This season celebrates 60 yuears of the Music Series at First Presbyterian Church. The purpose remains the same - to present high quality concerts to the Fort Wayne community free of charge. The 2017-18 season featues three nationally known groups, as well as two events that feature First Presbyterian's magnificent Aeolian-Skinner organ. While there is no admission charge, a free-will offering will be taken.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
7:00pm; Sanctuary; free-will offering
Chanticleer has been regarded as “the world’s reigning male chorus” by the New Yorker and has also been praised for “tonal luxuriance and crispy etched clarity” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Chanticleer is a group of twelve men, and is known around the world as an “orchestra of voices” because of their blend. Their voices cover voice parts from soprano to bass. They are also known for their interpretation of vocal literature consisting of several different styles including everything from the Renaissance period to jazz, popular and contemporary. Chanticleer was founded in 1978 and received its name after the clear singing rooster, Chanticleer, in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. http://www.chanticleer.org
*this will be a ticketed event. FREE tickets are available in the church office during regular office hours (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) or Sunday mornings. Tickets are also available online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chanticleer-at-first-presbyterian-church-tickets-37805983715
Pizza, Pipes and Piano
Monday, February 26, 2017
6:30 pm; Sanctuary, free-will donation
5:30 pm; McKay Hall- pizza party
Back by popular demand, this year’s concert will also include some piano in addition to the organ. This will be a family-friendly organ concert featuring our Director of Music, Dr. Chelsea Vaught on the organ and piano with special guests. The piano portion of the program will feature some jazz piano. Dr. Vaught has been the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church since September, 2012. She has a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree and a Master of Music degree in Church Music with an emphasis in organ performance from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where her primary teacher was Dr. Michael Bauer.
National Organ Playing Competition
Saturday, March 17, 2018
1:00pm; Sanctuary; free-will donation
The First Presbyterian National Organ Playing Competition began in 1960 and is the longest running national organ competition in the United States. Join us to hear three young organists under age 35 from around the country (likely undergraduate or graduate students) compete for three prizes. The three finalists will be chosen by local judges after sending a recording for the preliminary round of the competition. The finalists will be playing three pieces: a Bach Trio Sonata (this is like an instrumental trio but all on the organ. The hands represent two violins or flute and the feet are the basso continuo (bass)), a piece written in the Romantic idiom, and a piece that contrasts with the Bach and Romantic pieces. Three prominent organists from around the country will judge the final competition. The winner receives a cash prize of $2,000 and will return in fall of 2018 to play a recital, the runner-up wins a cash prize of $1,000 and third place wins a prize of $500.
Manhattan Piano Trio
Sunday, April 15, 2018
2:00pm; Sanctuary; free-will offering
The Manhattan Piano Trio is returning to First Presbyterian Church after a concert here in 2007. They have been recognized by critics as “a grand departure from the usual.” (News Herald). The group is known as one of the most creative, exciting and dynamic young ensembles in America. Their concerts have taken them to 40 states, and were described by The Washington Post was “impressive” and “outstanding.” The group consists of three musicians from different backgrounds: Wayne Lee, violinist, is a native of San Francisco; Dmitry Kouzov, cellist, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Milana Strezeva, pianist, is originally from Chişinău, Moldova. The Manhattan Piano Trio enjoys communicating with their audiences through music and commentary. In addition to performing, the members of the group are dedicated teachers, chamber musicians and entrepreneurs. http://www.manhattanpianotrio.com
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