First Music and Arts Series returns at First Congregational Church

Andrew Armstrong

Andrew Armstrong

The winter season of the First Congregational Church of Greenwich’s First Music and Arts Series will kick off with Sunday Afternoons Live at 4 p.m. each Sunday afternoon in February.

Held in the acoustical splendor and intimate setting of the First Congregational Auditorium, admission is $20 per person and light refreshments will be served. Tickets are available at the door and all school-aged youth are free.

It begins Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. with pianist Andrew Armstrong as he rededicates the church’s famous Victor Borge Steinway piano which was recently refurbished. Mr. Armstrong returns to Greenwich to bring his passionate expression and dazzling technique to this special piano. His performance will include works by Haydn, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Brahms and Chopin.

The season continues in February with:

• Feb. 8 The Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra. The Chamber Players are the principal musicians of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra who present intriguing and wide-ranging concerts of chamber music that span the centuries. Violinist Krystof Witek, violist David Cresswell, cellist Daniel Miller and pianist Andrew Gordon will perform Intermezzo for String Trio by Zoltan Kodaly, Piano Trio in D Major by Franz Joseph Haydn, and Piano Quartet in G Minor by Johannes Brahms.

• Feb. 15:  Songs of the Heart. This program will showcase favorite love songs, including Broadway tunes, standards, contemporary songs, opera arias and more. These songs are filled with beauty, humor, passion and joy. The concert will feature harpist, Wendy Kerner, with vocalists Steve Magnuson and Marjorie Donalds, along with pianist Joe Mennonna.

• Feb. 22:  Asylum Quartet. The four classically-trained saxophonists met as graduate students at The Hartt School in West Hartford in 2011. Shortly after forming, the quartet received the Grand Prize in the 2014 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, becoming the first saxophone quartet to receive this honor. Asylum Quartet is comprised of Joseph Abad, Tony Speranza, Max Schwimmer and Andrew Barnhart. They will perform works by Gershwin, Barber, Bernstein, and a number of new compositions to delight your senses.

For more information about any of these programs, call the church office at 203-637-1791 or visit the church website: at

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