On Wednesday, June 19, 6PM the youth choir from First Baptist Church of Richmond, VA will give a summer concert. Under the direction of Ruth Szucs, the group is participating in a mission immersion week with Asheville Youth Mission. All are welcome to attend this free event!
AmiciMusic returns to First Presbyterian on Sunday, June 9 at 2:00 for another great chamber music concert entitled "REED 'EM & WEEP" featuring some wonderful trios for oboe, bassoon, and piano.
This is a very special combination of instruments that blend beautifully. Oboist Margaret Herlehy and bassoonist Janet Polk will visit from New Hampshire to join Artistic Director/pianist Daniel Weiser in this lyrical program of music by Poulenc, Bizet, Lalliet, and a neglected female composer, Marie de Grandval.
Tickets available at the door-Church members are only $15 and general admission is $20. Children 18 and under are always free. Or you can buy discounted advance seats online at https://amicimusic.org/concert/reed-em-weep/
Join us on Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 pm for beautiful music for the Lenten season.
Soprano, Jennifer Pedersen, and Mezzo Soprano, Simone Vigilante, accompanied by chamber orchestra, sing Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s stunning Stabat Mater. The piece, which will be conducted by Jeremy Roberts, tells of Mary the Mother of Jesus' experience while keeping watch at the cross and invites each of us to join her there, meditating on Christ's passion.
AmiciMusic returns to First Presbyterian on Saturday, March 16 at 3:00 with a program called "A NIGHT IN VIENNA" that is part of their Mozart in the Mountains Weekend Festival.
Soprano Amanda Horton, baritone Jonathan Ross, and pianist/Artistic Director Daniel Weiser will perform scenes from several Mozart operas as well as scenes and arias from Viennese operettas by Lehar and Strauss. Take a musical trip to the Austrian capital and listen to the celebrated music that made it famous.
General admission at the door is $25 and Church members are only $20. Children 18 and under are free. Further discounts available if you purchase seats in advance online at www.amicimusic.org or call Daniel Weiser at 802-369-0856.
Ash Wednesday Midday Service
Imposition of Ashes: Come from 12:15-12:45 and find stillness in the midst of a busy day through a simple service of prayer, scripture, music, and the imposition of ashes.
Ash Wednesday Dinner & Worship Service
Come to the Fellowship Hall for a simple meal at 5:30 p.m. and stay for the worship service following dinner.
Ash Wednesday is the threshold that marks the beginning of our journey into Lent. In this contemplative service we hear scripture, offer prayers of personal and corporate repentance, and receive ashes as a mark of our mortality and repentance. This year, we will be joined by the choir of Furman University who will offer a brief concert at 6:15 before participating in worship at 6:40 p.m.
The St. James Choir will sing Choral Evensong for Epiphany on Sunday Feb. 24th at 5:00 p.m. Music for the service will include canticles by T. Tertius Noble in A Minor, Anglican chant by Thomas Norris, and the anthem Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies by Harold Darke. The organist for the service will be Howard Bakken.
The service will be followed by an organ recital by Jeremy Roberts. Mr. Roberts will be playing works by Moritz Brosig, Bach, Buxtehude, George Thalben-Ball, and John Rutter on the church’s Harrison & Harrison organ. The congregation may greet Mr. Roberts in the church following the recital.
No tickets are required; an offering will be received. For further information, please contact Director of Music Brad Gee at 828-694-6925 or by email.
AmiciMusic presents "GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN" on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1:30pm. This program of powerful Spirituals and exciting Ragtime celebrates the African-American musical experience and features soprano Simone Vigilante and pianist Daniel Weiser. $15 for Church members---children are free. Tickets available at the door or buy discounted seats in advance at www.amicimusic.org (click on the Asheville concerts link at top of page).
AmiciMusic returns for another intimate chamber music concert that breaks down the barriers between performers and audience. "OPUS ONE" features piano quartets that were the first published works by Felix Mendelssohn (age 14) and Josef Suk (age 17) as well as a movement by Suk's mentor and future father-in-law, Antonin Dvorak.
The performers are Emmanuel Borowsky, violin; Anna Pelczer, viola; Frances Borowsky, cello; and Daniel Weiser, piano.
Admission at the door is only $15 for Church members and $20 for general admission. Children 18 and under are free. Buy discounted seats in advance here.
Christmas carols are some of the most beloved songs in our hymnal, and we only have a few weeks to sing them! In addition, many of them come along with wonderful stories and rich theology. Join Rev. Patrick Johnson and Music Director Jeremy Roberts to sing and explore your favorite Christmas carols on the Sunday before Christmas in the Fellowship Hall at 9:45 a.m.
