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Fine Arts at First Concert Series

November 5, 2017, December 17, 2017, February 11, 2018, March 18, 2018, May 6, 2018

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The free concert series presents six concerts in the 2017-2018 season.

Bringing a different kind of food to the hungry, First United Methodist Church seeks to offer beauty to the community through music and the fine arts. To that end, Fine Arts at First was founded as an outreach ministry of First United Methodist Church to invite Kenosha and surrounding communities to attend quality concerts and recitals in a religious environment filled with history, unique architecture, a magnificent pipe organ, and a world-class Böesendorfer concert grand piano. The inaugural season was the 2005-2006 series.

Each Sunday afternoon performance within the nave of the acoustic sanctuary concludes with a reception in the beautiful Bauer-King Hall where you may chat with performers and enjoy dessert.

Jessica Deboer, Director.

  • September 17, 2017 at 3 p.m.: Ross Salvosa, Piano. Mr. Salvosa is on the piano faculty of the Chopin Academy of Music in Issaquah, Washington, and has performed around the world as an orchestra soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. His program will include works by Bach, Chopin, Ravel, Brahms, and Ginastera.
  • November 5, 2017 at 3 p.m.: Belle Ensemble: Musical Mystics Spanning the Atlantic. Hailing from Racine, the Belle Ensemble is a singers’ collective, committed to performing rarely heard and beautiful works of vocal chamber music. Musical Mystics Spanning the Atlantic is a concert of devotional music of Samuel Barber and Benjamin Britten, including Britten’s Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac, and his Hymn to St. Cecilia; and the Hermit Songs and other works of Samuel Barber.
  • December 17, 2017 at 6 p.m.: 13th Annual Community Sing-Along: Handel’s Messiah. Join your voice with director Gregory Berg, soloists, and the Festival Arts Chamber Orchestra for our 13th Annual Community Messiah Sing-Along. Enjoy the glittering lights, candles, and Handel’s glorious music. If you have music, please bring it. No experience necessary – you don’t even have to sing! Featured Soloists: Marikatherine Bock, soprano; Libbi Weisinger, alto; Nicholas Huff, tenor; and Michael Anderle, baritone.
  • February 11, 2018 at 3 p.m.: Frankly Music: Czech It Out! Violinist Frank Almond returns to Fine Arts at First and this time, he’s bringing some friends along. Frankly Music is a Milwaukee-based chamber music collective whose artistic mission is to present outstanding chamber music in a unique format, combining exceptional performances with educational and social elements. Join us for an afternoon of music by Czech composers Bohuslav Martinū, Leoš Janáček, and Antonín Dvorák.
  • March 18, 2018 at 3 p.m.: The Merling Trio. Based at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, the Merling Trio has been performing together for over 20 years. Members Renata Artman Knific, violin; Bruce Uchimura, cello; and Susan Wiersma Uchimura, piano have performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. The Merling Trio will be featuring selections from their newest project, “The Great American Songbook”, with works by Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and Henry Mancini. The Merling Trio is recognized as one of today’s premier ensembles. A truly international trio, it brings together musicians from Polish, Japanese, and Dutch backgrounds. The Merling Trio has been hailed as a brilliantly distinguished group endowed with remarkable gifts of communication, magnificent precision, and an impeccable blend of sound. The trio made its New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1993, and was named a finalist for the Naumburg Foundation Chamber Music Award in 1994.
  • May 6, 2018 at 3 p.m.: Fine Arts Jazz Ensemble Presents: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Getting to the Gig