Experience A Whole New World of Music

By October 29, 2015Music & Worship Arts

Spectrum Concert Series_HSSpectrum Concert Series

Monday, November 9
7:00 pm | Leonard Memorial Chapel

The next Spectrum Concert is just around the corner, and you won’t want to miss it! The Spectrum, Fort Worth’s first professional chamber music group, will perform two seasonal concerts at FUMCFW.

Six members of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) founded the Spectrum Chamber Music Ensemble in 1986 to present concerts of music for smaller ensembles. David Hermann, a FWSO member since 1979 and one of the founding members of Spectrum, feels like Spectrum can be as eclectic as possible since there are no limits on the number of performers or the types of pieces. “We try to be a group that will allow any number of pro musicians in the area to perform small works in an intimate setting,” David says. Over the years, the group has expanded to include other FWSO performers, faculty members from nearby schools, and local professional musicians. “We are more of an umbrella organization in that there’s no specific membership,” David adds. “We generally pull musicians from the FWSO, local universities, and music teachers.”

spectrum_0008_b1Spectrum partners with FUMCFW to provide a free performance venue that is open to the Fort Worth community and surrounding areas. David thinks one of the best parts of the concert series is that Spectrum hasn’t let the economy get in the way of hosting the concerts. “Due in large part to the generosity of First Methodist, our audience has been allowed to come in for free concerts,” David says. “The ability to put these concerts on isn’t decided by ticket sales, and that is an important aspect of the series.”

The intimate setting within the Leonard Memorial Chapel allows musicians and audience members to experience an up-close-and-personal evening of music. As David describes it, “I have always felt that there is a bit of a crossover between spirituality and classical music that is a more universal language than speech. A church setting puts the audience in a better frame of mind to think beyond just the notes playing and focus on how they feel about what the composer is trying to say.”

In the 19 seasons of concerts at FUMCFW and one other venue, Spectrum has performed 357 different compositions by 163 individual composers. Join us for the upcoming concert on Monday, November 9, at 7:00 pm in the Leonard Memorial Chapel for some never-before-seen performances. From light entertainment to folk songs, it’ll be music to your ears.

For more information, please contact Peggy Graff (pgraff@myfumc.org) at 817/339-2405.


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