FINE ARTS CONCERT SERIES 2019 ~ 2020
 
First United Methodist Church presents an exciting concert series, led by Dr. Jim Culver, Director of Music,
in a beautiful historic space with great acoustics. 
No tickets required.  A Love Offering will be collected at all concerts.
Parking is available in the church parking lot and the city
parking garage across the street (free on Sundays).
Doors open one hour before the concert.

 

Sunday, October 27
4:00 PM
Jim Culver
Our own Music Director promises to get you in the mood with organ classics- Bach, Vierne, DuBois, and Copland, plenty of Pop favorites from the 30’s to the 70’s, and back by popular demand, an olde time radio skit with plenty of organ arrangements to liven up the afternoon.  Come for a concert that will be fabulous and fun!
 
 
 
Sunday,
November 10
4:00 PM
 
Dick Hyman
The wonderful, the brilliant, the fantastic, the beloved, has played in 43 countries, ranging from Japan to Canada and beyond-and he’s here for the sixth time in our series!  His fame and versatility as a jazz pianist, organist, arranger, music director, composer, and classical performer are world-wide.  His mixed programs, along with delightful commentary, take the audience into the heart of a profound musical experience.  This will be a special concert–one you will surely want to attend.
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Sunday, 
December 8
10:30 AM

Messiah

George Frederick Handel’s cherished Messiah is fast becoming one of First Church’s holiday traditions.  As part of the 10:30 worship service, this concert of the Christmas portion of Messiah will be performed by choir, soloists and orchestra.  Be sure to share this beautiful Christmas gift with a friend.

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Sunday, 
January 20, 2020
 4:00 PM
 
Sarasota Opera Singers Studio Artists
 
One of our most popular concerts!  We showcase these singers up close and personal.  They are the opera stars of tomorrow – spectacular singers all – in a concert of exciting arias and show tunes.  Treat yourself to the beauty of the human voice.
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, Feb. 23  4:00 PM
 
 
Broadway Blockbusters
 
 Award-winning performers Craig & Heather Weiskerger bring you an afternoon of Broadway’s biggest hits from your favorite musicals.  This dynamic duo has appeared countless times in area theaters and in Europe and Asia.  Come for a delicious slice of the Great White Way right here in Bradenton!
 
 
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Sunday, March 22
4:00 PM
 
THE DITCHFIELD FAMILY SINGERS
 
Are beloved in the area – offering a wonderful blend of variety, entertainment, comedy, and heart-felt emotion.  This is their fourth visit on our series – each time to standing-room only audiences!  They are THAT good!
 
 
 
Sunday,
April 5 
10:30 AM
 
Faure Requiem
 
Enhance your holy week experience with the shimmering and luminous beauty of Faure’s radiant Requiem, a masterpiece of utter serenity.  This will comprise the bulk of the Palm Sunday 10:30 Service and will be performed with soloists, chorus, and orchestra.
 
 

2017 Faure’s Requiem

 

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The Fine Arts Concert Series relies on the support of its audience.  If you would like to become a supporter of our series, we invite you to join our list of donors.
 
The five donor categories are:  BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE   1500+
WHISTLES AND CHEERS            1000-1499
ENCORE PERFORMANCE             500-999
STANDING OVATION                   250-499
ENTHUSIASTIC APPLAUSE         100-249

APPLAUSE                                     25-99

All monies go directly to support this Concert Series and are tax deductible.  If you have any questions, please call Jim Culver at (941) 747-4406.