First Christian Church Summer Music Series     


  Hot Summer Nights - Music on the Labyrinth


Outdoor programs on the Labyrinth - summer Saturday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

Bring a blanket or chair if you wish, or find a seat on the labyrinth wall.

(Will move indoors for inclement weather - no cancellations)

A free will offering for the performers will be taken.

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 May 31

Colorado Springs Saxophone Quartet

"One Size Fits All!"

Phil Perry - soprano sax; Bob Dunn - alto sax

Ed Hureau - tenor sax; Fred Martinez - baritone sax

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Everything from classical - including Samuel Barber, Domenico Scarlatti

 and Rossini's Barber of Seville - to jazz, ragtime, be-bop,

 John Lennon, a Sousa march, from melancholy to humorous –saxophone

                     something for everyone!  

      The Colorado Springs Saxophone Quartet, comprised of four professional woodwind players from the Colorado Springs area, was formed in 1995. Each of the musicians brings a wealth of experience to the Quartet and every performance positively thrills, swinging you from one musical style to another. They perform from a repertoire encompassing all styles and musical eras.  The ensemble has performed in numerous public and private venues including Colorado State University-Pueblo, the Business of Arts Center, the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, the Rampart Campus of Pikes Peak Community College, and the National Association of Air Force Chaplains.

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  June 21

 Colorado Brass Arts Group

  Brass Quintet and Percussion

Dixieland, big band & classical favorites

The Colorado BColorado Brass Arts Grouprass Arts Group - brass quintet and percussion, is comprised of former premier military band musicians who performed big band jazz for audiences worldwide throughout their careers.   This exciting show will feature Dixieland, big band and classical favorites, and provide the audience with a dynamic tribute to the “Big Band Era” and the veterans across our great country.  The program will be held outdoors on the south side of the church, so bring a blanket or chair (will move indoors for inclement weather – no cancellation). A free will offering will be taken. 


Steven Kindermann and Mark Israel, trumpet; Sondra Bell, trombone;

Gary Stephens, French  horn; Nick Pierce, tuba; and Mike Woods, percussion.


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  July 5

New Century Big Band  New Century Big BandNew Century Big Band

 Big band music - sax, trumpet, trombone, guitar and percussion

  Come and dance if you wish!

The New Century Big Band was formed in October of 2002 as a "band for the community."  They play frequently at the Colorado Springs Senior Center for many events, at the Westside Community Center, City Auditorium, the Colorado Springs Shrine Club, in various city parks, and play a monthly "Big Band Sunday" at which the audience is invited to join in and dance.  The proceeds from their programs go to support Care and Share and scholarships for local young music students.

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 July 19

 Halau Ilima

 Hawaiian music and hula dancers

      Halau IliHula dancers in costumema of Colorado is a Polynesian halau (hula school) that teaches Polynesian dance basedHula dancers on the traditional style of the Ilima HUla Studio of Honolulu. It is one of two halau that perpetuates the traditions taught by award-winning Kumu Kas Nakamura's Halau Pulama Mau Ke Aloha Kaa'Ohana 'Ilima of Maryland.  Come and enjoy the music and dance of another culture on a beautiful Saturday evening. 

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 August 2

 Joe Uveges

 Singer and acoustic guitar

 Everything from driving rock to country ballads, percussive funk and adult contemporary with a spiritual twistJoe Uveges

Joe Uveges      Joe Uveges has meandered a path of small town minstrel on Colorado's Front Range for more than 22 years now. Raised a farm kid in Schoharie New York, pummeled by liberal academics at Union College and Catholic University, a grizzled veteran of bar bands and coffeehouses, he should be a burned out skeleton of a man playing Allman Brother covers, tipping lukewarm Coors from a can, and lamenting broken marriages and illegitimate kids. He is not.  Instead, 20 years into his first and only marriage and parenting all of his children (with varying degrees of success) he has been touring the country promoting his last six CDs. Two of them won "Best of" awards in their respective years for the Pikes Peak region and Joe was recently fan choice for “Best Solo Musician” in the Pikes Peak region for 2011 and 2012.

     For the last 13 years Joe has played 130+ shows a year from coast to coast. A consummate veteran of coffee-houses and concerts of every type, Joe weaves a performer's magic in numerous settings with grace and humor. Joe also has performed in numerous churches from a wide variety of denominations. He is currently acting music minister at High Plains Church (UU) in Colorado Springs. “Joe Uveges is not only a warm, wise and witty musician, but also a gifted, gritty and grace-filled storyteller and theologian! Truly uplifting, engaging, inspiring .. . . worship music at its best!

