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…"
Hot Summer Nights: Music on the Labyrinth
All programs are on Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. on the labyrinth on the south side of the church. Invite a couple of friends, bring chairs or blankets (or just sit on the labyrinth wall), and enjoy some fun music on a lovely summer evening. Ice water and cookies served. Programs will move indoors for inclement weather; no cancellations. Free will offering.
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~ Joe Uveges ~
Singer and acoustic guitar
with daughter Katie and friend Amanda Udis-Kessler
Joe Uveges has been performing and writing songs on Colorado's front range for more than 22 years now. He has eight studio albums under his belt, a movie credit, publishing credits (Goodnight Kiss Music), and 130 plus shows a year for the last 15 years. A consummate veteran of concerts of every type, Joe weaves a performer's magic in numerous settings with grace and humor. As a five-time Winner of the Reader's choice Gazette “Best Of” in Colorado Springs, his most recent awards include “Solo Musician of the Year” (2011, 2012) and “Best Video to Touch the Heart” (2014) with daughter Katie Uveges (produced by Steven Norris). Joe's most recent recording was a duo project with singer/songwriter Stephanie Pauline of “More than Music” ministries on a country disc entitled When the Smoke Clears. Joe also has performed in numerous churches in a wide variety of denom-inations. He is currently acting music minister at High Plains Church (UU) in Colorado Springs. He also leads worship at St. Mary's High School (Catholic) for school masses. Joe resides in Colorado Springs with his wife Kristen and his daughter Katie, two cats and 14 rabbits.
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~ Swallowtail Celtic Trio ~
Randy Zombola, hammered dulcimer, Sandy Craddock, Irish flute, Dan Dameron, guitar
Swallowtail Celtic Trio enjoys playing Celtic/World music. Sandy Craddock is a Juilliard trained musician who brings a unique and soulful style to the group with both silver and wooden flutes. Dan Dameron is a talented guitarist/vocalist who, in addition to providing Swallowtail with a solid and energetic rhythm base, also performs extensively as a solo guitarist and vocalist around the Colorado Springs area. Randy Zombola has played the hammered dulcimer for over 35 years and has played in several Celtic groups during this time. He won the prestigious National Hammered Dulcimer Championship in Winfield Kansas in 1988. Swallowtail has played their eclectic and exciting brand of Celtic music at venues across Southern Colorado for over 15 years.
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~ Summer Creek - Bluegrass band ~
Jory, Kooper and Kerry Lane, Jorrin Powell – mandolin, guitar, fiddle, bass, banjo, vocals
Jory (15) and Kooper (12) have been playing musical instruments since they were two years old. Jory started out on violin, and has since learned the mandolin, guitar, uke, upright bass, cello and toaster. Kooper has grown up wanting to play everything his big brother does, so he also started on violin, and has since picked up the mandolin, guitar, banjo, viola and nose whistle. They both enjoy Celtic, Bluegrass, Classical and Old Tyme Gospel music and are members of the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony and Black Rose Acoustic Society. When not performing or practicing music, they participate in basketball, Royal Rangers, 4H, and ride dirt bikes. Dad Kerry plays the banjo and string bass with the ensemble.
Jorrin Powell (18) has been playing violin with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association for the past four years. Prior to that, she performed with the Albuquerque Youth Symphony for two years. She has also performed in various quartets and duets in a wide variety of performance venues such as weddings and formal events. She greatly enjoys fiddling on her violin, a 100-year old antique handed down from her grandmother. She loves the variety and creative outlet that fiddling provides for her as a violinist, as well as the opportunity to sing, which she also loves to do! Jorrin has been playing since she was nine years old, beginning with a half-size instrument. She has studied both the Suzuki method as well as the more traditional Russian method. She recently graduated from Powell Academy as a home-schooled student, and has taken college courses through Oral Roberts University online and Pikes Peak Community College. She plans to attend Colorado Christian University and major in Music Education, so that she may pass on her love for both the violin and stage performance to the next generation of musicians.
