About Midday Masterworks

Midday Masterworks began in 2002 as a quarterly Wednesday noon-hour organ mini-recital series featuring the new 3-manual (keyboards), 39-rank (different sets of pipes/sounds) Berghaus pipe organ of the United Methodist Church of Monroe, Wisconsin (photo to the left by Scott Feldt). The half-hour programs are themed and include quality music for organ that is enjoyable by general audiences of all ages.

Custom-built for the church by Berghaus Organ Company of Bellwood, Illinois, the organ represents over 20 years of planning, donations and memorial gifts in becoming a reality. Mark Janssen, whose mother, the late Lottie Dinges, was an organist, chaired the committee that researched the project and selected Berghaus to build the instrument. Installation of the instrument began in late 2001, with voicing finished in early 2002.

The instrument combines the timeless quality of pipes with 21st century technologies, including a console designed with MIDI features and capabilities.

All of the mini-recitals are on the 4th Wednesday of the months of January, April, July, and October, from 12:15 - 12:45 p.m. They are free and open to the public. Located at 2227 - 4th Street in Monroe, just north of the Monroe Clinic-Hospital, the United Methodist Church has ample parking and is handicapped-accessible.

Midday Masterworks - Reprise!

First added in 2008, the noontime Midday Masterworks program is repeated later in the day from 5:15 - 5:45 pm at St. Victor Catholic Church on the 2006 Matthew Ronald Buholzer Memorial Pipe Organ (pictured to the right). This very unique instrument, the work of organ builder Kelly Monette, is a hybrid combination of a 1968 Möller pipe organ with a three-manual Rodgers digital organ. The superior acoustics of St. Victor Church only enhance the sound of this amazing instrument.

The church, home to the St. Clare of Assisi Parish, is located at the corner of 20th Avenue and 14th Street (1760 14th Street) in Monroe, and is also handicapped-accessible.

Same date, same program, but two very different acoustical spaces and two very different instruments...and of course, two different times! If you have a schedule conflict over the noon hour, would enjoy hearing Midday Masterworks in another space or on another instrument, or just can't get enough of Midday Masterworks, this is for you!

Midday Masterworks is enjoying its 19th season in 2023 (missed 3 years due to the pandemic), with the following programs:

January 25, 2023   Violin and Organ to Start the New Year
April 26, 2023   In Honor and Remembrance
July 26, 2023   TBA
October 25, 2023   TBA

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