“Concerts in a Country Church,” now in its sixth season, recently announced the programs for the 2018-2019 choral season, including a performance this month.
The series, sponsored by St. Colman Catholic Church, features a variety of serious music and music-makers, including strings, brass, woodwinds, chorus, various soloists and organ. Last year’s work was Mozart’s “Requiem” and was received with great enthusiasm. The first program, which will be held on Oct. 14 at 3 p.m., will utilize the same musical forces of chorus, soloists and orchestra in a concert performance of the Mass in C Major by Ludwig von Beethoven.
“This is an utterly stunning, even if underperformed, work of quintessential Beethoven. It has all the charm, loveliness of melody, surprises of harmony, dramatic exposition and expression and exquisite serenity that one expects from the best of a genius composer. It is probably a once-in-a-lifetime event for our community.” said Craig Jaynes, music director at the church who will conduct the performance.
Members of the Choir of St. Colman, along with invited guests, will provide the chorus for the Beethoven concert. Soloists for the event include Beth Cram Porter and Mark Spencer of Cedarville University, Carolyn Redman of Newark and David White of Hillsboro.
A chamber orchestra of 22 players, all professionals (and mostly from the area), will accompany. Maretta Alden is concert-master for the orchestra.
The second program, “Playing with the Big Boys, part 2” is Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 3 p.m. and will call upon Jaynes for a program of solo organ works by major composers as well as some lighter fare.
The concerts will be held at St. Colman Church, 219 S. North St. in Washington Court House. Season tickets (covering both concerts) are $25 each and guarantee ticket holders seats in the reserved section of the church, where total seating is limited to 200. Checks may be made to St. Colman/CONCERTS and mailed to CONCERTS, 219 S. North St., Washington Court House, OH 43160.
Additionally, tickets can be reserved by calling the music director at 937-675-7055 or, if available, may also be purchased at the door. Single event tickets, if available, are $20 for the first program in October and $10 for the second program in April of next year and must be purchased at the door.
Stay with the Record-Herald for more updates about the Concerts in a Country Church series.