2015-16 Music Series:
A Far Cry
Saturday, September 12 at 7:30
A Far Cry is a chamber orchestra from Boston. They are a Grammy nominated self-conducted orchestra. A New York Times review said that A Far Cry “brims with personality or, better, personalities, many and varied.” The group was founded in 2007 and consists of eighteen musicians, all string players. They stand at the forefront of a new generation of classical music and have collaborated with numerous famous artists such as Yo-Yo Ma. They reside in Boston and have performed across the United States and around the world. Perhaps one of the most interesting qualities about the group is their way of preparation. Leadership rotates among the group members. A principal group of five members is elected for each piece which guides the rehearsal process and helps shape interpretation. For more information please visit http://www.afarcry.org
Smooth Edge 2
Monday, December 7, 7:00
Pre-concert jazz piano music by Dr. Chelsea Vaught beginning at 6:30
Smooth Edge 2 returns to First Pres by popular demand after performances in December, 2014 and July, 2015. Smooth Edge 2 is Fort Wayne’s only a cappella vocal jazz group. The group was formed in 2010 and has quickly developed a reputation for stellar a ccapella vocal jazz sound as well as highly entertaining and energetic shows. Their repertoire consists of jazz arrangements of current popular music as well as American classics. They have been featured in public and private events and also on WBOI’s “Meet the Music.” In 2014, their first CD “Secret of Christmas” was released. Their concert will consist of a number of Christmas favorites plus a surprise or two along the way. You will want to have this concert as part of your holiday season!
National Organ Playing Competition
Saturday, March 19 at 1:00
Come hear four talented organists from around the United States compete for two prizes. The First Presbyterian National Organ Playing Competition began in 1960 and is the longest running national organ completion in the United States. When the competition began, the goal was “to bring encouragement and public attention to the many fine young organists in the nation” which is still relevant today. If you are an organist wanting to enter the competition, the rules and application can be found here: http://firstpres-fw.org/the_arts/music/other_music_events/
Sunday, April 10
Preaching at 9 and 11
Forum on language at 10
Lunch provided (free will donation)
Hymn festival (“Resurrection: New Life, New Song”) at 2:00
Mary Louise (Mel) Bringle is a Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Chair of the Humanities Division at Brevard College in Brevard, North Carolina. She began writing hymn texts in 1999 and since then has won a number of international hymn-writing competitions. She has been featured as an “emerging text writer” by the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Her texts have been included in several modern hymnals across several denominations. She recently served as the President of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Bringle was also the chair of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song, the committee responsible for the creation of the Glory to God hymnal.
About the hymn festival:
Scripture tells us that God is always doing “a new thing,” and in response, we are called to “sing a new song.” What better “newness” to celebrate than the gifts of life and hope that spring from the resurrection? Even golden-oldies become “like new” when we voice them with a fresh lift of joy in our hearts. Blending familiar with less familiar, in styles ranging from samba to spiritual and chorale to contemporary praise chorus; incorporating prayers, readings, and stories about how various pieces of music came to be written, this hymn festival will be part concert, part worship service, part educational opportunity—and mostly, celebratory sing-along.
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