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.

Contact: Barbara Bibbee - bbibbee120@gmail.com


The 2018-2019 Season Is Under Way!

The “Gifts of Music” Concert Committee is excited to present programming for the eleventh 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 five dynamic concerts by the following talented artists. 


Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

4:00 pm

Elizabeth & Derek Zadinsky with Kangwoo Jin

“Classical Masterworks for Cello, Bass and Piano”

We are delighted that Elizabeth Zadinsky (cello); Derek Zadinsky (double bass) and Kangwoo Jin (piano) will combine their amazing talents to open our eleventh concert season and bring us a thrilling program of the most famous and beloved classical compositions by Bach, Brahms, Rossini, and Schubert. Featuring baroque masterpieces filled with passion and romance, light chamber music and memorable, charming melodies, this concert is sure to please and leave the audience wanting more.

So, save the date, invite your friends and join us for an awesome debut.

 
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Sunday, October 28th, 2018

4:00 pm

West Shore Chorale

Hymns, Folk Songs, Spirituals, And More”

Known primarily for its 50-year history of large choral and orchestral productions on Cleveland’s west side, the premier 90-voice West Shore Chorale brings to our Gifts of Music series a delightfully exhilarating “lighter program” of hymns, folk songs, and spirituals with familiar tunes and unique arrangements by outstanding composers. Included in the repertoire are hymns and songs from America and around the world plus new arrangements of spirituals by William Dawson, Moses Hogan, & Stacy Gibbs. The program has been a crowd-pleaser in performances throughout northeast Ohio. 

So, come & enjoy! And just so you know … The "MORE" part of the concert is always full of surprises.

 
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Friday, December 7th, 2018

7:30 pm

Olympic Brass

"Silver Bells"

Putting us in a holiday mood, the Olympic Brass returns to our series for their 10th “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, February 10th, 2019

4:00 pm

Cleveland Bluegrass Orchestra

It’s said that The Cleveland Bluegrass Orchestra is the world’s most exclusive bluegrass ensemble. The vetting process is rigorous. First, you must play an instrument in The Cleveland Orchestra. Second, you must be willing to play a different instrument in The Cleveland Bluegrass Orchestra. Third, and this is key, you must believe the world would be a better place with just a little bit more banjo and fiddle. If at least one of these criteria applies to you, join us for an afternoon of undiluted, genre-blending, toe-tapping joy.

 

Sunday, March 10th, 2019

5:00 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 Wisconsin’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!

 
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Contact Us

For additional information about our concert series, please contact Barbara Bibbee at bbibbee120@gmail.com using the subject line: Gifts of Music.