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~ The Liberty Belles ~
Jennifer DeDominici, Amber Marek and Amalia Dobbins
Andrews Sisters-style ladies trio
The Liberty Belles is a trio of classically-trained, stage-savvy, fun-loving women who bring to life the songs of the great musical era of the 1940s with a light-hearted joy that is contagious.
Amber Marek, who has her degree in vocal performance from Oklahoma City University, has a passion for performing and teaching great music! She has sung on many stages in the US and Europe and although Amber’s main credits are on opera stages she enjoys performing all genera of music to include: baroque, blues, country, a cappella, classical, jazz, and opera alike. This summer Amber will be highlighting stages in Spain, Germany and the Czech Republic but is most excited to be joining voices with Amalia Dobbins and Jennifer DeDominici as The Liberty Belles!
Amalia Dobbins, mezzo-soprano, has performed extensively in opera, musical theater and oratorio. Favorite operatic and musical theater roles include Maud Dunlop in The Music Man, Bloody Mary in South Pacific, Nicklausse in Tales of Hoffmann, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Julia Child in the one-woman opera Bon Appetit! and Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls. As alto soloist, Ms. Dobbins’ oratorio appearances include The Verdi Requiem, Beethoven’s Mass in C major, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Saint-Saëns’ Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Handel’s Messiah. Amalia has a masters degree in voice from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
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~ All Those Who Wander ~
Nick and Danielle Booker and Forrest Alvarez
All Those Who Wander is a three piece folk alternative group creating original and traditional music. The group creates an eclectic mix of American, Scottish, and Irish folk styles combined with recorded sounds. From mandolin and penny whistle to tight harmonies and ballads, All Those Who Wander is a dazzling Colorado folk group making its way into the world of folk legends. The group is composed of Colorado natives Nicholas Booker, Danielle Booker, and Forrest Alvarez. All three are versatile musicians who perform on guitar, piano, penny whistle, flute, bodhran, mandolin, bouzouki, trombone, and vocals. The group is diverse in their schooled and unschooled musical backgrounds as well as their bold stylistic choices, resulting in a unique sound. They live and work in the tradition of great and varied folk artists such as Stan Rogers and Old Crow Medicine Show, while paving their own way with their exciting new songwriting.
Nicholas Booker performs in a myriad of styles, from folk to classical. He has studied flute since the age of nine, but the spark for his musical inspiration was lessons, jam sessions, and a church praise group on guitar in high school. He has always had a close relationship with folk music and has loved performing his music in settings from the Sydney Opera House to Scottish pubs. He has a strong classical background and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Denver, but his folk style is defined by bluegrass, Appalachian folk music, Canadian folk music, and Scottish and Irish folk musics. In keeping with folk traditions, he explores many instruments including guitar, flute, voice, piano, and penny whistle.
Danielle Booker is a Colorado-based musician who has enjoyed learning a wide variety of instruments over the years. She started singing at an early age, and took up the piano soon after that. At age 11 she was introduced to the trombone, and played in several Colorado honor bands through high school. She attended the University of Denver, obtaining her Bachelor of the Arts in Music in June of 2015, and played in a variety of ensembles both at the university and around Denver on trombone, euphonium, voice, penny whistle, and bodhran. Danielle also loves world music, and jumps at any opportunity to learn about music in other cultures and to try their instruments. Through the world music class at DU, she had the opportunity to perform in an impromptu Ghanaian drumming ensemble and played in a Balinese Gamelan ensemble. Though Danielle loves learning about all cultures and their music, Scottish music has always held a special place in her heart, and is currently learning to play guitar and bagpipes and would one day like to learn how to fiddle.
Forrest Alvarez has had the good fortune of playing music, often because of Nick Booker. Forrest likes music because it's a bit funny and a bit unusual. His favorite artists are Bob Dylan and Touchstone.
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~ Dean Phelps ~
Championship guitar picker and singer
Dean Phelps, folk guitarist and singer, 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. His music is regularly featured in worship services of DisciplesNet Church, an online congregation of the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. He is currently the interim regional minister for the Central Rocky Mountain Region of the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, in Denver. Samples of Dean's music, as well as a list of his albums, can be found at www.deanphelpsmusic.com.
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