Music and Worship News
This newly founded program is directed by Rob Ridgell and includes two ensembles:
3rd - 5th grades - Wednesdays, 5:00 - 5:45 PM
Our strength is in our diversity, our love of music, and our dedication to young singers. We will offer two annual concerts, sing for occasional Sunday services, and share our music throughout the city and beyond. For more information, contact Rob Ridgell at 704-714-6942.
This year, through Leap of Faith funding, we are able to offer some of our city’s finest instrumentalists a place to grow and perform. Charlotte Symphony trombonist and WDAV radio personality Tom Burge has put together a new brass quintet. We will help establish this new chamber ensemble by inviting them to serve as our “Artists in Residence” this season. They will perform for Parish Day, Veteran’s Day, Christmas, and Easter, and will provide beautiful trumpet and trombone sounds throughout the year. Most recently, one of the ensemble’s members, John Parker, played trumpet for the funeral of Anne Tomlinson. Welcome to the CLT Brass!
Hailing from Pretoria, South Africa, Thabang Masango (tenor) and Bongani Ndhalane (baritone) have lived in the United States for four years. Originally sponsored by Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, both singers attended Central Piedmont Community College under the auspices of a program to help talented South Africans study in the United States. A few years ago, at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright requested they sing. We will welcome them to sing for our 5:00 PM Sunday service on September 28, followed by a reception and mini-concert in the Blue Room. Listen to Thabang and Bongnani sing “You Raise Me Up”»
Guatemala’s most renowned choral ensemble, Capella Cantorum, will join us in worship. The group was founded in 1996 as an elite subgroup of the Guatemalan Choral Society. Its members are music-lovers from various walks of life who are passionate about excellence in choral music. Samples of their work can be found on YouTube by searching “Capella Cantorum Guatemala”. The group is on a North Carolina tour, bringing choral music of Latin American origin to share in Charlotte area schools, churches, and community venues, and culminating in a joint concert with Renaissance, one of Charlotte’s premier choral organizations, on Saturday, October 25 at 8:00 PM at Dilworth United Methodist Church.
Experience what Halloween was like in 1923 with Lon Chaney’s film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame," with original organ accompaniment by Rob Ridgell, performed (with a twist) on the Neo-Baroque 1979 Gabriel Kney church pipe organ. For all ages. Come as you are, or dress in an appropriate costume! Free and open to the public.