Music at First Church

“Praise God with the sound of the trumpet!” Music is a powerful way to connect with God and with each other, and plays a central role in our worship. We have three main ensembles, in addition to ad hoc groups which come together from time to time.

Chancel Choir – rehearsals on Thursdays at 7:30 pm in the Choir Room

This choir features singers from 9th grade to age 90 and above! We sing music from a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures, and periods from Baroque to Broadway. The Chancel Choir usually leads worship three times a month, but if you can only make occasional rehearsals and Sundays, join us anyway and enjoy the camaraderie and music. All skill levels welcome!

 

Bell Choir – rehearsals on Thursdays at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary

This ensemble features musicians from children to adult. We play music on our own, with the choir, with the congregation, and with invited instrumentalists. Typically the bell choir plays once a month, featuring a 3-octave set of brass Malmark handbells and a 3-octave set of Schlumerich handchimes. There is always room in the handbell choir for seasoned veterans or newcomers alike!

Barbara Crouse Memorial Concert Series

After only two seasons, First Congregational Church of Granby is excited to announce the addition of a fourth concert to the 2016–2017 Barbara Crouse Memorial Concert Series. Started in 2014, the BCMCS honors the memory of longtime Granby resident and music leader Barbara Crouse by providing area audiences with a variety of entertaining and enlightening concerts ranging from classical to contemporary.

The series begins Sunday, October 2nd at 3:00 p.m. with Chat Noir. With clarinetist Mike Piraneo, accordionist Markus Centola, guitarist Dan Liparini, and double bassist Dave Uhl, Chat Noir is a gypsy jazz quartet from New Haven featuring several different European traditions. Focusing on gypsy jass music in the style of the great Django Reinhardt, Chat Noir will transport you to a small Parisian café along the Seine!

The series continues on Sunday, January 29th at 3:00 p.m. the string quartet Cuatro Puntos presents “The Precious Composer,” featuring the music of Mozart and Mendelssohn. Based in Connecticut, Cuatro Puntos is a collective of chamber musicians dedicated to global cooperation and peace through the writing, performance, and teaching of music worldwide. In addition to U.S. tours, international tours have brought them throughout Bolivia, Brazil, Afghanistan, India, Germany, and the UK. 

On Wednesday, March 8th at 7:30 p.m., the beautiful First Church sanctuary will be filled with the singing of the roughly 60-voice, a cappella Pitt Men’s Glee Club! As a part of their 2017 Spring Tour that includes performances in Boston and at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the Pitt Men's Glee Club was founded in 1890 and is the oldest extra-curricular organization at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the first collegiate musical ensemble. All proceeds from this evening’s concert will go directly to support the Pitt Men’s Glee Club on their 2017 tour.

Finally, this year’s concert series will conclude on Saturday, March 25th at 7:00 p.m. with the third annual Sacred Choral Music Festival. Under the baton of Dr. Steven Grives, this year’s festival is a celebration of French sacred music, culminating in a performance of Fauré’s Requiem and works by other French composers. Guest conductor Dr. Grives has served as Director of Choral Activities at South Dakota State University, DePaul University, and Loras College.

Performances are located in the sanctuary of First Congregational Church. Admission to all BCMCS concerts is free, with a free-will offering accepted at the door.  Concerts are appropriate for all ages and are wheelchair accessible.

 

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