2014-15 Music Series:
Smooth Edge 2, Monday December 1, 7:00 p.m., McKay Hall
There is no charge for this event. A free will offering will be taken. A dessert reception will follow the concert
Come celebrate the Christmas season with Fort Wayne's only a capella vocal jazz group! You'll hear plenty of Christmas favorites, plus a surprise or two along the way. Smooth Edge 2 is a contempory accapella/vocal jazz group from Fort Wayne founded in 2010.
St. Olaf Choir, Thursday, February 12, 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary
Tickets will be available at http://www.stolafchoir.com and in the church office. Prices are $30 for adults and $15 for students. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.
The St. Olaf Choir, with 75 mixed voices, is a premier a capella college choir. Members are full-time undergraduate students who rehearse five days a week while completing a full schedule of academic and musical studies. The St. Olaf Choir is internationally renowed for a unique combination of superior choral singing and the presentation of challenging choral programming with a vast repertoire including the entire history of Western music, from Renaissance polyphony to new music.
Organ Recital/Worship Service featuring Dr. Chelsea Vaught,
Sunday, March 1, 1:30 p.m., Sanctuary
Concluding event of the FPC Celebration of the Arts
The worship service will center around Marcel Dupre's "Passion Symphony" and involve art, poetry and dance.
Dr. Chelsea Vaught, Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church, is originally from Henderson, Nebraska (a small town of 986 lcoated 60 miles west of Lincoln). Chelsea has an undergraduate degree in piano and organ performace and music education from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, a Master of Music degree from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, in church music with an emphasis in organ performance and carillon perofrmance, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in church music with an emphasis in organ performance, also from the University of Kansas. Major organ teachers included Michael Bauer, James Higdon and Roseann Penner Kaufman. Chelsea has performed all over the United States including at the National Cathedral in Washington DC.
Bradley Sowash, Sunday, April 19, 4:00 p.m., Sanctuary
There is no charge for this event. A free will offering will be taken.
Bradley Sowash returns to First Pres for the first time since 2003. He is a composer, creative pianist, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, author and educator specializing in improvisation. Sowash has performed in every imaginable setting from living rooms, churches and jazz clubs to major concert venues both here and abroad for over thirty years. After earning his degree in music composition at Ohio State University, Sowash moved to New York City where he worked with many modern dance luminaries including Mark Morris, Meredith Monk, and Susan Hadley with whom he collaborated for 10 years. Later, while living abroad, Sowash refined his mainstream jazz piano technique before appreciative audiences in several countries. Upon reaching what he affectionally calls the "dogs and horse phase of life," Sowash returned to his native Ohio to raise a family "in the warm embrace of the Midwest" and develop his unique piano style which, while influenced by jazz, remains distinctly his own.
If you would like to be added to our mailing list, contact Dr. Chelsea Vaught at 260-426-7421 ext. 137 or firstname.lastname@example.org