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Concert & special services calendar

Winter 2023

(Listed by Venue, in order of least to greatest drive time from downtown San Jose;
note embedded Livestream links for some venues).


First Congregational Church of San Jose, 1980 Hamilton Ave, San Jose

Sunday, February 26, 3:00 pm: Music for strings and organ, celebrating the newly refurbished sanctuary. Harmonium California performs works by Gerald Finzi, John Ireland, and the beloved Adagio in g minor by Remo Giazatto based on a fragment by Albinoni and featuring Susan Snook-Luther, organist. Free and open to the public.

Campbell United Methodist Church, 1675 Winchester Blvd, Campbell

*Saturday, April 22, 10:00 am: Workshop by Thomas Sheehan; details above

*Sunday, April 23, 4:00 pm: Recital by Thomas Sheehan, Organist and Associate Director of Music, Washington National Cathedral; details above

Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos, 16575 Shannon Rd, Los Gatos

Friday, February 3, 7:00 pm: Ruth Kamas and Elizabeth Kamas, organ, organ duets, and a piano-organ duet. Works by Bach and Female composers of the romantic era. Donations to the Möller-Schoenstein organ maintenance fund welcomes.

Mission San Jose, 43300 Mission Blvd, Fremont

Saturday, April 15 - demonstration of the unique 1989 renaissance style Rosales organ by resident organist, Ron McKean, and a chance to play it. Bring Spanish renaissance scores. Sponsored by the Palo Alto/Peninsula chapter AGO. All organists are welcome.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Palo Alto, 600 Colorado Ave.

Sunday, February 12, 5:00 pm: Margaret Martin Kvamme, organ. Music by Women Composers. Reception to follow.Admission: $20 General, $10 seniors and AGO members, children free. Music by: Fanny Mendelssohn, Rachel Laurin, Clara Schumann, Florence Price, Emma Lou Diemer, Caterina Assandra, Brenda Portman, Marilyn Biery and Pamela Decker

First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Ave.

Tuesday, March 28, 7:00 pm. British organist and Youtube/TikTok sensation Anna Lapwood in concert. A sparkling and eclectic programme of music for the organ including favorites by J. S. Bach & C. Debussy, new gems commissioned by Ms. Lapwood to shine a light on contemporary female composers, and her new transcriptions of some of the best-loved film soundtracks of our time.
Learn more about Anna Lapwood here:

Tickets ($25) available at:

San Francisco AGO Chapter’s Presidents' Day Organ Crawl

Monday, February 20, 9:00 am. All are welcome, Online registration requested: click here: (deadline to sign up for lunch is Feb. 14).

Tour schedule: 9:00 St. John Presbyterian (Schoenstein organ); 10:15 - St Ignatius RC Church (Visscher and Assoc. organ, with new Hupalo-Rapasky organ under construction); 11:30am - St Agnes RC Church (Scheonstein/hybrid organ); 12:30 lunch 9provided with registration); 1:00 All Sts Episcopal Church (Bigelow organ)

St. John The Evangelist Episcopal Church, San Francisco, 15th St @ Julian Tuesday, February 8 , 7:30pm: Shelby Yamin (violin) and Caitlyn Koester (harpsichord). "Music we love" Artists-in-residence present a Valentine's Day themed recital. Wine and cheese to follow

St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Cathedral, San Francisco, 1111 Gough St. @ Cleary
(Parking under/beside the cathedral). These concerts are live-streamed and available here (simply click on the url):

Sunday, February 5, 4:00 pm: Shelby Fisher, organ.

Sunday, February 12, 4:00 pm: David Troiano, organ.

Sunday, February 19, 4:00 pm: Hans-Uwe Hielscher (Germany), organ.

(no recital February 26)

Sunday, March 5, 4:00 pm: Friedrich Edelmann, Bassoon; Rebekah Rust, Cello; and Dimitriy Cogan, Piano.

Sunday, March 12, 4:00 pm: Katya Kolesnikova, Organ.

Sunday, March 19, 4:00 pm: Christoph Tietze, Organ.

Sunday, March 26, 4:00 pm: Corina Santos, Violin, with Chia-lin Yang, Piano.

Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, 110 California St. at Taylor
(pay parking underneath the cathedral, entrance is on Taylor Street between California and Sacramento streets. A $10 donation is requested. These concerts are live-streamed and available here (simply click on the url):

Sunday, February 5, 4:00 pm: Michael Ging, organ

Sunday, March 19, 4:00 pm: Jung-A Lee, organ

Sunday, May 7, 4:00 pm: Maurice Clerc, organ

Sunday, June 4, 4:00 pm: Margaret Martin Kvamme, organ (music of women composers)



This musical calendar of events is also published in our monthly Newsletter.











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