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Each year, the Concert Series at First Church offers a number of fine programs of sacred music featuring our own ensembles, as well as local and nationally acclaimed artists and ensembles.  It is financially supported by a patron program and freewill offerings. 



 


 

First Church Concert Series

2016-2017


 


 


Sunday, September 18 at 3:00 p.m.



Jooyoung Kim, piano

Pianist, Jooyoung Kim, a native of South Korea, has been critically acclaimed on international stages for her dazzling technique, superb musicianship, and exquisite artistry.  Since making her debut at the age of twelve as a soloist with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Kim has presented numerous solo and chamber recitals in Korea, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and the United States. Her upcoming and recent performances on a number of notable concert series include: The Pianists of the World Series at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, UK, Music Mondays in Toronto, Canada, Les Dimanches Musicaux Concert Series, Atelier Concert Series in Paris, France.  Currently, Dr. Jooyoung Kim serves as Adjunct Piano Professor at Indiana Wesleyan and is a Steinway artist.  



 


Friday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m.



Mark Kroos, guitar

Mark Kroos plays two guitar necks at the same time. Originally from Lansing, MI, but currently based in Charlotte, NC, he is one of the only people in the world touring his trade. His instrumental style is characterized by open harmonies, polyphonic textures, incredible tapping technique, and is as entertaining to watch as it is to listen. Live performances burst with energy and magnetism not typical of solo guitar music. Drawing influence from folk, Celtic, indie, and even punk rock artists, Mark has developed his own edge to the acoustic guitar.

Check out his performance of “Dueling Banjos” on Youtube!


 


 


Sunday, October 30 at 4:00 p.m.







Fall Festival Chorus

“When We Were Young…Or Not Born Yet”

 

 

The Fall Festival Chorus is a community chorus made up of singers from all walks of life, who enjoy singing, but can’t necessarily commit to a full year of singing with a larger group.  The choir begins rehearsals the last week of July, and performs four concerts (all on Sundays) in October and November at different churches throughout the area.  The Chorus’s director is Charles Kobb, and is accompanied by Janice Kobb.


 


 


Friday, November 4, at 7:30 p.m. – Agnes Wan, piano

 





Praised as a “big pianist, big musician, big potential” with “compelling artistry that draws the listeners in and envelops them with musical joy,” Agnes Wan’s most recent engagements included a highly successful recital on the “Pianists of the World” series at the prestigious St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, United Kingdom, where she performed for a full house.   Dr. Wan is a first prize winner at the Paris Grand Prize Virtuoso Music Competition and the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition.  Currently she is Assistant Professor of Piano at Virginia State University and an Adjunct Lecturer of Applied Music (Piano) at the College of William and Mary.   Dr. Wan is a Steinway Artist.    

 


 


 


 Sunday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. – Procession of the Nativity

Join your voices with all the vocal choirs of First Church as we “walk” through the Old Testament prophecy of the Messiah, The Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, and on to the Nativity in this splendid, reverent, worship concert, full of beautiful music, costumes, and instruments. 

Come and worship Emmanuel: God With Us       

 


 


 


 Saturday, January 28, at 7:30 p.m.

Dean and Friends – A Night at the Movies

Organist and pianist, Dean Wagner is joined by his friends, both instrumental and vocal to present a program of music from soundtracks of your favorite films.   

Prior to the concert, the Epworth Youth Choir serves a pasta dinner from 4:30 until 7 p.m. as a fundraiser for the annual tour.  Plan to make a whole evening at the church!

 


 


 


Sunday, April 2, at 7 p.m.  Epworth Choir Home Concert

The award-winning Epworth Youth Choir of First Church presents the home concert from their 52nd annual spring tour which takes them to Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana.  This 42 voice choir of 7th through 12th graders stands in a long line of tradition since its founding in 1934.  Spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ has always been the reason this choir travels across the country.  Be sure to invite your friends and family and come and share in the beauty of Word and music. 


 


 


 Sunday, April 9, at 3 p.m. John Mortensen, piano

Dr. John Mortensen enjoys an unusually broad career as a performer and teacher of classical and jazz piano.  After his concert in Eisk, Russian Federation, the Russian press wrote that “… for John Mortensen Russia has always been close musically. He plays with especial passion the works of Sergei Rachmaninoff. ‘I don’t speak Russian, I speak Rachmaninoff,’ was heard from the mouth of the pianist during the concert. And truly, during the performance of the work of the great Russian composer, in the hall peoples of different nationalities disappeared — it seemed from the stage sang and wept the Russian soul. The chords of the next Rachmaninoff prelude had not even been played, and the hall was already conquered.”   A Steinway Artist, he now serves as artist faculty at the Masterworks Festival and Professor of Piano at Cedarville University.

 


 


 


 First United Methodist Church

245 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221


A free-will offering is taken.

All concerts have childcare available.


You may become a patron of the concert series by sending your gracious tax deductible gift to the church, marked to the attention of the music department.

• Friend $10-24

• Patron $25-49

• Bronze Benefactor $50-99

• Silver Benefactor $100-249

• Gold Benefactor $250-499

• Platinum Benefactor $500 or more

 






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