Internationally acclaimed organ virtuoso Hector Olivera makes his Northrop debut in a program that features works by Meyerbeer, Elmore, Franck, Vierne, and more. Beginning years ago as a child prodigy in Buenos Aires, the Juilliard-trained organist now commands the finest organs on the world stage. Acclaimed for his prodigious technical proficiency and the uncanny effect he has on his audience, Maestro Olivera is a passionate, gifted, and unique musician, whose personal interpretations of both classical and popular music have amazed and delighted audiences around the world.

The event will begin with the premiere of a 45-minute documentary, The Northrop Organ: Past, Present and Future. The film tells the story of Northrop’s Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, Opus 892, from its beginning in 1932 to the present day. The documentary is produced by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in anticipation of the regional convention in the Twin Cities coming July 2023.

This event will be captioned, with other accessibility services available upon request.


“Olivera is a renowned Argentine virtuoso who's played many of the world's great organs, and he'll apply his head, heart, hands and feet to a program of Tantalizing Transcriptions and Tangos that includes music by Giacomo Meyerbeer, Cesar Franck, Louis Vierne and others.” —Star Tribune, Critics’ Pick.

An evening with Mr. Olivera has been described as, “an event, a happening, a joyful celebration of the sheer power and pressure that a true virtuoso like Hector Olivera can unleash in a concert hall.” —The Times


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Start a conversation about the performance, or reflect on the performance, using these questions as inspiration.

The Twin Cities American Guild of Organists was established in 1910 as a branch of the original American Guild of Organists headquartered in New York City in 1896. Today, the Twin Cities chapter is made up of 345 organ connoisseurs from around the metro area and across Minnesota. The organization produced the film documentary included within the kickoff event which features Northrop’s newly renovated Aeolian-Skinner Pipe Organ.

  • How can music, specifically classical music, be used to connect local communities across a national and global level who share similar interests in an individual instrument? 
  • Why is it important to see music live and how does attending an in-person performance shift how you experience the sound?
  • How does the documentary presented by the Twin Cities American Guild of Organists chapter affect your understanding of the organ? Did your mindset shift after learning more about the history and context of the instrument? 

Hector Olivera has been deemed by organ aficionados as one of the greatest organists of our time and an extraordinary improviser. He has performed as a soloist in countless prestigious venues and orchestras all over the world, including the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, and recently close to home with the Minnesota Orchestra. He has even performed for numerous notable figures throughout his decades-long career, including the legendary Eva Perón. 

  • Why is it important to celebrate and support classical music, especially in the twenty-first century?
  • How does one distinguish a good musician from a great musician? Is it technique, charisma, artistry, or something else?
  • How has the role of improvisation in Western music evolved over time? Consider the continuo in Baroque music, the cadenza in Concerto form, and the jazz solo, among others.


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Program Notes

The Northrop Organ: Past, Present and Future

The film tells the story of Northrop’s Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, Opus 892, from its beginning in 1932 to the present day. The documentary is produced by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in anticipation of the regional convention in the Twin Cities coming July 2023.




Coronation March
Giacomo Meyerbeer, arranged by Olivera

Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8 No. 1,
La Primavera (“Spring”)

Antonio Vivaldi, arranged by Olivera

I Allegro
II Largo
III Allegro (pastorale)

Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8 No. 2,
L’Estate (“Summer”)

Antonio Vivaldi, arranged by Olivera

I Allegro non molto
II Adagio
III Presto e forte

Night Song
Robert Elmore

Carillon of Westminster, Op. 54 No. 6
Louis Vierne

Marco Enrico Bossi, transcribed by Olivera

Three tangos
Astor Piazzolla, transcribed by Olivera

Adiós Nonino

Improvisation on a submitted theme
Hector Olivera


Program subject to change

Maestro Hector Olivera is a passionate, gifted, and unique musician, whose personal interpretations of both classical and popular music have amazed and delighted audiences around the world. 

The Times Reporter describes an evening with Hector Olivera as: “An event, a happening, a joyful celebration of the sheer power and pressure that a true virtuoso like Hector Olivera can unleash in a concert hall.”

