Grace Church Concert Series
Welcome to the Grace Church Concert Series! The Concert series which was initiated in 1997 is committed to bringing regional, national and internationally acclaimed performers to Grace Church. The series has enjoyed diverse performances by artists such as The Vienna Boys Choir, Chanticleer, The Kennedy Center Chamber Players and the New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Below you will find the current season with information on how to attend. For more information or questions please contact Eric Dombrowski, Artistic Director, via email or (540) 253-5177.
MOVIES AT GRACE: The General accompanied by Dr. John Schwandt
Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 5 pm
It’s movie night at Grace Church! In the era of silent movies in Hollywood, musicians were employed to play or improvise the soundtrack. We’ll be showing Buster Keaton’s iconic movie The General (1923) while Dr. John Schwandt, Associate Professor of Organ and Director of the American Organ Institute at Oklahoma University, improvises the soundtrack and musical effects on our own pipe organ.
"He brilliantly used the full color palette of the Temple Theatre's Barton organ. Schwandt took us through almost every musical style imaginable. His musical creativity is apparently limitless. One of the many highlights was using "Mary Had a Lamb" as a fugue subject."
- The Saginaw News, Janet Martineau
NEW YORK POLYPHONY
Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 5 pm
Praised for a “rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts” (National Public Radio), New York Polyphony is regarded as one of the finest vocal chamber ensembles in the world. The four men “sing with intelligence, subtlety and consummate artistry” (Richmond Times-Dispatch), applying a distinctly modern touch to repertoire that ranges from austere medieval melodies to cutting-edge contemporary compositions. Their dedication to innovative programming, as well as a focus on rare and rediscovered works, has not only earned New York Polyphony critical acclaim and a devoted following, but also helped to move early music into the classical mainstream.
JORY VINIKOUR, harpsichord
Marking the 250th Death Anniversary of Jean-Philippe Rameau
Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 5 pm
Recognized as one of the outstanding harpsichordists of his generation, Mr. Vinikour’s highly diversified career brings him to the world’s most important festivals and concert halls, both as a soloist and a recital partner to some of today’s finest artists. His recording of the complete keyboard works of Jean-Philippe Rameau (Sono Luminus, 2012) was nominated for a Grammy as Best Classical Instrumental Solo, the first time a harpsichordist has ever received that honor. (It was also recorded here in the Piedmont on an instrument made in The Plains by Thomas and Barbara Wolf.) Join us for a brilliant program honoring the preeminent French baroque composer and featuring harpsichord works from the 17th to the 21st centuries.
“…one of the finest harpsichordists around today. A big musician and a mature artist.”
“…Vinikour is such a perceptive artist, and so superlative in technical accomplishment, that Rameau’s harpsichord brainstorms sound disarming and at times even revolutionary.”
“Mr. Vinikour’s greatest accomplishment…is his ability to unite his seemingly insurmountable technique with an inner feeling for the emotional impact of the music…”
-Voix des Arts
UNCSA SAXOPHONE QUARTET
Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 5 pm
Graduate students from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts return after a popular concert at Grace two seasons ago. The school’s Saxophone Quartet offers a versatile program that explores all corners of the musical map. These four rising stars collaborate in classical repertoire, jazz, and contemporary works, presenting the saxophone as you’ve never heard it!
The Grace Church Concert Series is funded in part
through the generosity of Mrs. Jacqueline Mars
in memory of her mother, Mrs. Forrest Mars,
who was devoted to music and loved Grace Church.