My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord!
Join us on Sunday, December 16 at 11:00 a.m. for a special service of Advent Music. The Choirs of First Presbyterian Church, Chamber Orchestra, and Organist & Director of Music, Jeremy Roberts, will all join forces to lead a festival worship service with music and readings based around the Magnificat.
Dinner is served in Gardner Fellowship Hall at 5:30 and followed by a youth-led interactive worship service in the Sanctuary at 6:30. This Moravian tradition is a meaningful experience for adults and children alike. This is a unique worship experience of song & prayer, candles & coffee, and of course sweet Moravian cookies! Worship begins with a prelude by our youth band, and is led by our youth with assistance from both of our Children’s Choirs.
Join the Asheville Symphony Chorus for our 4th Annual Handel's Messiah Community Sing Along.
Accompany our members in song or sit back and enjoy over 200 voices uniting in the strains of this magnificent work!
Singers are encouraged to arrive 45-60 minutes early to rehearse. Feel free to bring your own music score or you may borrow one of ours.
Each year, this event is proving to be more fun and even more magical for singers and audience members alike. Please come early to ensure you get a seat!
$20 ticket at the door or click the picture.
Organist, Richard Konzen, performs a program entitled “Pairings” on our stunning 2014 Holtkamp Organ. The program will include works by Buxtehude, Bach, Howells, Harwood, Vierne, and Franck, grouped together in pairs the way one might pair beer or wine with food.
Konzen is Organist-Choirmaster at St. John’s Episcopal Church, as well as retired Professor of Music and College Organist at Grove City College. St. Johns, in Youngstown, Ohio, is well known in the region for their annual Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival. Dr. Konzen was also FPCA Music Director, Jeremy Roberts', organ teacher in college!
AmiciMusic celebrates Veterans Day with "OVER THERE," a musical tribute to the songs of the World War I era in honor of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.
The performance takes place on Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 at the First Presbyterian Church in Asheville. Tickets at the door are $20 for general admission, $15 for Church members, and $10 for all Veterans. Children 18 and under are free.
Created by acclaimed director Francis Cullinan, this nostalgic show features singers Jacqueline Culpepper and Dan Boye, along with pianist/Artistic Director Daniel Weiser with Cullinan himself narrating. They will perform fun hits from the era including "Alexander's Ragtime Band and Give My Regards to Broadway," patriotic songs such as "You're a Grand Old Flag" and "God Bless America" and some more tragic songs about the horrors of war including "I Didn't Raise my Boy to be a Soldier" and "Danny Boy." Go to the website for more information about "OVER THERE" and to buy discount seats in advance.
Be whisked back to Tudor England as Cinis Canticum, Asheville's newest choral ensemble, presents a concert of choral works from the English Renaissance. Led by artistic director, Jeremy Roberts, the ensemble will sing a cappella works by Tallis, Byrd, Morley, Redford, and Dunstable. Mr. Roberts will also present a number of organ works by the same composers. The concert is open to the public. A free will donation to support the concert series at First Presbyterian Church will be taken.
GREAT DUETS FOR VIBRAPHONE AND PIANO PLUS SELECTIONS FROM CLAUDE BOLLING'S SECOND SUITE FOR FLUTE, JAZZ PIANO, DRUMS, AND BASS
Sunday, Aug. 5 at 2:00PM
First Presbyterian Church in the Sanctuary
$20 at the door/$15 for Church members/Children Free
For info and to purchase advance discounted seats online, visit: https://amicimusic.org/concert/jazzical-4/
Or call Daniel Weiser at 802-369-0856 to purchase by phone
This will be a very unique program of fantastic crossover music uniting the worlds of Classical and Jazz. Special guest Jason DeCristofaro will do double duty on vibraphone and percussion. On the first half, we will perform some rarely heard duos for vibraphone and piano including an original composition by DeCristofaro himself. For the second half, flutist Lea Kibler and bassist Craig Sandberg will join to perform several movements from the phenomenal Second Suite for Flute, Jazz Piano, Drums, and Bass by the wonderful French jazz pianist and composer, Claude Bolling. Bolling was one of the first to experiment in the fusion of these two musical idioms and produced a string of great crossover albums with Jean-Pierre Rampal, Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zuckerman, and more in the 1970’s and 1980’s. His music is still fresh and innovative today—true chamber music, but with a jazz flair! You won’t want to miss this show.
Calling all adult, middle school, and high school singers. Join us for a fun pick up choir at 11:00 a.m. worship on Sunday, July 8th. Come to the Choir room at 10am on the 8th.
You do not have to be in one of the FPCA Choirs to sing. All are welcome!
