Upcoming Concerts and Events in 2018-2019:

Good Friday Tenebrae Service 
Friday, April 19 (7:00 P.M.) in the Sanctuary
The service consists of readings from the Passion narrative as found in the Gospel of John, each of which is followed by a choral anthem or congregational hymn that serves as reflective commentary on the scripture. This year, the Epiphany Dancers will perform liturgical dance during the readings as a visual interpretation of the narrative.


University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club
Friday, May 10 (7:00 P.M.) in the Sanctuary

Founded in 1859, The University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club is one of the oldest collegiate chorus in the United States and the oldest continually-run student organization on the Michigan campus. Long acclaimed as one of the finest male choruses in the world, the Glee Club has achieved this stature by sustaining and respecting the traditions which have been established during its 159 year history. The graduate and undergraduate members of the Glee Club, chosen by audition at the beginning of both the Fall and Winter terms, represent a wide spectrum of majors in a majority of the University’s 19 schools and colleges and its student officers are responsible for the management of all non-musical Glee Club operations. The Glee Club has become renowned for its wide repertoire of music that incorporates selections from different musical styles and periods including Renaissance motets, Romantic anthems, opera choruses, folk songs, spirituals, contemporary works, and, of course, Michigan songs. The Friars, a nine-member subset of the Glee Club, are in their 63rd year and serve as an extension of Club as they maintain an ambitious performing schedule.

The Glee Club was honored in 1959 to be the first American male chorus to win first place at the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales, (and has since won three more first prizes at the same competition), and in 1967, circled the globe in celebration of the University’s sesquicentennial year. Recent international tours have included Southeast Asia (1989), Eastern and Central Europe (1992), South America (1996), and Australia (2000), and the British Isles (2004). The Club has also made appearances at Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls at the Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the pre-game festivities for the 1984 World Series and the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses National Seminars in 1986 and 2004. The Club has also had the esteemed privilege of performing at the American Choral Directors Association Central Division Conventions in 1992 and 2000 and the ACDA National Convention in San Diego in 1997. In addition to the numerous recordings to its name, the Club was recently honored to be featured on Manheim Steamroller’s double platinum CD Christmas Extraordinaire

The concert is free and open to the public.

Numerous special events are offered during the year. All concerts are located in the Sanctuary unless otherwise noted. The First Presbyterian Church Concert Series offers outstanding programs featuring the finest quality music in varied styles and genre. They are open to the public without charge unless otherwise noted. For more information, call the Music Ministry Office, (615) 298-9517 or contact us via our online form.

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