The Summer of  Music at FUMCFW!

By June 15, 2019

With the lazy hazy days of summer now fully upon us, we want to emphasize that the music scene at FUMCFW never rests! Be sure to mark your calendar and plan to attend a wide range of talented, stirring, and uplifting music events including:

Broadway at the Church

On June 23 in Wesley Hall, our very own Choral Union and Adoramus will bring Broadway to First Church with selections from Guys and Dolls, Les Miserables, Sweet Charity, Oklahoma!, Carousel, Music Man, and other show-stopping Broadway favorites performed by a combination of the entire choir, various ensembles, duets, and soloists. Lunch reservations are now closed; but you can still attend this casual, family-friendly churchwide celebration of summer in Wesley Hall that is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and a lift to your spirit!

Stars and Stripes In the Garden

While it may be hard to believe that June is nearly over — and we’re headed to that famous summer milestone of Fourth of July — we’re not letting the month go by without a little forward-thinking brass! On June 30, the weekend before the Fourth of July, our friends from DFW Brass will be back at First Church, ramping us up with patriotic music selections in the Garden between services, from 10:30-11:00 am. While they’ll also be playing in both services, it’s rumored that they’ll really cut loose between services in the garden and deliver what is always an uplifting and toe-tapping good time in honor of the coming holiday celebrations.

Chamber Music

On July 7, just one week after the DFW Brass in the Garden, FUMCFW will host the Solana String Quartet, comprised of young talented artists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who will participate in the 22nd season of the annual Mimir Chamber Music Festival at TCU.

Since its launch in 1998, the Mimir Chamber Music Festival has enjoyed a growing audience of fans from throughout the Southwest. Named for the Norse god of wisdom, the Mimir Chamber Music Festival features outstanding musicians from the world’s leading orchestras, music schools and concert halls.

In addition to presenting more than 100 exceptional concerts, these renowned artists have mentored more than 250 talented young Emerging Artists, both in the United States and Australia, garnering an international reputation as a leading venue for chamber music performance and instruction.

This season, Mimir will present seven concerts (Five Mimir Artists concerts and two Emerging Artists concerts), and all performances — except for its generous stop at FUMCFW on July 7,— are at TCU’s PepsiCo Recital Hall, with one Sunday matinee performance at the Kimbell Art Museum’s Renzo Piano Pavilion.

Be sure to join us July 7 in the Sanctuary to experience the magic and intimacy of chamber music and this very special performance of the Mimir Chamber Music Festival.

Give our choirs a break – it’s time for MorningSong! –  July 14, 21, 28, and August 4

After a year of spectacular worship music with too many special anthems to count (Hear them again on the special FUMCFW Music play list we’ve created for you on SoundCloud!), and the 2018-2019 Gift of Music concert season, we give our choirs a well-deserved break. And, with all the fine musical inspiration we’ve received throughout the year, now it’s our turn to share our own gift of music (be that as it may) with our church during worship.

All ages and stages are welcome, no experience or real talent required –  just bring your enthusiastic willingness to sing for your church and a desire to experience the view of our beautiful sanctuary usually reserved for our choir members (and once you’ve done this, you may want to become one!) This summer, the dates are July 14, 21, 28, and August 4.

To participate in MorningSong, just show up in the choir rehearsal room on the second floor 30 minutes prior to any Sanctuary service to rehearse, and then you’ll be ready to experience and enjoy worship in a whole new way. See you in the loft!

Questions? Just ask us!

Robert Stovall, Director of Music and Worship Arts at rstovall@myfumc.org

Peggy Graff, Organist/Associate Director of Music and Worship Arts pgraff@myfumc.org

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