First Christian Church 

Concert Series Ministry


The purpose of the Concert Series Ministry is to create a spiritually enriching experience through the power of music in traditional and emerging forms. This ministry is part of our vision and mission statement: to “act out our gifts in joyful Christian service…radical in hospitality, outrageous in generosity and joyful in service to God and neighbor…"


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         First Christian Church 

Concert Series 2015-2016

 *free will offering


 *September 13, 3:00 p.m.

  Gerald Miller, cello

Carol Wilson, piano


Carol wilson      Gerald Miller      


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 *October 18, 3:00 p.m.

Colorado Brass Arts Ensemble


  Colorado Brass Arts Group


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 October 25, 3:00 p.m.

The Chamber Singers of the Colorado Springs Chorale

directed by Kimberley Schultz


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                     *November 1, 3:00 p.m.

 Little London Winds

Paul Jacobson, director

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*November 29, 7:00 p.m.

Annual Messiah Sing-Along

Directed by Kimberley Schultz


The Chamber Singers of the Colorado Springs Chorale

Strings, trumpet, harpsichord and organ


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Chamber Singers


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December 5, 2:00 and 4:30 p.m.

 Amahl and the Night Visitors

directed by Linda Weiss

Colorado Springs Conservatory


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*December 13, 7:00 p.m.

Kantorei, Professional Choir from Denver


Kantorei Christmas


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*February 7, 3:00 p.m.

Annual Chamber Music Program

Members of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs

and Friends

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March 19, 7:00 p.m.

All-Bach Organ Concert

Members of the American Guild of Organists

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  Members of the Colorado Springs Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will perform a concert featuring the organ music of J. S. Bach. The program will include preludes and fugues, a concerto, chorale preludes, and a trio sonata.  A free will offering for the AGO scholarship fund will be taken.  

Bach at organ

 Concerto in A Minor; Trio Sonata in C major, 1st movement

Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, Christus, der uns selig macht, and Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund from the Orgelbüchlein

 Prelude and Fugue in B Minor

 Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr and Fugue in E-flat Major from the Clavierübung

 Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland from the “18 Great Chorales”

 Prelude and Fugue in A Minor


Performers are Evan Becker (St. Mary’s Cathedral), Joseph Galema (First United Methodist Church), Dan Oelrich, Deke Polifka (Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church), Eric Wicks (First Lutheran Church), and Carol Wilson (First Christian Church).    


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 *March 20, 3:00 p.m.

Annual Bach Celebration Concert

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 Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, for three oboes, two French horns, bassoon, solo violin and strings
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, for two flutes, solo violin and strings
Concerto in D Minor for Three Harpsichords
Chaconne for unaccompanied violin
Solo organ work; chorales for audience singing.

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Performers include: solo violin – Elisa Wicks, Cynthia Robinson and Kristen Kunkel; solo flute – Andrea Artley and Andrea Murano; solo harpsichord – Deke Polifka, Eric Wicks and Bonnie Linder ; Carol Wilson – organ; Shauna Smith and Azi Vieira – violin; Ingrid Rogers and Karla Powers – viola; Gerald Miller and Suzanna Schulze – cello; Marc Neihof, bass; Guy Dutra-Silveira, Angie Burtz and Joyce Hanagan – oboe; Erin Powers and Christina Schwartz-Soper – French horn; John Lawson – bassoon; Linda Cummings and Debbie Bauer – harpsichord continuo.

St. Thomaskirche in Leipzig


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  *March 25, 7:30 p.m.

 A Special Choral Concert for Holy Week and Good Friday

The Grinnell Singers from Grinnell College in Iowa

 Directed by John Christian Rommereim

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The concert will feature motets by Francis Poulenc, Eric Whitacre, and Knut Nystedt written specifically for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. The Singers have also prepared a mid-sized work for strings and choir by Joseph Haydn.  Other sacred works by Orlando Gibbons, Maurice Duruflé, and Hubert Parry, as well as some part-songs and spirituals, round out what is sure to be a deeply moving and variety-filled evening.  A free will offering for the choir will be taken.

The Grinnell Singers are a group of people who are highly diverse in terms of their backgrounds, interests, and talents, but who are united in their love of singing and their dedication to the choral art. They perform music from an extremely wide variety of traditions and locales, from Brahms to Bluegrass, from Renaissance England to twenty-first century New York. The ensemble tours each spring, and the focal point of their year lies in the preparation for these off-campus performances.


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*May 15, 3:00 p.m.

 Pikes Peak Ringers

directed by Kevin McChesney


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