Wednesday, May 30th at 7:30 pm
Anderson Auditorium - Montreat Conference Center
Music of Bach, Rutter, Billy Strayhorn, John Cook, Bartok, Dubois, Arthur Sullivan, and more!
Eric Wall - Austin Presbyterian Seminary & Montreat Conference Center|
Jeff Jones - Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Asheville
Jeremy Roberts - First Presbyterian Church of Asheville
FPCA will host in our Sanctuary, Free to the public- donations for Homeward Bound welcome
The entire FPCA family is invited to an end of the year celebration for our choirs on Wednesday, May 9th. We will gather in the Fellowship Hall for dinner at 5:30. Then at 6:30 we’ll move to the sanctuary, where both choirs will perform a program highlighting the music they have learned this year. And who knows, you may be invited to join in the music making too!
Join the Miami University Men's Glee Club at First Presbyterian Church-Asheville on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 7:30 PM to share in their Brotherhood of Song.
The Miami University Men’s Glee Club, founded in 1907, has maintained a tradition of musical excellence, brotherhood, and camaraderie throughout its storied history. With a membership of approximately 100 students representing academic disciplines across the university, it is among the oldest and largest collegiate male glee clubs in the nation.
The Glee Club is among Miami’s oldest student organizations and is its oldest music ensemble. Regularly touring, the Glee Club has presented concerts in 19 states and 10 countries in the past seven years. As advocates for the creation and performance of new repertoire, the Glee Club established an annual commission series, and its first commercial recording (Veiled Light) was released in 2016 with Albany Records. For more than a century, these Brothers in Song have shared their song with audiences around the world, presenting music of the highest caliber while serving Miami with distinction and with Love and Honor.
Join local musicians, artists and community in the sanctuary of West Asheville Presbyterian Church for the annual Habitat for Humanity Benefit Concert. Sample the local music scene, score great artist merchandise, and support Habitat’s mission in bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Performers include Asheville MusicWorks children’s ensemble, Aaron “Woody” Wood, Eleanor Underhill, Laura Blackley, Aaron Price, Kat Williams, Richard Shulman, Donna Marie Todd & Andy Gwynn, Kevin Smith, and Shalene Hill.
This is a free event. Donations to Habitat are suggested and all proceeds benefit your Asheville community.
AmiciMusic rings in the New Year with the "Celebrate 2018" Music Festival with performances at First Presbyterian on the first two Fridays of January with concerts featuring a program of music by African-American composers with violinist Tim Schwarz as well as the debut of the newly formed Brevard Woodwind Quintet.
First up on Friday, January 5 at 7:30pm is a concert entitled "Music from the Underground," which will feature some wonderful, but neglected works for violin and piano by minority composers, including Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, George Morrison, William Grant Still, and W.C. Handy. Violinist Tim Schwarz is the featured performer along with pianist/Artistic Director Daniel Weiser. Schwarz and Weiser met at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore and won the 1996 US Artistic Ambassador Program competition, which resulted in a two-month, eleven country tour of the Middle East and Southeast Asia. They were described as "brilliant cultural ambassadors" and their programs were praised as "a melodic revelation" and "an irresistible introduction to...American music."
Then, on Friday, January 12 at 7:30pm, AmiciMusic is pleased to present "Winds of Winter," featuring the debut of the Brevard Woodwind Quintet, a new group composed of some of the finest woodwind players living in the region who all met recently while playing with the Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra. The group is comprised of Leonard Lopatin, flute; Andrew Parker, oboe; Steve Loew, clarinet; Will Peebles, bassoon; and Hobart Whitman, french horn. They will perform fun music by Danzi, Ibert, and Arnold, and then pianist/Artistic Director Daniel Weiser will join them for the powerful Sextet for Piano and Winds by Ludwig Thuille.
At both concerts, Artistic Director Daniel Weiser will talk about the pieces before they are played and help break down the barriers between performers and audience by establishing a very informal and relaxed concert atmosphere.
Tickets for Church members are only $15 at the door ($20 for general admission). For information about the concerts and to purchase discounted tickets in advance, please visit www.amicimusic.org and click on the Asheville Concerts link.
All ages are invited to sing carols and join in a party after caroling! If you are unable to come caroling, then meet us at Habitat Brewing for a party. RSVP to the church office to participate– we will let you know where to meet with your group. Scroll down to see pictures of caroling past!!
Youth 6th -12th grade will have a separate Youth Christmas Party; transportation from caroling will be provided. Parents pick up youth at 7:30pm at the church.
Come see a selection of Christmas Nativity sets from around the world on December 14 - 17 at the First Baptist Church of Asheville. The public is welcome to this free event.
