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2015/2016 Performing Arts Schedule

First Plymouth Opening Service of Celebration
Sunday, October 11, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
This Sunday marks a very special time in the life of First Plymouth Congregational Church as we celebrate the opening of our newly renovated sanctuary!  During this service we will remember our past, live our present, and look towards our future at First Plymouth as we hear spoken word from six generations. The First Plymouth Chancel Choir and Orchestra will feature anthems from Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living”, and a heralding fanfare will begin the service as the brass and percussion ring through the walls of First Plymouth, featuring Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man”. Arts at Plymouth and the First Plymouth Endowment are proud to sponsor this glorious service of fanfare, music, singing, choir and orchestra, along with processions of choir, children, banners, and spoken word!  Come celebrate with us and revel in the beauty for the senses of sight and sound.

Benjamin Ehrlich, Organist
Saturday, November 7, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Associate Director of Music and Organist at First Plymouth, Benjamin performs the first organ concert in our newly renovated sanctuary. A native of Bainbridge, Georgia, Benjamin has studied organ with E. Tibbs, Michael Corzine, Willis Bodine, Mark Coffey, Laura Ellis, and Joseph Galema. He has received his Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Florida. He is active in the Denver area as an accompanist and regularly works with the choirs from Jefferson Jr./Sr. High in Edgewater, CO and Sandoval Elementary in Denver. Benjamin has served as Dean of the Denver Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. His program will feature works by composers: Herbert Murrill, Wilbur Held, Jeanne Demessieux, Florence Price, Mary Ellen Kerrick, J. S. Bach, David Ashley White, Adolphus Hailstork, and Felix Mendelssohn.[Free-will offering]

The Rocky Mountain Flute Choir
Saturday, November 21, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
The Rocky Mountain Flute Choir welcomes you to join us as we perform a deliciously complex variety of styles of music. We hope to fill your ears with a plateful of musical flavors for this “Musical Buffet”. You will be entertained with sounds from Cuba, Argentina, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States, to name a few. All it will cost you is a little time and imagination. The concert is free and open to the public and we invite you to join us for a flavorful reception following the concert.

First Plymouth Chancel Choir and Orchestra Christmas Concert
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
The First Plymouth Chancel Choir and Orchestra, under the direction of Frank Perko III, Director of Worship, Music and Arts, presents their annual Christmas Concert feast and celebration of music. This concert has become an annual “must do” for listeners of choral music at First Plymouth, and is sure to make your holiday season warm and bright. Come to enjoy the glorious beauty of music in our newly renovated sanctuary with the First Plymouth Chancel Choir during this most wonderful time of the year. Reception to follow the concert.

Christmas Eve Worship at First Plymouth
Thursday, December 24, 2015
4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 10:00 p.m.

Three worship services will be offered:
4:00 p.m. (family service)
7:00 p.m. (carol and candlelight service)
10:00 p.m. (service of lessons and carols with the First Plymouth Chancel Choir)

Kantorei
Sunday, February 28, 2016, 3:00 p.m.
One of Denver’s finest choral organizations comes to First Plymouth under the direction of Joel Rinsema. Let the ethereal sounds of music from the Russian Orthodox tradition fill your soul. Kantorei will feature selections from Maximilian Steinberg’s newly discovered Passion Week which James R. Oestreich of the New York Times says is “on a scale with the great sacred works of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, though in a slightly more advanced idiom, and is quite simply beautiful.”

Also included in the program will be new works from Kantorei’s 2015-2016 composer-in-residence Kim André Arnesen. Tickets will be available online at kantorei.org or at the door. First Plymouth members receive a 50% discount at the door and a discount code will be published in the Sunday morning bulletins several weeks prior to the concert date for use when purchasing tickets online.

Lenten Organ Concert Series / Reception
Tuesday Evenings Throughout Lent
February 16 – March 22
6:30 p.m. Organ Concert
7:30 p.m. Reception of Wine/Cheese/Breads/Meats

Tuesday, February 16
Joseph Galema
Organ Instructor, Lamont School of Music

Tuesday, February 23
Daniel Romero
Organist/Music Director, Ascension Episcopal Church

Tuesday, March 1
Kajsa Teitelbaum
Organist, First Congregational Church, Boulder

Tuesday, March 8
Frank Perko III
Director/Organist, First Plymouth Congregational Church

Tuesday, March 15
Gwen Blumenschein
Organ/Piano Instructor

Tuesday, March 22
Douglas Macomber
Organist, Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church

Austin Boyd, Pianist
Saturday, March 12, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
A youthful member of First Plymouth Congregational Church, Austin has amazed all of us with his sensitive and virtuosic playing of the piano. Austin began playing the piano at age five. He attended the Denver School for the Arts for seven years with his majoring in piano. In 2013, Austin qualified for the highest tier talent based scholarship in Piano Performance at the University of Northern Colorado, where he currently is double-majoring in Piano Performance and Physics. Austin is a true musician of many talents and also plays guitar, organ, trombone, and in addition has regularly sung in various choirs. Reception to follow concert.
[Free-will offering]

Easter Morning Worship at
First Plymouth Congregational Church
Sunday, March 27, 2016, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Join us at First Plymouth Congregational Church for an inspiring morning of message and music on this high day of Christian celebration. The Chancel Choir will move you musically into the jubilant glory, story, life, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

First Plymouth Chancel Choir and Orchestra
Spring Concert [Canceled due to illness]
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
The First Plymouth Chancel Choir and Orchestra invite you to join us for our end of year musical feast and celebration of music. They have been presenting some of the most inspiring works of music in the Spring each year so make sure you put this date on the calendar to enjoy truly masterful music presented by this great choir in our newly renovated sanctuary. Reception to follow concert.
[Free-will offering]

The Rocky Mountain Flute Choir
Saturday, May 14,, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
The Rocky Mountain Flute Choir welcomes you to our Spring Concert at First Plymouth Congregational Church. Come and listen as we perform “Original Works for Flute Choir”. We will play pieces written specifically for flute choirs by composers from the United States and around the world. The concert is free and open to the public. Reception to follow concert.