Fort Lauderdale, FL (September 24, 2015) – First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale (First Pres) will welcome some new musicians and some old favorites as they kick off the 2015-2016 Concert Series. The 2015-2016 Concert Series will feature eight concerts spanning a variety of genres from classical to broadway.
“Music is something that brings people together,” said Robin L. McEachern, Minister of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale. From world-renowned artists to outstanding choral ensembles and orchestras, our annual concert series offers something for everyone!”
First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale will launch its 2015-2016 Concert Series on Sunday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. with An Array of Instruments, in the church’s newly renovated Fellowship Hall (451 Tarpon Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301).
An Array of Instruments will feature instrumental solos by a plethora of accomplished musicians including Adam Bookspan, trumpet; Charlene Conner, harp; Susan Dodd, piano; Mei Mei Luo, violin; Gary Mayone, percussionist; Robin L. McEachern, organ; and Michael R. Sayers, organ.
There is no cost to attend a concert at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale (except for the Annual Kirk Singer Musical in March), but a free offering will be collected during each concert to help support the church’s annual concert series.
Upcoming concerts in the 2015-2016 series include:
The West Point Glee Club
From West Point Academy in New York State
Sunday, November 8 at 4 p.m.
For more than 100 years, this chorus of cadets has represented West Point Academy and the U.S. Army through music, and this concert is a chance for guests to enjoy a century-old tradition.
Annual Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 20 at 4 p.m.
This year’s Christmas concert will feature First Pres’ own concert pianists, Jimmy and Kitty Woodle, in a special composition dedicated to them by composer Joseph M. Martin, who will also be the guest artist and conductor. The church’s Cathedral Choir will sing the second portion of the program, and the guest orchestra accompaniment will be provided by members of the Symphony of the Americas.
Gold Coast Jazz Society
Sunday, February 14 at 4 p.m.
This special concert will feature a Valentine’s Day program entitled “Love Songs and Jazz Ballads,” where guests can enjoy a romantic afternoon concert and still make plans for a Valentine’s evening out afterwards. The ensemble will consist of two vocalists, piano, guitar, drums, sax and bass.
43rd Annual Kirk Singer Musical
Michael R. Sayers, Director
Thursday, March 3 to Sunday, March 6
The Kirk Singers will present their 43rd annual Broadway Musical Production in two dinner shows (Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5), and two theater-style performances (Thursday evening, March 3 and Sunday afternoon, March 6). Tickets, available after February 1 at www.firstpres.cc, will need to be purchased for each show.
Palm Sunday Concert
Robin L. McEachern, Conductor
Sunday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m.
The Church’s Cathedral Coir, soloists and orchestra will present a Palm Sunday concert in recognition of the Easter holiday.
Annual Children’s Choir Musical
Gretchen Fasulo, Conductor
Sunday, May 3 at 11 a.m. (during the traditional morning worship service)
First Pres’ Children’s Choirs will present their Spring concert, featuring music about faith and scripture. There is always a lesson remembered for years to come both by the children and the congregation.
Kirk Singer Farewell Concert
Michael R. Sayers, Conductor
Sunday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m.
The 2015-2016 Concert Series will conclude with the church’s Kirk Singers youth choir (grades 9-12) in their farewell concert prior to their Annual Summer Choir Tour.
For more information about the concert series, contact Robin McEachern, Minister of Music at (954) 598-9322 or RobinM@firstpres.cc. For additional information about First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale, its worship schedule or its diverse array of faith-based and social programming, please visit www.firstpres.cc, call (954) 462-6200 or like the church’s Facebook page by clicking here.
About First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale
Founded in 1912, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale is located on the banks of the New River in the historic Colee Hammock neighborhood in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. With more than 1,800 members, and a strong core of volunteers, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale prides itself in offering something for everyone, regardless of age. Since 1947, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale has operated Happyland Day School, a pre-school for ages two to Kindergarten that provides a quality Christian environment for the children of the community. Adult, youth and children choirs as well as youth groups offer ample opportunity for fellowship at any age. An Adult Activity Center is open to senior citizens and features weekly lunches, entertainment and monthly bus trips. First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale offers two regular Sunday services as well as special worship services held throughout the year to commemorate significant days. For more information, please visit the website at www.firstpres.cc.