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 to bring outstanding quality performances in the arts to the greater West Shore communities.
All concerts are free and open to the public and are presented in the Sanctuary.

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. We invite everyone to attend and bring a friend and join us for a wonderful season of concerts. “Gifts” should have something for everyone! Dates and performances to be announced.

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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. 

Friday, December 1st, 2017 at 7:30 pm: Olympic Brass

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“Silver Bells”

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

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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

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“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

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“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!

Contact Us

For additional information about our concert series, please contact Barbara Bibbee at using the subject line: Gifts of Music.