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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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 7, 3:00 p.m.

Carol Wilson, organ recital

        Works based on chorales and hymns from the Baroque to the present time

by Johann Gottfried Walther, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Max Reger,        Ralph Vaughan Williams, Helmut Walcha, Paul Manz and Michael Burkhardt

in celebration of 25 years as organist at First Christian Church

and

J.S. Bach's -Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

Johann Christian Bach -Quintet for Flute, Oboe, Violin, Cello and Keyboard

Denis Bedard - Petite Suite for Organ Duet with Bonnie Linder

Charles Marie Widor - Symphonie No. 5 - 1st movement

        Carol Wilson is the organist at First Christian Church in Colorado Springs.  She received her Bachelor of Music degree in organ and piano performance at Colorado State University in 1973.  Her Master of Music degree, also in organ and piano performance, was earned at the University of Kansas in 1989.  While in Kansas, she taught organ and piano at Ottawa University and was university organist.  In addition to playing at First Christian Church, Carol teaches piano and organ, is an adjunct faculty member at Colorado College, accompanies in the community, manages the First Christian Church concert series, and is an active performer on organ and piano, and oversees the care of the church gardens.  She is a member of the American Guild of Organists and Pikes Peak Music Teachers Association. 

 Carol at FCC organ

 

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*October 5, 3:00 p.m.

Air Force Academy Band

Academy Winds - woodwind quintet, percussion and vocals

(free)

Academy Winds

George Frideric Handel -Menuet and Hornpipe from “Watermusic”

 Francis Scott Key/John Stafford Smith - National Anthem

George Frideric Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from “Solomon”

 Paul Creston - Meditation for Marimba and Organ with Airman First Class Matthew Levine, marimba

 Roberto Juan Rodriguez - Wolfie’s Corner

 Franz Strauss - Nocturno for Horn and Organ with Technical Sergeant Gerald Welker, horn

 Craig Philips - Dance for Bassoon and Organ with Master Sergeant Alex Vieira, bassoon

 Manning Sherwin/Eric Maschwitz - A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

 Traditional - A Touch O’ Irish

 Michael W. Smith - There She Stands

 Armed Services Medley, arr. SMSgt (ret.) Mark Firks

  

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*November 2, 3:00 p.m.

Fountain Creek Brass Band, directed by Debbie Baker

      The Fountain Creek Brass Band, an elite 33-member ensemble in the classic British brass band tradition, champions music in community and educational settings, inspiring a new generation of audiences, both young and old.  They continually strive for excellence in musical performance by adding diverse sets of literature to their repertoire and encouraging the growth of the musical skills of the group. The ensemble seeks opportunities to collaborate with school music programs in the form of joint concerts or special fundraising events from elementary to college level in the Pikes Peak and Front Range region. 

fountain creek brass band

     If you attend a Fountain Creek Brass Band concert, you will likely notice a certain energy flowing from the podium. Perpetual motion might well define Director Debbie Baker's style and approach to conducting and leading the FCBB towards excellence as one of the region's finest performing groups. You don't need to go far to verify that her energy has had an effect on the local musical world--just ask about any of her award- winning students at Colorado Springs Christian School, where Debbie serves as the Director of Bands and Director of Fine Arts.  Debbie began her career with FCBB in 1999 as the associate director, and in 2002 was appointed as the musical director.   She earned her Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Masters in Music degrees from Kansas State University, and is a member of the American School Band Directors Association, Colorado Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, Tau Beta Sigma, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Beta Mu. She also serves regularly as a clinician and adjudicator for state and regional music contest and workshop events.

debbie baker, director of fountain creek brass band

 Home of Legends by Paul Lovatt-Cooper; Conqueror by J. Moorhouse;

Irish Dances by Stephen Bulla; Diogenes by Jacob de Haan;

Toccata in D Minor by J.S. Bach, arranged by Ray Farr,  soloist:  Carol Wilson, organ;

Colour of Brass by Bertrand Moren; With Fire and Sword by Peter Graham

  

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 November 9, 3:00 p.m.

