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The Gift of Music Concert Series

The Gift of Music concert series at First Church is designed for people of all ages. We hope you will take a look at the variety of concerts being offered this season and consider attending one or more of them. When you hear beautiful music, you get inspired in a way that is “beyond the spoken word!”

Contact: Thomas Williams | twilliams@myfumc.org | 817-339-5074
Peggy Graff | pgraff@myfumc.org | 817-339-2405

The Gift of Music Concert Series 2022 – 2023

Crossroad Singers 25th Anniversary Concert

Sunday, September 11, 2022
6:00 pm | Wesley Hall

Crossroad Singers, organized in 1997 by former FUMC Associate Pastor Kent Kilbourne and Dr. David Grant, will celebrate 25 years of songs presented by the group in traditional worship. This concert will also feature folk and bluegrass music of the 1960’s, including classics by Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary, the New Christy Minstrels, and Flatt and Scruggs. This will be a toe-tapping good time for listeners of all ages!

Fort Worth Chorale: American Treasures

Sunday, October 16, 2022
3:30 pm | Sanctuary

Master composer/arranger Shawn Kirchner headlines our fall concert as guest artist, accompanying his compositions at piano, and premiering a commissioned work for our 60th Anniversary. Join us for a concert of his jazz, bluegrass, gospel, and folk-infused music, as well as gems of American music by Dello Joio, Lauridsen and LaBarr that are sure to stir the heart.

Guest choir: Paschal High School Panther Chorale, Nathan Benavides, director

Hymn Festival

Sunday, October 23, 2022
4:00 pm | First Presbyterian Church Fort Worth
1000 Penn Street

The chancel choirs of First United Methodist, First Presbyterian, University Christian, and St. Stephen Presbyterian will present a hymn festival under the direction of Aaron David Miller, renowned concert organist, composer and guest director for the festival.  This event will be held at First Presbyterian Church – Fort Worth and is free to the public.

Adoramus Advent Presentation

Sunday, November 27, 2022
11:00 am |  Sanctuary

Adoramus Chamber Singers will present music of the Advent and Christmas season at the Traditional worship service.

Choral Union Advent Presentation

Sunday, December 11, 2022
11:00 am | Sanctuary

Choral Union Advent Choir will be featured in Traditional worship on this third Sunday of Advent.

Concert Bells of Fort Worth

Sunday, December 11, 2022
3:00 pm | Location TBD
A Wintry Mix

The forecast is mostly Christmas carols with scattered seasonal sounds and an occasional flurry of fun!

Join us to hear this outstanding handbell ensemble!

Nebraska Wesleyan University Choirs

Saturday, January 7, 2023
7:00 pm | Sanctuary
How Can We Keep From Singing?

Offering a kaleidoscopic array of music by diverse composers, Nebraska Wesleyan’s University Choir and Jazz Choir come to Fort Worth as part of its annual concert tour.  Under the direction of Tom Trenney and Sam Eschliman, the choirs will sing compelling works by Pavel Chesnokov, Gwynneth Walker, Jake Runestad, Rosephanye Powell, Felix Mendelssohn, Moses Hogan, and Alessandro Scarlatti. Expressing both great joy and deep sorrow, both fervent hope and honest fear, this powerful, soulful program is sure to inspire. How can we keep from singing?

Orpheus Chamber Singers

Sunday, February 19, 2023
4:00 pm | Sanctuary
Folk Song Fête

Orpheus will be joined by local high school choirs in a program of folk songs from around the world. Tickets will go live by the end of July.  FUMCFW members can use the discount code FUMCFW to purchase tickets $15 online (also available at the door).

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Lenten Organ Recital featuring organists Peggy Graff and Andy Rose

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
11:30 am | Sanctuary
Luncheon | 12:15 pm | Wesley Hall

Take an extended noon hour to be with us as we hear Peggy Graff and Andy Rose present a Lenten Organ Recital at FUMC, home the Anne S. and Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ built by Dan Garland and Associates. Join us for a light lunch following the recital in Wesley Hall. (A free-will lunch offering will go towards the Methodist Justice Ministry).

Peter Richard Conte Organ Recital

Friday, May 5, 2023
7:00 pm | Sanctuary

Possessing nearly unparalleled technical facility, a brilliant ear for tonal color, and innovative programming style, Peter Richard Conte is one the most admired “orchestral” organists of this era.  Appointed in 1989 as the fourth Wanamaker Grand Court Organist and presiding over the world’s largest fully functioning musical instrument (29,000 pipes) at Macy’s Center City in downtown Philadelphia, Mr. Conte is a masterful and enthralling performer, arranger of jaw-dropping organ transcriptions, and creatively astute silent film accompanist who is equally at home with a work by Franck or accompanying a Charlie Chaplin film.

The Harp in Worship Conference at FUMCFW

Come and hear some of the best harpists in the country at one or all of the evening concerts offered as part of “The Harp in Worship Conference.”  No advance tickets required, free will donations accepted at the door. Sanctuary doors will open at 6:30 pm for every performance.

Thursday, June 22, 2023
7:00 pm | Sanctuary

Uplifting music for harp and organ, solo harp, and harp and voice featuring Peggy Graff, organ, and Laura L. Brandenburg, harp, harpist Bonnie Mohr, and more!

Friday, June 23, 2023
7:00 pm | Sanctuary

Harp as you’ve never heard it before! Featuring Frank Voltz on harp and keyboard, performing all original gospel jazz compositions and arrangements, jazz harpist Cindy Horstman and Michael Medina on bass, and The Dallas Jazz Harp Ensemble.

Saturday, June 24, 2023
7:00 pm | Sanctuary

Music to inspire, edify and bless you! Harp in Worship Presenter Showcase!

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