Fort Lauderdale, FL (October 20, 2015) – On Sunday, November 8 at 4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale (First Pres) will present the West Point Glee Club for the second concert in its 2015-2016 Concert Series in the church’s newly renovated Sanctuary, 401 SE 15th Ave. The concert is free to the public.
“At First Pres, music is such an integral part of the way we worship and is featured prominently in both our Traditional and Contemporary Worship services on Sunday mornings,” said Robin L. McEachern, Minister of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale. “Our Concert Series is another way we are inviting people to connect through music at First Pres, so it was important for us to continue to offer these musical experiences for free and make it easy for anyone who is interested to attend.”
The West Point Glee Club, from West Point Military Academy in New York State, has been representing the West Point Academy and the U.S. Army through music for more than 100 years. Under the direction of Constance Chase and accompanied by Andrea Shaut, the group has performed throughout the United States, including at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Grand Ole Opry.
The concert will feature some of the favorites from the Glee Club’s repertoire, which encompasses all genres of American and international choral composition, from early music to contemporary.
Upcoming concerts in the 2015-2016 series include:
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 Choir, soloists and orchestra will present a Palm Sunday concert in celebration of the beginning of Holy Week.
Annual Children’s Choir Musical
Gretchen Fasulo, Conductor
Sunday, May 1 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 Singer youth choir (grades 9-12) in their farewell concert prior to their Annual Summer Choir Tour.
A free-will offering will be collected during each concert to help support the church’s annual concert series.
For more information about the concert series, contact Robin McEachern, 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.