The Gifts of Music Concert Series is a community outreach of Rocky River United Methodist Church.
A natural complement to the church's excellent music program, concerts began in November 2008 with the desire of founder Pamela Pitcher to bring outstanding quality performances in the arts to the greater West Shore communities.
Presented at no charge, the concerts are supported by freewill offerings and Series Sponsors. The programming is diverse: classical, popular show tunes, instrumental and vocal performances, drama, and perhaps some jazz. “Gifts” should have something for everyone!
The 2017-2018 Season Is Under Way!
The “Gifts of Music” Concert Committee is excited to present programming for the tenth season of outstanding performances to our church and community. So please mark your calendars, save the dates and help fill the sanctuary for a wonderful year of four dynamic concerts by the following talented artists.
Sunday, Ocotober 8th, 2017 at 4:00 pm: Jim's Little Big Band
“The Great American Songbook”
The origin of Jim Wonnacott’s Little Big Band dates back to 1957 when Harry Hershey, his Euclid High School music teacher, gave him a Dave Pell Octet recording. Since then, Jim collected arrangements and studied the skills of Marty Paich, Shorty Rogers, Wes Hensel, Lennie Niehaus and others who made this combination of instruments sound so unique. We are excited that this great band, with dynamic vocalist Cindy Smith, will be adding a bit of nostalgia to the opening concert of our fantastic Tenth Anniversary Season.
Sunday, November 5th, 2017 at 4:00 pm: Clocks In Motion Percussion
“new music, new instruments, new sounds”
From classic to modern, manufactured, to hand-made, and traditional to experimental, Clocks in Motion percussion quartet presents new experimental music from around the world. Hailed as “nothing short of remarkable” and “the most exciting addition to Madison’s classical music scene,” Clocks in Motion performs new music, builds many of its own instruments and breaks down the boundaries of the traditional concert program. Set your clock, don’t be late!
Friday, December 1st, 2017 at 7:30 pm: Olympic Brass
Putting us in a holiday mood, the Olympic Brass returns to our series for their 9th “Silver Bells” holiday concert. Providing audiences with the best of brass chamber music, this traditional quintet is composed of five of the most accomplished musicians in Northeast Ohio. The ever-popular ensemble will once again combine their talents with RRUMC organist Jeff Acker for traditional holiday favorites you don’t want to miss.
Sunday, January 28th, 2018 at 4:00 pm: Braden Pontoli
RRUMC Director of Music, Braden Pontoli, an accomplished pianist, vocalist, and composer will make his series debut delighting us with a program of his own sacred and secular compositions. “Reflections” is a compilation of music inspired by his time living in the Cleveland area and he’s ecstatic to share the journey with our Gifts of Music audience. So, come along and enjoy the ride!
Sunday, March 4th, 2018 at 4:00 pm: Andrew Sords
“The Romantic Violin”
Born in Newark, Delaware, Andrew Sords began piano lessons at 5, and shortly thereafter asked for a violin. Early competition successes led to collaborations with more than 250 orchestras worldwide. Following a decade in the spotlight, he has garnered accolades on 4 continents and is hailed by the press as “utterly radiant” and “exceptionally heartfelt” in his performances. We are delighted to welcome him, along with pianist Elizabeth DeMio, for a fun program of works by Beethoven, Gershwin, Strauss and Sarasate.
Hope to see you for a truly romantic afternoon!
Sunday, April 15th, 2018 at 4:00 pm: John McColley
“Bach to Salzedo: 300 Years of the Harp”
A senior harp performance major at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music and frequent member of RRUMC chamber orchestras, John McColley is thrilled to present a Gifts of Music solo recital. Showcasing the harp’s exciting and diverse repertoire, the program will take us on a journey spanning 300 years beginning with the timeless music of Bach and concluding with a trio composed only a few years ago by Bernard Rands. Please join us for a “can't miss” Spring concert of heavenly sounds. Don’t forget to invite your friends!
For additional information about our concert series, please contact Barbara Bibbee at email@example.com using the subject line: Gifts of Music.