FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH CONCERT SERIES
Upcoming Concerts 2013-2014
*free will offering
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*March 23, 3:00 p.m.
Annual Bach Celebration Concert
Featured selections will include the Concerto for Four Harpsichords with harpsichord soloists Linda Cummings, Lynn Hurst, Bonnie Linder and Donald Zimmerman; Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with soloists Eric Wicks, harpsichord, Phyllis White, flute and Elisa Wick, violin ; Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, a cantata for soprano solo, Emily Sorensen and trumpet, David Zuercher; a trio sonata with Phyllis White, flute and Joyce Hanagan, oboe; Passacaglia and Fugue for organ played by Carol Wilson; and Suite No. 4 for unaccompanied cello played by Gerald Miller. String ensemble players are Cynthia Robinson and Elisa Wicks, violin, Julie Dodge, viola, and Gerald Miller, cello.
The audience will have the opportunity to sing chorales accompanied by the ensemble. A free will offering will be taken, and all are welcome to a reception hosted by the American Guild of Organists following the concert. For more information, call 719.633.8888.
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*April 6, 3:00 p.m.
Springs Camerata - Chamber ensemble with strings and harpsichord
Georg Phillip Telemann - Viola Concerto
Arcangello Corelli - Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 4
The Springs Camerata, a collective of fine string players from Colorado Springs, began as a small group of musicians who regularly gathered together to play chamber music works on First Christian Church’s annual Chamber Music Concert. They have presented Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6 as well as other string pieces. These collaborations have evolved into a new string ensemble, playing without conductor, that is dedicated to presenting music for small groups. Their first concert was presented in April 2013 at First Christian Church, featuring music by Handel, Vivaldi, Hovhaness and Mendelssohn. They also collaborated with the Colorado Springs Chorale Society for their spring concert last year.
The original Camerata was a society of intellectuals, poets and musicians who gathered together in Florence in the late 1500s. They believed that music had become corrupt and could be improved by returning to the forms and style of the ancient Greeks. The term “camerata” is based on the Italian word camera for chamber, a term used for a room where important meetings were held.
Violist Margaret Miller is Assistant Professor of Viola and Coordinator of the Graduate Quartet Program at Colorado State University. Prior to joining the faculty in 2004, Ms. Miller was violist of the Da Vinci Quartet for eighteen years. During that time the Quartet toured throughout the US and recorded three CDs for the Naxos American Classics label. Ms. Miller is also on the faculty for the new LEAP Institute for the Arts at Colorado State University. An active performer and teacher, she has given recitals and master classes at Kansas State University, the University of Iowa, the University of Nevada-Reno, and the University of Wyoming. She is active in state organizations, giving clinics at conferences for the Colorado Music Educators Association, the Colorado American String Teachers Association, and the Colorado State Music Teachers Association. Ms. Miller has been honored for her teaching by the Colorado chapter of the American String Teachers Association and the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association.
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*May 4, 3:00 p.m.
Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony, directed by Ken Soper
Music for symphonic wind ensemble, with Carol Wilson, organ
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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 its 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…"