Born in Buenos Aires, Mr. Olivera’s first teacher (who was his father) encouraged him to begin playing the pipe organ when he was three. Two years later, he was appointed organist of the Church of the Immaculate Conception. At age 5, he played for the legendary Eva Perón. At six, he entered the Buenos Aires Conservatory to study harmony, counterpoint and fugue. By age nine, he had composed a suite for oboe and string orchestra, performed by the Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra.

At age twelve, Mr. Olivera entered the University of Buenos Aires where he studied with Hector Zeoli and Juan Francisco Giacobbe. By eighteen, he had performed more than three hundred concerts throughout Latin America, appearing frequently on Argentinean radio and television. During this time, he also served as the senior improvisational accompanist for the Collegium Musicum in Buenos Aires, vastly increasing his prodigious improvisational talent.

In 1965, New York’s prestigious Juilliard School of Music offered him a scholarship. He immediately moved to the United States to study with Vernon de Tar and Bronson Reagan. Three years later, Mr. Olivera won the National Improvisation Contest sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, thereby launching his outstanding professional concert career.

In 1988, after years of performing in the United States, Maestro Olivera was invited to play once again in Argentina. Upon arriving, he was welcomed as a national hero with “Standing Room Only” concerts attended by celebrities and heads of state, as well as being featured on national radio and television shows.

Throughout his concert career, Mr. Olivera has performed in prestigious venues including the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Carnegie Hall in New York, Royal Albert Hall in London, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, Constitution Hall in Washington D.C, the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Myerson Concert Hall in Dallas, Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Sydney Town Hall, Melbourne Town Hall, and Brisbane City Hall in Australia.

In addition to his solo concerts, Mr. Olivera has performed as guest soloist with orchestras worldwide including the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Fort Wayne Symphony, the Dover-New Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Amsterdam Baroque Ensemble, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Pasadena Symphony. Composer Robert Vandall described Mr. Olivera’s performance with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic as “an opportunity to hear and see greatness.”

His collaboration with the Pasadena Symphony produced a “Limited Edition Gold CD” featuring Mr. Olivera in the Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3.

In 1992, Mr. Olivera was guest artist at the American Guild of Organists’ convention at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta performing the world premiere of a commissioned work written by William Albright. Later, from this same stage, Olivera performed on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, and according to Keillor, he “literally stopped the show!”

In 1996, in celebration of the Olympic games, Mr. Olivera was given the honor to perform a solo concert at Spivey Hall, Atlanta for which he received multiple standing ovations. The Atlanta Journal Constitution wrote: “Olivera swept the audience with absolute Olympic virtuosity, and that still doesn’t say it … Hector Olivera is in a class by himself.”

In 2000, Mr. Olivera performed a solo memorial concert in New York City’s St. Paul the Apostle as a tribute to his hero, the legendary organist Virgil Fox. He played a subsequent Virgil Fox Memorial Concert at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco in 2004.

In 2002, Mr. Olivera was invited again to perform for the American Guild of Organists’ National Convention, where his transcription of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite spontaneously brought the large audience of peers to their feet. Again, in 2004, his appearance before the Guild’s National Convention in Los Angeles was considered an historic triumph by 2,200 cheering organists, who gave him four standing ovations in 45 minutes.

By popular demand, Hector Olivera performed regularly at the celebrated Newport Classical Music Festival. The Providence Journal claimed, “Organist Hector Olivera brought the Newport Music Festival to a spectacular close”

By invitation, Mr. Olivera performed a solo concert that was attended by an audience of 5000 at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on August 12, 2007. “Mr. Olivera … sublime improvisations indeed. “ (Olivier Latry, organist Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris)

In 2010, Mr. Olivera’s magnificent recital at the renowned Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles moved an enthusiastic audience to its feet. The Pasadena Star quoted: “Olivera began winsomely but gradually morphed into a gigantic mass of sound with elements of Messiaen, Vierne and others folded in, including a reprise of the Bach Passacaglia and Fugue from the first half. The audience was on its collective feet at the end, deservedly … No encores were played … or needed.”

In 2014, Mr. Olivera received an invitation to perform at the grand Hong Kong Cultural Center Concert Hall, and the magnificent Shenzhen Concert Hall in China.

In 2016, Maestro Olivera toured Australia where he brought the house down at the glorious Sydney Town Hall, the resplendent Melbourne Town Hall, and the stunning Brisbane City Hall, receiving multiple standing ovations, and rave reviews.

