Coming up next in the Main Series:
In the Sanctuary.
Featuring two major works for women’s voices and chamber orchestra: Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria in D Major, illuminates the important but little known role that women played in the development of this musical masterpiece. Reena Esmail’s I Rise: Women in Song illuminates the multifaceted experience of being a woman in this world.
Les Cloches: Celebrating Bells and Bourdons in French Organ Music
feat. Dr. Rose Whitmore, Assistant Professor of Music and College Organist, Principia College
Imaginary Theatre Company
The Elves and the Shoemaker
feat. Chancel Choir and Orchestra
Equinox Chamber Players
Dr. Steven Ball
Director of Music at The Oratory of St. Francis de Sales
The mission of the Con Spirito Concert Series of the First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood is to strengthen the church’s mission to lift up the minds and hearts of people to God, to each other and to life in its totality. Seeking to attract a diverse audience, the musical events in the concert series feature high quality ensembles, composers, conductors and soloists from both the local and world-wide artistic communities. This music ministry enhances the experiences of both our congregation and the community through programming that best complement the excellent acoustics and aesthetic beauty of our diverse and wonderful facilities. The concert series continues the First Presbyterian Church tradition of outreach through musical offerings.
The Con Spirito Concert Committee was formed at First Presbyterian to strengthen the church’s mission to lift up the minds and hearts of people to God, to each other and to life in its totality. Seeking to attract a diverse audience, the musical events in the Concert Series feature high quality ensembles, composers, conductors and soloists from both the local and world-wide artistic communities.
Each year since its inception the Committee has worked diligently to follow this mission through yearly programs of main season concerts and recitals during Lent. In recent years we have also added the Notes@9 programs each Sunday in July. We strive to present a variety of musical experiences which, we hope, will be inviting for the members of our congregation and the community at large. Our series have included college and adult choirs, organ recitals, instrumental ensembles, handbell choirs, bluegrass and folk music groups, vocalists, instrumentalists, and our own Chancel Choir and Orchestra. Each year we also sponsor a children’s musical from the Imaginary Theatre Company.
This year we are adding a new series of French Fridays which will feature a light French-inspired repast followed by a program of French music, highlighting our wonderful Casavant organ. As you look through our calendar of events, we hope you will be inspired to join us often throughout the year as we celebrate our 20th season.
Bill Stein, Artistic Director
Cassandra Tessereau, Committee Chair