboardist Igor Kipnis, who will be in residency at St. Thomas April 8 and 9, will give a recital on harpsichord and fortepiano, co-sponsored by the UST Music Department and the Schubert Club. The program will include works by Handel, Scarlatti, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Dussek. (Kipnis also will give a lecture, “Ornamentation in Bach,” and a master class utilizing the harpsichord, fortepiano and modern piano, at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 9, in Brady Educational Center auditorium.)

Kipnis has recorded over 80 albums and has received numerous honors, including six Grammy nominations, the Deutsche Schallplatten Prize and an honorary doctorate from Illinois Wesleyan University. Keyboard magazine’s readers three times named him “Best Harpsichordist” and twice “Best Classical Keyboardist.” Further information on Kipnis can be found at http://people.mags.net/kipnis/

  • 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas: The St. Thomas Liturgical Choir, directed by Robert Strusinski, will perform a program titled “Renewing Our Spirit — Renewing Our Song: Jubilee 2000.” The concert is the final stop on the choir’s spring performance tour. Andrew Hackett, organist, accompanies the choir.

  • 7 p.m. Friday, April 14, in Brady Educational Center auditorium: St. Thomas music students present a composition recital of their works.
  • 4 p.m. Sunday, April 16, in St. Mary’s Chapel: A faculty recital features Robert Strusinski, tenor; Dr. David Jenkins, piano; and Mary Therese Martinez, soprano. Strusinski directs St. Thomas’ Liturgical Choir, and Jenkins and Martinez teach at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity. They will perform works by Britten, Corigiliano, Handel, Haydn, Martinson and Schumann.
  • 8 p.m. Monday, April 17, in Brady Educational Center auditorium: Clarinet Fête, St. Thomas’ annual all-clarinet recital, features clarinet soloists and the UST Clarinet Quartet directed by Dr. Isla Hejny. Quartet members are Sarah Heritsch, Ryan McMurchie, Jennifer Marquardt and William Nimchuk. Hejny and fellow faculty clarinetist Dr. John Krebsbach also will perform as a duo.
  • 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas: UST music student Jeffrey Iverson presents a saxophone recital.

  • 4 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at House of Hope Presbyterian Church, 797 Summit Ave., St. Paul: St. Thomas’ Handbell Choir, conducted by Steve Lilienthal, gives a concert.