Mr. Olivera performed an unprecedented third recital at the prestigious Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles in 2018.

Mr. Olivera continues to thrill audiences with both solo classical and orchestral compositions, now released on DVD and more than 20 classical, contemporary, and film score recordings.

Most famous for his prodigious technical proficiency and charismatic stage presence, Mr. Olivera’s amazing effect on audiences has made many of the most sophisticated and demanding organ aficionados claim that Maestro Hector Olivera is “one of the greatest organists in the world today."

Visit the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists at for information on local organ events, performances, and educational opportunities about the organ. Membership is open to all those interested in the organ. The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to enrich lives through organ and choral music.

We hope you enjoy today’s program and remind you that organ music in its infinite variety is featured every week on American Public Media’s PIPEDREAMS as broadcast throughout the upper Midwest on Sunday mornings from 6 am to 8 am on the network stations of YourClassicalMPR (KSJN-99.5FM in the Twin Cities) and available globally 24/7 online at PIPEDREAMS is celebrating its 40th anniversary in national syndication, a record in broadcast history.


June 5 Celebratory Reception 
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  • David Jenkins

  • Stephen Riendl



June 6 Presentation by Hector Olivera:

The Art of Transcription: Vivaldi’s “Seasons” and The Tangos of Astor Piazzolla is proudly sponsored by J. Michael Barone




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Please contact Trisha Taylor at  if you have any corrections or questions.

The Heritage Society honors and celebrates donors who have made estate and other planned gifts for Northrop at the University of Minnesota. 

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Northrop's Aeolian-Skinner Organ

Thank you to the generous donors who continue to support programming for Northrop’s beloved Aeolian-Skinner Organ. It is because of you that this magnificent instrument’s voice will be enjoyed by many for years to come.

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board members

J. Michael Barone
Cynthia Betz
Dean Billmeyer
Kristen Brogdon
Dr. Robert Bruininks
Dee Ann Crossley
Laura Edman

Cathie Fischer
Nils Halker
Cari Hatcher
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Helen Jensen
Pamela Neuenfeldt
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Jeff Bieganek

Welcome to Northrop! I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate the final event of our 2021-22 season than by joining us for the Northop debut of Hector Olivera and the world premiere of the documentary, The Northrop Organ: Past, Present and Future. The film tells the story of Northrop’s Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, Opus 892, from its beginning in 1932 to the present day—and today is another spectacular day for our instrument as we get to listen to internationally-renowned Maestro Oliver perform on this historic organ. Like many of our performances, we are proud to partner with our community for this event—co-presenting today with the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. We are so grateful to you, our patrons, for your support and commitment to the work that we do, to our outreach and collaborations, and to the artists that we present.

Summer is upon us and our 2022-23 season will be announced soon—we can’t wait to share it with you. In the meantime, we hope that you will join us for our lunchtime music series, Amplifying Solidarity, starting Jun 15 with a noon concert by the incomparable Annie Mack. This free concert series co-presented with UMN partners, was created to lift the voices of marginalized people and to welcome our campus community. We hope we can welcome you to one of these concerts running from Jun 15 to Sep 14.

As we enjoy this performance and look to future events, I invite you to support Northrop’s programs, helping to shine bright lights on our stage. Please consider supporting the important work that Northrop is doing now and in the future to inspire positive change in our world. The Northrop Advisory Board is growing along with new opportunities to engage. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us at

Thank you for being a part of our Northrop audience today!

Jeff Bieganek, Northrop Advisory Board Chair

About the Northrop Advisory Board

The Northrop Advisory Board is committed to the growth and awareness of Northrop’s mission, vision, and the continued future of presenting world-class dance and music in our community. If you would like more information about the advisory board and its work, please contact Cynthia Betz, Director of Development, at 612-626-7554 or

board members

Cynthia Betz
Jeff Bieganek, Chair
Kristen Brogdon
Dr. Robert Bruininks
John Conlin
Deb Cran
Susan DeNuccio
Karen Hanson
Cari Hatcher

Jill Hauwiller
Bob McMaster
Katheryn Menaged
Toni Pierce-Sands
Holly Radis-McCluskey
Gary Reetz
Robyne Robinson
Kari Schloner
Donald Williams

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Please contact Trisha Taylor at  if you have any corrections or questions.