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Selections from Poulenc’s Gloria

Sunday, November 5th, 11:00 a.m.

Selections from Poulenc’s Gloria sung by the Chancel Choir

Apollo’s Fire – Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain – An Irish-Appalachian Celebration

Apollo's Fire
Apollo's Fire Sugarloaf Mountain - An Irish-Appalachian Celebration

Saturday, December 9th at 8:00 p.m.

In this new program created by Jeannette Sorrell, the beloved troupe from the Sugarloaf Mountain summer program joins a wider cast with chorus, children’s voices, and additional instruments to celebrate the Celtic roots of an Appalachian Christmas. From the mystical Gregorian chant of old Scotland to folk carols and shape-note hymns at a toe-tapping Christmas gathering in Appalachia… the people of the mountains welcome Christmas with LOVE, SINGING, DANCING, and PRAYER.

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*SATURDAY (12/9) & SUNDAY (12/3 and 12/10) NIGHTS: Join in a carol or two with the cast while enjoying hot cider and old fashioned ginger cake. FREE!

Christmas Music by Corelli – The Mary Beth Ians’ Ensemble

Sunday, December 10th, 11:00 a.m.

Christmas Season Music

“Glory to God in the Highest” from G.F.Handel’s Messiah

– Selections from the Corelli’s Pastoral performed by the Amici String Quartet

A Festival of Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 17th at 4:00 p.m.; prelude music begins at 3:40 p.m.

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 p.m.

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.

Candlelight Service

Saturday, December 24th at 11:00 p.m.

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”.

Happy Ending Lyric Players Auditions

Sunday, January 7th, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, January 8th, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 10th, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Happy Ending Lyric Players will be holding auditions for their production of Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre Dame, a musical based on Disney’s film of the same name.

Maundy Thursday Communion Service

Thursday, March 29th 2018,  7:30 p.m.

Selections from Bach’s St. John Passion

Members of our Contemporary Worship and Praise Team will guide us through the story of Holy Week at this Maundy Thursday Communion Service.

Easter Sunday Service

Easter Cross

Sunday, April 1st 2018,  11:00 a.m.

Selection from Brahms’ A German Requiem.

Hunchback of Notre Dame presented by Happy Ending Lyric Players

Friday & Saturday, April 13th & 14th, 20th & 21st, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 15th & 22nd, 7:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 18th, 7:00 p.m.

Happy Ending Lyric Players presents Hunchback of Notre Dame. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a musical based on the 1996 Disney film of the same name, which in turn was inspired by the 1831 Victor Hugo novel of the same name. It has music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and book by James Lapine, later adapted by Peter Parnell. The musical premiered in 1999 in BerlinGermany as Der Glöckner von Notre Dame (literally translated in English, The Bellringer of Notre Dame). It was produced by Walt Disney Theatrical, the company’s first musical to premiere outside the U.S. It ran for three years, becoming one of Berlin’s longest-running musicals. It is a lot closer to the original source material than the film.

An Evening of Music with Matt Rizer and Friends Part II

May 12th, 8:00 p.m.

Matt Rizer, Tenor will hold a concert to benefit the First Baptist Church Music and Fine Arts Program.

Cleveland Chamber Choir and BlueWater Chamber Orchestra

Scott MacPherson

May 19, 7:30 p.m.

Cleveland Chamber Choir and BlueWater Chamber Orchestra perform Vocal Verve.

Scott MacPherson and the Cleveland Chamber Choir combine forces with BlueWater in its first program of major choral works. The festive Ascension Oratorio contrasts with Corigliano’s introspective cantata, set to a poem by Dylan Thomas. Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances for orchestra unites the two vocal masterpieces.

Cleveland Chamber Choir
Scott MacPherson, Conductor

PROGRAM
Bach: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen (Ascension Oratorio) BWV 11
Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 1
Corigliano: Fern Hill

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Apollo’s Fire – Handel’s Israel in Egypt

Apollo's Fire
Apollo's Fire Singers

Saturday, October 13th at 8:00 p.m.

Handel’s Israel in Egypt – A Dramatic Oratorio

From plagues and pyramids to the crossing of the Red Sea… the gripping story of the Israelites’ escape from Egypt comes to life with reverence and triumph through Handel’s sumptuous music.

Adaptation by Jeannette Sorrell, runs 2 hrs.

“Presented with a sense of theatre as Handel intended… scintillating and superb.”– ClevelandClassical.com

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*FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHTS: Enjoy Middle Eastern baklava and sparkling cider as the musicians lead a Q&A. FREE!

Heights Chamber Orchestra

Orchestra

October 8th at 3:30 p.m.

Heights Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven Piano Concerto #4

Hrant Bagrazyan, Pianist
Elgar – Enigma Variations Op. 36

Rock of Faith

Rock of Faith

September 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

A Journey from Addiction to Recovery Told Through Secular Music

Concert Tickets $20 Adults / $15 Seniors

$10 Students and Children 5-15 years old

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Special Music

Sunday, February 19th at 11:00 a.m. 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

Orchestra

Sunday, April 2nd  3:30 p.m.

All-Beethoven Program

Maundy Thursday Communion Service

Thursday, April 13th,  7:30 p.m.

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

Johannes Brahms

Friday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.

Brahms Requiem

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

Rock of Faith

September 24th at 7:00 p.m.

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 kgill@firstbaptistcleveland.org

Apollo’s Fire Resplendent Purcell

Apollo's Fire

Saturday, October 8th at 8:00 p.m.

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.

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Post-Concert Party – Toast the opening of the season at a light dessert reception with the performers. FREE!

Duo Piano-Organ Recital

Piano

Sunday, November 20th at 1:30 p.m.

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 p.m.

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.

Handel’s Messiah performed by Apollo’s Fire

Friday, December 16th at 8:00 p.m.

Meredith Hall, soprano | Amanda Crider, mezzo-soprano | Karim Sulayman, tenor | Jeffrey Strauss, baritone

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.

Tickets $10-$77

A Festival of Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 18th at 4:00 p.m.; prelude music begins at 3:40 p.m.

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 p.m.

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.

Candlelight Service

Saturday, December 24th at 11:00 p.m.

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 a.m.

With Christmas coming on Sunday this Advent Season, we will come together for a single, unified service beginning at 10:00  a.m.  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 p.m. and Wednesday, January 4th at 7:00 p.m.

 Auditions for Beauty and the Beast

Highland Piano Quintet

Sunday, February 5th  1:30 p.m.

Alicia Tremmel, Bonnie Maky, Violins
Luane Lasky, Viola
Trevor Kazarian, Cello
Betty Meyers, Piano

Five of Cleveland’s finest and most active musicians team up to present an afternoon recital of beautiful music.

Baldwin Wallace – Symphony Orchestra, Motet Choir & University Choir

Orchestra

Friday, April 28th, 8:00 p.m.

“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 p.m.

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

Video of Apollo’s Fire rehearsing for Beethoven concerts

Back to Broadway

Friday, May 5th, 7:30 p.m.

First Baptist Church Music Program Fundraiser

A Cabaret Benefit performance by the talented musicians of our congregation.

Cleveland Chamber Choir – No Time Like Spring

Cleveland Chamber Orchestra

Sunday, May 14th, 3:00 p.m.

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