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at First Presbyterian Church of Naples


A Season of Music

First Presbyterian Church of Naples

accompanied by a chamber orchestra. Experience the miracle and wonder of Christmas as told through the beautiful and cherished music of the season. A special concert will highlight Carrie Newcomer, a Grammy award winning singer/ songwriter as she brings her folk style to her songs which are influenced by her spiritual journey and humanitarianism. We are also excited to present trumpet virtuoso Mary Elizabeth Bowden and the Kassia Ensemble. Mary has performed here several times and always dazzles us with her performances. She is joined by the newly formed Kassia ensemble in another beautiful concert. One of Naples community choruses, the Voices of Naples, will fill our church with song. They are an ensemble that has brought great music to our community while also providing music scholarships for young singers.

At First Presbyterian Church of Naples, we have a tradition of excellent music and I am proud to announce the concert offerings for this season. One of the things that makes our church unique is the magnificent 6,200 pipe Ruffatti organ. This season we will have many opportunities for you to hear this amazing instrument. We begin by featuring David Heller, concert organist and professor of music at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. I will be performing several concerts during Lent and I will be sharing a concert with my wife, Michele, and our son, Colin. We again host the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, the Naples Philharmonic Chorus and the Ave Maria University Chamber Choir in Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah. This concert is especially moving as it is performed in our beautiful sanctuary. We ring in the Christmas season with our chancel choir and soloists in their annual Christmas concert. This year, the choir will be

This will be a great concert year and I invite you to help continue the legacy of great music at First Presbyterian Church. Inside this brochure you will find an envelope to return with your support for A Season of Music. It is only through the generosity of people who love and support music that our church is able to provide such fine music that benefits both our church and the greater Naples community. Please consider sending a donation today. If you are interested in underwriting one of our concerts, please contact me at the church. It is my hope that you will be inspired to attend many of our concerts and that you will find them to be uplifting and meaningful. Through these concerts we will reach out to our community and beckon people into our beautiful church. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity.

Dr. Brice Gerlach Director of Music Ministries

David Heller, organ Sunday, November 4, 2018 4:00 p.m.

Handel’s Messiah with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the Naples Philharmonic Chorus Friday, November 30, 2018 7:00 p.m.

Radu Paponiu, conductor Dr. James Cochran, chorus director Lindsay Ohse, soprano Laura Beckel Thoreson, mezzo soprano Justin Berkowitz, tenor Junhan Choi, baritone The Naples Philharmonic and Chorus join to present one of music’s most beloved choral works in this rousing holiday classic. Experience the power of the 100-voice Naples Philharmonic Chorus as they present Handel’s masterful oratorio. A commentary on the life of Jesus Christ, Messiah remains Handel's bestknown work, with performances particularly popular during the Advent season.

Organist David Heller has risen to prominence as an outstanding performer and pedagogue in the United States. The American Organist magazine has described him as “an eloquent performer,” and his playing as “an excellent demonstration of outstanding music making.” A native of Wisconsin, Dr. Heller holds degrees from Lawrence University and the Eastman School of Music, which awarded him the prestigious Performer’s Certificate in Tickets are available for purchase through the Organ. Artis—Naples Box Office at 239.597.1900 or online at As an active recitalist, David Heller has performed extensively throughout the United States and Adult $35, Student $15. Tickets will also be Europe, South Korea, and Taiwan. Recent recital available at the door the evening of the concert. appearances have included the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, and the University of Arizona at Tucson. Dr. Heller serves as a lecturer and performer for the Classical Music FestivalEisenstadt Summer Academy each summer in Eisenstadt, Austria. Since 1986, David Heller has been a member of the faculty at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas serving as Professor of Music and University Organist. He was appointed Chair of the Department of Music in 2012. This concert will feature the music of John Cook, J.S. Bach, Gerre Hancock, Craig Phillips, Brian Bondari, and Louis Vierne.

Chancel Choir Christmas Concert Dr. Brice Gerlach, conductor Sunday, December 2, 2018 4:00 p.m.

Carrie Newcomer, with pianist, Gary Walters Sunday, January 20, 2019 4:00 p.m.

The Chancel Choir of First Presbyterian Church will present a concert that celebrates the joy of Christmas through the art of song. The annual concert showcases the incredible talent of First Presbyterian Church. The program will feature a professional chamber orchestra, the soloists from the choir and the First Presbyterian Church choir singing Christmas favorites. There are many Christmas concerts in December in Naples, but this one is unique because of the mighty Ruffatti organ. When the audience is joining with the choir in a sing-a-long of wellknown carols, all are supported by the King of Instruments, the organ. This year, we will add the chamber orchestra to the mix. This is a concert you will be sure to remember! Carrie Newcomer is a Grammy-winning songwriter, recording artist, performer and Come enjoy a beautiful concert with some of the educator. She has been described as a most traditional and well-loved Christmas songs "prairie mystic" by the Boston Globe and one ever composed. who "asks all the right questions" by Rolling Stone.

Merry Christmas!

Recent appearances include PBS Religion and Ethics and National Award Winning Krista Tippett's On Being. Carrie has 16 nationally released albums on Available Light & Concord/Rounder including The Beautiful Not Yet, A Permeable Life and Everything is Everywhere.

Mary Elizabeth Bowden, trumpet with the Kassia Ensemble

Voices of Naples Dr. Douglas Renfroe, director Sunday, March 24, 2019 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 17, 2019 4:00 p.m.