Chamber Singers of the Colorado Springs Chorale

directed by Kimberley Schultz

J.S. Bach's Magnificat and other numbers, accompanied by orchestra.

 chamber singers

      The Chamber Singers of the Colorado Springs Choral Society is the Chorale’s 24-member ensemble, currently performing their fifth season.  The Chamber Singers, composed of auditioned singers from within the larger Chorale membership, represents the Choral Society in venues and at events where a larger chorus would be impractical. The Chamber Singers was founded by Director-Conductor Kimberley Schultz in 2010 with the mission to support education and community outreach, encouraging young people to pursue their singing interests beyond high school and college, and to recruit singers for the Choral Society in general.  

      The Chamber Singers perform choral literature from across the centuries. This season includes works by Handl, Bach, Rachmaninoff, Durufle, Finzi, Orban, Scriven, Paulus, Whitacre, and others.  In April, the Chamber Singers join with the Summit Ensemble of the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale to host the 3rd annual X-VOX: Generations Joined in Song, in a three-day workshop with local high schools and colleges, culminating in a public performance of Durufle’s Requiem.

     Through annual touring days at local high schools, the Chamber Singers encourage students’ further development and future interest in choral singing.  During these visits, invitations are extended to recommended singer-apprentices (“Choral Scholars”) to perform with the larger symphonic chorus for at least one concert season. In past years, Choral Scholars have come from local high schools: Rampart, Wasson, Pine Creek, Manitou Springs, Discovery Canyon, Falcon, Mitchell, Liberty, and Cheyenne Mountain.  This year’s student opportunities include two performances of Mozart’s Requiem with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic at the Pikes Peak Center, and Breath of Spring with the Chorale and Chamber Singers.

      Each year, the Chamber Singers host a Messiah sing-along at First Christian Church, with instrumental ensemble.  In 2013, the group sang at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City, under the direction of composer-conductor, Dr. René Clausen from ConcordiaCollege in Moorhead, MN, presenting Dr. Clausen’s work, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, for chorus and wind ensemble.   Other performances have included Carmina Burana at the Pikes Peak Center with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony and also with the CS Children’s Chorale and the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble (2012), and The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass performed with Jake Schepps and the Expedition Quartet at the Meadowgrass Music Festival (2012).  The Chamber Singers have also performed with the Cherry Creek Children’s Chorus in Denver (2010), at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver (2011), and at Studio Bee in the Pikes PeakCenter in Colorado Springs as part of the Showcase at Studio Bee concert series (2011).  

      Chamber Singers Members:  Jen Budnick, Nancy Day, Siobhan Downey, Gale Dupré, Sandie Guenther, Laura Hatler, Jon Heinecke, John Hetzler, Carla Hoit, Steve Jordahl, Janna Kelley, Bryce Kennedy, Scott King, Rachel Knighton, Kathleen Miller, Jane Moore, Sean Moore, Meggan O’Mahony, Geoff Peters, Debbie Salamander, Aaron Springer, Mike Swierc, Ron Stauffer, & Janna Winkle.

       Kimberley Schultz is the founder and conductor of the Chamber Singers of the Colorado Springs Choral Society.  She also serves as the Director of Music at First Christian Church, where she conducts the Children’s, Youth, Chancel and Handbell choirs.  Ms. Schultz received her Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, where she served as the graduate teaching assistant for choirs.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music and History from DukeUniversity.  Ms. Schultz was selected as a conductor for the National Conductor’s Symposium in Vancouver, B.C., in May of 2010.  Ms. Schultz has over a decade of choral conducting experience, as a vocal music instructor in the public and parochial schools for 7 years, as a private piano and voice teacher for nearly 20 years, and as a judge for choral festivals in town.  She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the music honors society, as well as the American Choral Directors Association and Chorus America.

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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 http://www.chamberorchestraofthesprings.org for tickets

 

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 *November 30, 7:00 p.m.

Annual Messiah Sing-Along

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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*January 18, 3:00 p.m.

Eric Wicks, organist with Elisa Wicks, violinist

 

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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 http://www.chamberorchestraofthesprings.org for tickets

 

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  *February 8, 3:00 p.m.

Chamber Music 

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 http://www.chamberorchestraofthesprings.org for tickets

 

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 *March 22, 3:00 p.m.

Annual Bach Celebration Concert

Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with David Artley, 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 http://www.chamberorchestraofthesprings.org 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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*May 17, 3:00 p.m.

Colorado Springs Flute Choir

directed by Karen Morsch

 

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 More information to come.....