Special guest lectures by the Rev. Dr. Jerry Beavers on “Creche: The Nativity Scene as Art” and "The Nativity Scene in Worship and Devotion" Friday and Saturday.
The exhibit will run Thursday from 6 to 8:30 pm (open interfaith reception), Friday from 5 to 8:30 pm, Saturday the 16th from 3 - 8:30 pm, and Sunday the 17th from 12 noon to 6 PM.
A crèche, often called a Nativity scene, is an artistic representation of the birth of Jesus Christ. While focusing on the central figures of the mother Mary and Christ Child, crèche artists often telescope time and place to bring together a host of earthly and heavenly participants—shepherds, animals, wise men, angels, and commoners. For centuries, the crèche as an art form has spanned the globe, flourishing in homes and churches worldwide. Whether the crèche contains 19th century Italian villagers dressed in silks and jewels or contemporary African animal herders made of clay, each representation reflects the unique time and culture of the artist. This exhibit is an ecumenical effort to highlight the cultural diversity of each crèche on display, while honoring and celebrating the common theme that runs throughout—the birth of Jesus
AmiciMusic, Western North Carolina's award-winning chamber music organization, returns to First Presbyterian on Friday, December 1 at 7:30pm with a fun and energetic program of flute and piano music entitled "FLUTE FANDANGO."
The concert will include works by Astor Piazzolla, George Gershwin, Claude Bolling, Paul Schoenfield, and some ragtime as well. Acclaimed flutist Lea Kibler and pianist/Artistic Director Daniel Weiser will highlight the jazzier side of the classical literature as well as the influence of different folk idioms.
Tickets will be available at the door. Church members are only $15 and general admission is $20. Children 18 and under are always free. Buy your seats in advance for further discount at: https://amicimusic.org/concert/flute-fandango/. Or call Daniel Weiser at 802-369-0856 to purchase seats over the phone.
Flutist Lea Kibler has been hailed by critics as “bewitching and unforgettable” and a “top drawer flutist”. She was a member of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra and the Florida Grand Opera orchestra and has toured as Principal Flutist of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. Lea is a graduate of the Yale School of Music who now makes her home in Asheville and serves on the faculty of Clemson University. She released her CD, The Back of Beyond…Music inspired by the Appalachian Mountains, at the end of 2008.
Pianist Daniel Weiser has performed on many great stages, including the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall and the National Gallery of Art in D.C. He has also concertized around the world, including Israel, Thailand, Holland, and France and was the 1996 U.S. Artistic Ambassador Abroad, for which he performed on an eleven-country tour of the Middle East and Asia. He earned his Doctorate in Piano/Chamber Music from the Peabody Conservatory and has been on the music faculty of Dartmouth College, Johns Hopkins University, UNCA, and St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. He is the founder and Artistic Director of both AmiciMusic and Classicopia, a similar chamber music organization based in New Hampshire. A phi beta kappa graduate of Columbia University with a degree in American History, he also spent a year at Harvard Law School at the same time as President Obama. Dr. Weiser now lives in Baltimore with his wife, Dr. Kisha Weiser, and their twelve-year old twin daughters, Emma and Sophie
WHILE I STILL HAVE BREATH!
The Reuter Center Singers In Concert
(the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's community chorus)
Sunday - Nov 19 @ 3 pm
First Presbyterian Church - Asheville
While I Still Have Breath celebrates the embrace of aging with our heads held high, our eyes wide open, and eager to see what new opportunities are just around the next corner. Whether singing with full fanfares in Fanfare for a Festival, quiet petitions in Borning Cry, or bold statements of action in We Shall Overcome, we sing as if our life depends upon it - because it does. Listener and performer alike will journey together with both ancient and contemporary texts, musically pointing towards a time when, as the final song of the program proclaims: All Shall Be Amen and Alleluia!
The Reuter Center Singers join with the Givens Estates Vesper Choir and the Biltmore United Methodist Church Choir to sing songs spanning four centuries. Under the direction of Chuck Taft, the combined effort of over 120 singers will be accompanied by brass, cello, flute, percussion, piano and pipe organ. Chuck Taft is celebrating his 20th year as Director of the Reuter Center Singers.
Open to the Public Free Admission Donations Welcome
Reception following performance
For more information call 828.484.8327, Bob Dutnell - RCS President
FPCA church members who play an important part in the Reuter Center Singers are: Ruth and Luther Barnhardt, Lisette DeGroot, Gloria Dupree, Bob Dutnell, Marian Fincher, and Bill and Jennifer Kantonen. Also, Jeremy will be playing the organ for the concert!