First Music and Arts series returns Sunday

The First Congregational Church of Greenwich has announced that the second season of the First Music and Arts Series will begin on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 5 p.m.

At that time, the sanctuary of the Greenwich’s oldest congregation will be filled with the sounds of voices, organ, and brass as they present a hymn festival entitled How can I keep from singing?

The church’s Director of Music Craig Scott Symons will lead everyone in attendance on a journey through the church year with a variety of hymns, including O come, all ye faithful, Jesus Christ is risen today! and favorites.

“Where else can you sing some of the most familiar hymns from the all the church seasons in just one hour?” Dr. Symons asked in a church press release. “We will have an outstanding brass quartet, accompanied on the organ by former assistant organist, Mark Swicegood. This is not a spectator event, but it’s a chance to raise your voices with your neighbors and friends. And even if you don’t think you’ll sing, it will probably be difficult not to.”

Last year was the first season for the church’s new First Music and Arts series.

“First Congregational Church of Greenwich has long been known as a congregation with exceptional music, both in concert and on Sunday mornings,” Dr. Symons said. “After my arrival in the fall of 2010, it was evident the congregation was primed to push the envelope and expand the programs they offered to the community. So we began to plan for an exciting season in 2010-11, solicit suggestions for a series name, and start the energy rolling in the community that we are here to offer some exceptional concerts.”

The new season of the First Music and Arts Series will also feature the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble from Russia on Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m., the 46th annual Messiah on Dec. 15 and 16, Sunday Afternoons Live in February and the season highlight will be the Spring Festival of the Arts on the last weekend of April, where the 80-voice First Church Festival Chorus will present the Brahms Requiem with four-hand piano accompaniment, an organ recital, and an art display in conjunction with the Art Society of Old Greenwich.

All of the First Music and Arts programs are open the public, with a requested $20 per person donation at the door. Visit the church website, Fccog.org for more details and contact information.

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