Baldwin Wallace – Symphony Orchestra, Motet Choir & University Choir
Friday, April 28th, 8:00 PM
“BW in Cleveland”
Octavio Más-Arocas & Dirk Garner, conductors. Bringing BW artistry to Cleveland in the final performance of the season. Featuring Brahms’ “German Requiem.”
Apollo’s Fire – Beethoven The Revolutionary
Friday, April 29th, 8:00 PM
Beethoven’s epic sense of struggle emerges with fresh intensity as Jeannette Sorrell leads his revolutionary Egmont Overture and Fifth Symphony. Internationally renowned violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley (the young American concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic) makes his period-instrument debut, bringing lyrical transcendence to Beethoven’s beloved Violin Concerto. Read about Noah
A Cabaret Benefit performance by the talented musicians of our congregation.
Cleveland Chamber Choir – No Time Like Spring
Sunday, May 14th, 3:00pm
Featuring J.S Bach’s motet Jesu, meine Freude, Benjamin Britten’s Five Flower Songs, and the world premier of Cleveland composer Corey Rubin’s My Mother. Also music by Parsons, LeJeune, Bernstein, McDowall, and Lauridsen. Tickets available
Second Annual Gospel Choir Concert
Saturday, June 3rd
Features the Gospel Choir
Sunday, February 19th at 11 am in the Traditional Service
All of the special music was written by Eileen Marie Moore, professor at Cleveland State University.
Beauty and the Beast
Friday, March 24th through Sunday, April 2nd
Performances of the Beauty and the Beast by the Happy Ending Lyric Players
The familiar story centers on a young, fiercely independent bookish beauty (Belle) who is relegated to living in a small provincial town with her father. She has caught the eye of the man every young girl in town wants (Gaston), but has no interest and states so quite clearly- much preferring to read her books and be with her father. After her father gets lost in the woods, he is taken prisoner by a hideous Prince-turned-Beast (as a result of a spell) living in a castle. Belle, out of love for her father, takes his place and becomes the Beast’s prisoner at the enchanted castle- but not for long. Despite their differences, they fall in love- although not without complications. As a result of the mutual love between Belle and the Beast, the spell is broken and the Beast once again becomes a man. His servants, who had become enchanted objects as a result of the spell, also return to human form.
Quimby Organ Competition
Saturday, April 1st All Day
American Guild of Organists
First Baptist will be host to the American Guild of Organists Cleveland Chapter young artists competition.
Heights Chamber Orchestra
Sunday, April 2nd 3:30pm
Maundy Thursday Communion Service
Thursday, April 13th, 7:30pm
The Story of the Passion of Christ Told Through Modern Music and Word
Members of our Contemporary Worship and Praise Team will guide us through the story of Holy Week at this Maundy Thursday Communion Service.
Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music
Friday, April 28, 7:30 PM
The student orchestra and college choir of the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music will present Brahm’s beloved Requiem in our First Baptist sanctuary.
Rock of Faith
September 24th at 7:00 pm
The Transformation of the Soul into Recovery
Concert Tickets $20 Adults / $15 Seniors
$10 Students and Children 5-15 years old
For tickets, contact Karen Gill at 216.496.5672 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Apollo’s Fire Resplendent Purcell
Saturday, October 8th at 8:00 pm
Celebrate this Festival (Ode for the Birthday of Queen Mary) Funeral Music for Queen Mary Highlights from King Arthur and Dido & Aeneas
The great Henry Purcell wrote his most majestic music for royal events at Westminster Abbey – from joyous birthday celebrations for the Queen to the heartbreakingly beautiful lamentations at her funeral. Vocal soloists, strings, lutes, recorders, trumpets, percussion, organ, and the acclaimed Apollo’s Singers join in this sumptuous program.
Post-Concert Party – Toast the opening of the season at a light dessert reception with the performers. FREE!
Duo Piano-Organ Recital
Sunday, November 20th at 1:30 pm
Robert Schneider – Betty Meyers
First Baptist’s staff musicians offer a program of music for two pianos, piano and organ, and two people (four hands, four feet!) on the organ, as well as music for solo piano and organ.
The program will include Mozart’s Sonata in D for Two Pianos KV 448, This Little Light of Mine arranged be Mark Hayes, The Grand Aria by Demarest and Tiempo di Ballo by Karg Elert for piano and organ and two person organ duet Fanfare and Tuckets by Myron Roberts.
A Tuba Christmas
Sunday, November 27th at 5:30 pm
This music concert is held in cities worldwide that celebrate those who play, teach, and compose music for instruments in the tuba family, including the tuba, sousaphone, baritone, and euphonium, though some participants bring rarer members of the family such as the helicon, ophicleide, serpent and double bell euphonium.
The first TubaChristmas was organized by Harvey G. Phillips to honor his tuba teacher William Bell, who was born on Christmas Day 1902, and was held December 22, 1974, in the ice skating rink at New York City’s Rockefeller Center; Paul Lavalle conducted. Over 300 musicians played that day, beginning a holiday tradition. This is the 3rd Tuba Christmas at First Baptist Church.
Jeannette Sorrell’s interpretation of Handel’s Messiah has inspired audiences across the country on many national radio broadcasts. Taking their cue from Handel’s original conception of the piece as theatrical entertainment, Sorrell and her actor-singers take the listeners on a spiritual and emotional journey. The program heads to New York City following local performances.
Sunday, December 18th at 4:pm; prelude music begins at 3:40 pm
In the Tradition of Kings College Chapel
The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus that is traditionally followed at Christmas. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir music.
The first Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College, Cambridge, was held on Christmas Eve in 1918. It was introduced by Eric Milner-White, the Dean of the College, whose experience as an army chaplain had led him to believe that more imaginative worship was needed by the Church of England. The order of service was adapted from the order created by Benson for Truro Cathedral 38 years earlier, which was based on an idea of George Walpole, at the time Succentor of Truro Cathedral, and the future Bishop of Edinburgh. The first service at King’s largely followed Benson’s original plan, including the Benedictions before each reading, several of which were later amalgamated by Milner-White into his Bidding Prayer.
The music at the first service at King’s was directed by Arthur Henry Mann, who was the organist from 1876 to 1929. The choir had 16 trebles as specified in statutes laid down by Henry VI, and until 1927 the men’s voices were provided by choral scholars and lay clerks. Today, 14 undergraduates from the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, sing the men’s parts.
Christmas Nativity Pagent
Saturday, December 24th at 7:00 pm
One of First Baptist Church’s most beloved annual traditions, our living nativity brings to life the Christmas story into our sanctuary with a large host of live animals, choirs, soloists, musicians and the newborn baby Jesus. The church fills up as we celebrate with traditional hymns and new selections of music, as we participate together in the celebration of the birth of Jesus.
Saturday, December 24th at 11:00 pm
Usher in Christmas in the traditional late evening Christmas Eve Candlelight and Carol service.The Chancel Choir, Soloists and Handbell Choir offer beautiful music of the season and the service culminates with the singing of “O Holy Night” and “Silent Night”.
Christmas Day Combined Service
Sunday, December 25th at 10:00 am
With Christmas coming on Sunday this Advent Season, we will come together for a single, unified service beginning at 10:00. Enjoy a Christmas message and music in this combined contemporary and traditional service.
Happy Ending Lyric Players
Monday and Tuesday, January 2nd and 3rd from 2:00 to 5:00 pm and Wednesday, January 4th at 7:00 pm