     Joe has written well over 900 songs; his prolific abilities have allowed him to hone the skill of “On Stage Songwriting” to a fine art. Capturing his fun-loving style, the You-Tube of the “Librarian Song” has had more than 200,000 hits on 3 different sites and is currently traveling the internet world from the U.S. Library of Congress to Hungary, China and Vietnam: “Funny song. I am Vietnamese librarian and I like it.”

     Joe recently teamed up with Christian singer/songwriter Stephanie Pauline of “More than Music” ministries on a country disc entitled: When the Smoke Clears. The disc was recorded in Nashville and Colorado Springs and features some of country music's finest studio players including Dave Cleveland, Tim Akres (Rascall Flatts), Gary Lund, Mark Web, Jason Web, Steve Brewster, Charlie Hall, and Glenn Duncan (Barbara Mandrell). The disc was released on Sept. 30th, 2011.

     Joe resides in Colorado Springs with his incomparably brilliant wife, Kristen and his two children, Katie (20) and Andrew (12). They have 2 cats and 28 rabbits.

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                                                                                                         August 16

                             Dean Phelps

Dean Phelps Folk Singer and Acoustic Guitar

     Dean Phelps combines award-winning Travis-style guitar with a soulful vocal style and a wide repertoire. The result is heart-friendly songs played to a toe-tapping beat.  In 2012 he won the National Thumbpick Guitar Contest in Mountain View, Arkansas, and was the thumbpick guitar champion in the Indiana State Picking and Fiddling Championships in 2012.  His music is regularly featured in worship services of DisciplesNetChurch, an online congregation of the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.


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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…"


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Upcoming Concerts at First Christian Church 2014-2015

*First Christian Church Concert Series - a free will offering will be taken


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 *September 9, 3:00 p.m.

Carol Wilson, piano and organ recital

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 October 12, 2:30 p.m.

 Chamber Orchestra of the Springs   “Eroica!”

 Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, Joseph Liu, Amateur Pianists International competition winner

 Mark Arnest - Ludlow: Four Scenes for Orchestra; Beethoven - Symphony No.3 in E-flat Major, op. 55, "Eroica"

719.633.3649 or for tickets

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 November 9, 3:00 p.m.

The Chamber Singers of the Colorado Springs Chorale, under the direction of Kimberley Schultz, will present J.S. Bach's Magnificat and other numbers, accompanied by orchestra.

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 November 23, 2:30 p.m.

 Chamber Orchestra of the Springs   “Romance by Moonlight”

 Berlioz - Love Scene from Romeo and Juliet; Haydn - Symphony No. 8 in GMajor "Le soir" (evening);

 Berlioz - Les nuits d'ete (summer nights), Jennifer DeDomenici, mezzo-soprano;

Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture

 719.633.3649 or for tickets

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 *November 30, 7:00 p.m.

Annual Messiah Sing-Along with the Chamber Singers from the Colorado Springs Chorale, with soloists, strings, trumpet, organ and harpsichord, directed by Kimberley Schultz

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December 6, 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The Colorado Springs Conservatory will present two performances of the Gian Carlo Menotti's beloved Amahl and the Night Visitors.  No admission charge, but please bring a non-perishable food item for Care and Share.

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 February 1, 2:30 p.m.

 Chamber Orchestra of the Springs   “Legends”

 Ingrid Stölzel - Genius Loci: Spirit of Place; Schumann - Konzertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra

 Saint-Saëns - Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Joseph Klock, violin; Dvoƙák - Symphonic Variations

719.633.3649 or for tickets

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  *February 8, 3:00 p.m.

 Annual chamber music program played by members of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and friends - music for small ensembles of strings, woodwinds, brass with harp, harpsichord, piano or organ. 

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  March 1, 2:30 p.m.

 Chamber Orchestra of the Springs   “On the Edge”

 Anthony Davis - Notes from the Underground; Mozart - Symphony No. 25 in G Minor

 C.P.E. Bach - Symphony in E Flat; Daugherty - Fire and Blood:Violin Concerto, Mark Fewer, violin

 719.633.3649 or for tickets

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 *March 22, 3:00 p.m.

Annual Bach Celebration Concert - Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with David Hartley, trumpet; chamber music, vocal cantata, solo works for organ, harpsichord, cello or violin, chorales for audience singing

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 April 19, 2:30 p.m.

 Chamber Orchestra of the Springs   “The Last Dance”

 de Falla - The Three-cornered Hat, Suite 1; Astor Piazzolla - Contemplacion y Danza, Emirhan Tuga, clarinet

 Bartók - Divertimento for String Orchestra (1939); W. Lutoslawski - Dance Preludes, Emirhan Tuga, clarinet

 Zoltan Kodaly    Dances of Galanta

 719.633.3649 or for tickets

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 *April 26, 3:00 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony, directed by Kenneth Soper, with Carol Wilson, organ - Guilmant Symphony No. 1

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 More to come.....