SPECIAL WORSHIP SERVICES AND MUSICAL PERFORMANCES

First Congregational Church is blessed with many talented members who make these annual musical services possible. 

They are much anticipated and not to be missed!

Dido and Aeneas

August 10, 2018 - 7:00 pm

August 12, 2018 - 3:00 pm

As part of FCC's Summer Music Series, First Congregational Church is presenting the dramatic Dido and Aeneas! Performed by members and friends of FCC, this year's production is once again musically-directed by organist/conductor, 

Derek Carden from England, and stage-directed by Theresa D'Aiuto Sokol.


Dido and Aeneas is a short opera by English composer, 

Henry Purcell, and was first performed in the late 17th Century. 

Based on Virgil's Aeneid, the opera tells the tale of Dido, 

Queen of Carthage, and her love for a Trojan soldier, Aeneas.

The second half of the program offers a selection of vignettes from

Gilbert & Sullivan operas, including

The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, Trial by Jury, and more! 

These light-hearted tunes will delight with laughter and smiles!


We are thrilled to have a multi-generational cast of performers this year, all bringing their talents to our Chancel. They will also be performing to an audience at the Union Congregational Church (UCC) during a weekend in the mountains of Crested Butte.


Musical Director Derek Carden, based in London, UK, has had a long and distinguished career of conducting, répétiteuring, accompanying, teaching, specializing in opera, and church music. He has conducted over fifty operas from the standard repertoire, as well as many rare works. Derek has traveled across the pond in past years to musically direct various productions in Colorado, including Trial by Jury, Into the Woods, 

The Robber Bridegroom, Reefer Madness, and All Grown Up


This production will be staged by Director Theresa D'Aiuto Sokol, who joins us from Florida. She leads an active and diverse musical life that includes opera and musical theater directing, solo performance with national and international opera companies, orchestras and chamber music groups, guest recitals, teaching and master classes. An accomplished stage director, she has more than twenty-five opera and theatre productions to her credit, among them Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, The Merry Widow, Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls, 

The Music Man, and Die Fledermaus. Theresa has directed for

The St. Petersburg Opera and Opera Theater of Lakeland in Florida, 

Crested Butte Mountain Theatre in Colorado, and also with the

Wesley Balk Music Theater Institute in Minneapolis. 

At the University of South Florida, she served as

Coordinator of Opera and Professor of Voice.


Colorado Springs performances:

August 10 - 7:00 pm

August 12 - 3:00 pm

Tickets: suggested donation of $20

(available M-F, 8 am - 1 pm at the FCC Office).

There will be a short English-style Interval of tea and biscuits! 


For further information, please contact us

by telephone (719.635.3549) or email.

Organ Recital with David Acton

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 3:00 pm


Principal Organist of First Congregational Church performs

an afternoon recital of his favorite organ tunes!


This is the concluding performance of FCC's 2018 Summer Music Series!

Organ Recitals

Summer, 2018

Sunday, July 8 - 3:00 p.m.

VITAL ORGAN PROJECT

www.vitalorganproject.com


Saturday, July 28 - 3:00 p.m.

Organ Recital with Derek Carden

Organist / Conductor from London, UK


Saturday, August 18 - 3:00 p.m.

Organ Recital with David W. Acton

FCC Resident Organist

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS MYSTERY PAGEANT

The Christmas Mystery began in 1912 with a script written by Mrs. William Watson Ranney (the then minister’s wife). It was directed for twenty years by Mrs. W.R. Armstrong, Sr., and has been shepherded in most recent memory by Gratia Belle Blackman Haney and Virginia Manella. Our Christmas Mystery takes its name from the mystery plays or dramas of western Europe which began in the early 10th century and flourished well into the 1400s. Our musical-drama is a Christmas Pageant combining the Biblical accounts of the birth of Jesus along with church legends and beloved Christmas carols. It is performed each Advent season on the Sunday before Christmas. One unknown in The Mystery is “Who will be Mary and Joseph?” We have a lovely tradition of secrecy surrounding these two people each year–the Mystery Members tapping persons in our faith community who have contributed outstanding service. The ceramic figure of the “Bambino” (Christ Child) and the censer carried by a Wise Man were acquired in Italy by Dr. Alfred A. Blackman’s Family around 1900 and lent to the church for use in the play. The cruse for myrrh is like those from Biblical times. In the drama the Angel Choir is composed of high school and college-age women, and the Seraph’s (lead angel’s) part is sung by one of the church’s excellent female vocalists. The Shepherds’ roles are taken by male singers of the church and the Wise Men’s solo parts carried by baritone voices. During the pageant, cherub-children of the congregation come forward and present a gift of song before the manger. The Mystery begins with a concert of music performed on the 1889 Hook and Hastings organ. The Mystery concludes with the recessional hymn “As With Gladness, Men of Old” and the Benediction.


The 2018 Annual Christmas Mystery:

Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

THE MADRIGAL

Lords and Ladies of First Congregational UCC, hearken to this good news! Long an FCUCC tradition, the Madrigal Dinner combines song, pageantry, drama, and more than just a little good-natured humor to celebrate the season of our Savior’s birth in true 16th century style. The Founders’ Room is transformed to the Feasting Hall, and our young people to pages, serving knaves and wenches. Royalty, commoners, troubadours, arranged marriages, arranged non-marriages, beautiful choral works, the clash of cultures (really, the cultured and less-cultured) and just a whiff of scandal …it’s all at this year’s Madrigal Dinner.

Banquet guests assemble in the Sanctuary for musical entertainment and formal introductions of the Royal Court. They are then escorted to reserved seats in the Feasting Hall for a wonderful meal created by our own Patti White and her splendid assistants, and the kind of entertainment that only our Madrigal players can provide. The evening concludes with a lovely choir concert and the candlelight singing by all of Silent Night.Huzzah!! 

The Madrigal will next take place Winter, 2019. 

We participated in #ConcertAcrossAmerica on Sunday, September 24! This beautiful song was sung by people all over to raise awareness about gun violence. Check it out! I especially like Jacoby's dance in the foreground. @ConcertAcrossAmerica


Learn more: http://concertacrossamerica.org/