Classical Trumpeter and Gold Medal Global Music Award Winner Mary Elizabeth Bowden has been described by Gramophone Magazine as “brilliant” and “radiant in new repertoire for trumpet.” Bowden will be performing with Kassia Ensemble, a newly formed chamber group in the city of Pittsburgh comprised exclusively of women. The members of the Kassia Ensemble came together in an effort to supersede the gender barrier that is prevalent in classical music. The decision was made to form an all-female ensemble in efforts to create an empowering environment of mutual respect and support which frees women to collaborate and express themselves at the highest levels of musicianship, artistry, and performance. The Kassia Ensemble promotes female entrepreneurship and leadership in the arts, while simultaneously embracing the performers’ unique experiences as women that deepen and expand their own creative output. Kassia Ensemble offers unique programming, from the classics to contemporary music, highlighting male and female composers from the past and the present. Their flexible instrumentation allows for refreshing variety in performance. A concert experience may include everything from a harp trio to a brass quintet, a piano concerto, and a chamber orchestra work, all in one sitting.

Voices of Naples was formed in 2002 to provide an opportunity for singers in Naples and Collier County to study and perform a variety of choral music. They also have the mission of providing scholarships to deserving high school seniors in Collier and Lee Counties who wish to study vocal music and related studies in college. This concert features music composed and arranged by American composers including the debuts of several compositions specifically for Voices of Naples. The Voices of Naples are directed by Dr. Douglas Renfroe, a nationally acclaimed bass-baritone who has specialized in oratorio works and has performed throughout the United States and Europe. He received his undergraduate degree from Westminster Choir College, his graduate degree from Catholic University of America, and in 2004 was awarded an honorary Doctorate from the University of California. He has been a featured soloist and guest conductor with the Varna International Music Festival, including the Bulgarian premiere of Elijah in 2007, and the bass soloist in Voices of Naples’ annual “SingAlong Messiah” since 2006. Doug is the Artistic Director of Moorings Capital Opera.

Brice, Michele and Colin Gerlach Sunday, April 14, 2019 4:00 p.m.

Lenten Organ Concerts Wednesdays March 13, 20, 27, 2019 April 3, 10, 17, 2019 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

The spectacular Ruffatti pipe organ is featured in six Lenten organ recitals offered by our Director of Music, Brice Gerlach. In these informal concerts Brice takes the time to explain some of the mechanical workings of the organ and offers some musical insights about the pieces on the program.

Each concert opens with a piece that highlights the magnificent horizontal trumpets protruding from the front of the organ case.

The Gerlach’s are well-known to the Naples area as a musical family that present interesting and engaging concerts featuring music for organ, piano, soprano and violin. Brice and Michele met while in music school at Indiana University and moved to Naples in 1994. Since then, they have become important members of the classical and sacred music community. Their son, Colin, has been studying the violin with Anton Sikuta for seven years and is currently Co-Principal second violin in the Naples Youth Orchestra. The Gerlach’s enjoy choosing the music for their concerts and having family practice sessions in their home. It is always fun to see what they come up with for each event. This enjoyable concert will showcase a wide range of musical styles, from classical, Broadway, opera and even patriotic music. Please plan on attending the final concert of the 2018-2019 season. It is sure to be fantastic!

A work by J. S. Bach is always featured and arrangements of Lenten hymn tunes are presented, allowing for some of the diverse solo stops and softer sounds of the organ to be heard. The concerts will end with a rousing toccata, allowing the audience to hear the full power of the organ. After the recital, the audience is invited up to the console to ask questions and to see the beautiful woodwork and craftsmanship of the Ruffatti. Tours of the pipe chambers are also offered each week. Come hear beautiful organ music during Lent. Don't miss these special opportunities for personal reflection, meditation, and celebration of this holy season.

Special Events Kirkin’ O’ the Tartans Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. This service celebrates the Scottish heritage of the Presbyterian Church and its roots in Reformed Theology. We will be joined by the Saint Andrew’s Society of Southwest Florida and The Harp and Thistle Pipe Band will provide special music for this service. Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. Blue Christmas Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. There is a growing attentiveness to the needs of people who are blue at Christmas. Join us for a service of comfort, hope, wholeness and renewal.

Christmas Eve Monday, December 24, 2018 5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Our Family Service at 5:00 p.m. is an interactive service for families with young children. The service at 7:00 p.m. is a traditional candlelight service with readings and carols. The candlelight service will also feature special music from our soloists and choir beginning 30 minutes prior to worship.

Ash Wednesday Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. Maundy Thursday Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Good Friday Friday, April 19, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. Easter Sunday Sunday, April 21, 2019 7:30 a.m. Courtyard Service 8:30 a.m. & 10:15 a.m. We will celebrate Easter with special music provided by the Naples Chamber Brass Quintet at all of our services. Come join in singing Christ the Lord Is Risen Today and hear the magnificent Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. You will be uplifted by the glorious music of Easter!

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Musical Year at a Glance at First Presbyterian Church of Naples Kirkin’ O’ the Tartans Sunday, October 28, 2018 9:30 a.m.

Carrie Newcomer with pianist, Gary Walters Sunday, January 20, 2019 4 p.m.

David Heller, organ Sunday, November 4, 2018 4 p.m.

Mary Bowden, trumpet and the Kassia String Quartet Sunday, February 17, 2019 4 p.m.

Handel’s Messiah Friday, November 30, 2018 7 p.m. Chancel Choir Christmas Concert Sunday, December 2, 2018 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Worship Monday, December 24, 2018 5 & 7 p.m.

Lenten Organ Concerts Wednesdays March 13, 20, 27, 2019 April 3, 10, 17, 2019 12 p.m. Voices of Naples Sunday, March 24, 2019 4 p.m. Brice, Michele and Colin Gerlach Sunday April 14, 2019 4 p.m.

A Season of Music Concert Series 2018-2019  

First Presbyterian Church of Naples, A Season of Music concert Series for 2018-2019

A Season of Music Concert Series 2018-2019  

First Presbyterian Church of Naples, A Season of Music concert Series for 2018-2019