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First & Central Presbyterian Church

March 7 @ 12:30 pm
Center City Chorale March 7, May 16

Thursday, March 7 at 12:30 p.m. Center City Chorale: Sing a Psalm for Me David Schelat, conductor Steven Patchel, organist A multitude of songs from the Bible’s hymnal, the book of Psalms. Introspective to jubilant, contrasting emotions will be expressed in this half hour of inspirational song. Free admission

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March 14 @ 12:30 pm
Hiroya Tsukamoto April 4

Thursday, April 4 at 12:30 p.m. Hiroya Tsukamoto, “Cinematic Guitar Poetry” Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist, and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. His show is a mixture of guitar solos and Japanese folk music and originals, sometimes with audience participation – almost finger-style guitar tinged with jazz. “Japanese guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto takes us to an impressionistic journey” – Boston Herald “…chops, passion and warmth. Zealously recommended.” – Jazz Review.com Free admission

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March 16 @ 12:30 pm
Pyxis 2

Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. Pyxis Piano Quartet Luigi Mazzocchi, violin Amy Leonard, viola Jie Jennifer Jin, cello Hiroko Yamazaki, piano with guest Grant Youngblood, baritone The remarkable players of Pyxis perform a new composition by Chuck Holdeman for piano quartet and guest artist, baritone Grant Youngblood, based on the poetry of Jeffrey Harrison. Music of J. C. Bach and the well-known Histoire du Tango by Piazzolla round out the evening of music. Program: Keyboard Quartet in G Major…

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March 21 @ 12:30 pm
Schelat March 14

Thursday, March 14 at 12:30 p.m. David Schelat, organist Music from the 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries fills the air with the unbeatable combination of Gabriel Kney organ and organist David Schelat. Free admission

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March 28 @ 12:30 pm
Passarinho March 28

Thursday, March 28 at 12:30 p.m. Passarinho Dallas Vietty – accordion Bryce Milano – mandolin Jim Hamilton – percussion Philadelphia-based Passarinho is a small ensemble with a passion for fascinating music from South American and other world locales. Eclectic and adventurous, they combine melodies, rhythms, and harmonies that cross global boundaries to create something all their own. Passarinho is sure to excite with their refreshing repertoire and captivating instrumental prowess. Free admission

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April 4 @ 12:30 pm

Thursday, March 21 at 12:30 p.m. Ovidiu Marinescu, cello One of the outstanding musicians of his native Romania, Ovidiu Marinescu enjoys an international performing career as a cellist and conductor. We will sample some of the amazing J. S. Bach solo cello music with him. “… gripping excitement, warm tone, and total technical control over his instrument.” – Donau Zeitung, Germany Free admission

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April 11 @ 12:30 pm

Thursday, April 11 at 12:30 p.m. OperaDelaware Sneak Preview OperaDelaware showcases its spring opera festival of Dead Man Walking, Scalia/Ginsburg, and Trial by Jury. Come and sample these celebrated operas, each with its own take – serious or humorous – on the legal system. Free admission

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April 25 @ 12:30 pm
La Bernardinia April 25

Thursday, April 25 at 12:30 p.m. La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble: London – Paris – Hamburg: A Musical Travelogue Experience music of the eighteenth century from three of Europe's brilliant cultural centers as La Bernardinia performs compositions by Abel, Telemann, de Fesch, Barrière, Hotteterre and others on recorders, viola da gamba, and harpsichord. Free admission

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May 2 @ 12:30 pm
John Bullard May 2

Thursday, May 2 at 12:30 p.m. John Bullard, banjo | David Schelat, organ Bach on the banjo! John played a memorable Thursday Noontime Concert last spring and returns to play music by J. S. Bach and Benedetto Marcello with organ as his orchestra. Unusual, yes, but remarkably beautiful and moving. Free admission

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May 9 @ 12:30 pm

Thursday, May 9 at 12:30 p.m. The Art of Song Collaborative pianist extraordinaire Aurelien Eulert joins forces with the finest mid-Atlantic vocal talent performing songs from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Free admission

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May 11 @ 12:30 pm
Mastersingers May 11

Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. Mastersingers of Wilmington Laura Kosar, soprano Grant Youngblood, baritone Hiroko Yamazaki and Marvin Mills, pianists David Schelat, conductor The German Requiem of Johannes Brahms stands as one of the shining choral stars of the late 19 th century. This masterpiece is paired with timeless newer music that shares similar themes with the Requiem of Brahms. Program: The Fruit of Silence – Peteris Vasks Nunc Dimittis – Arvo Pärt Ein Deutsches Requiem – Johannes Brahms…

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May 16 @ 12:30 pm
Center City Chorale March 7, May 16

Thursday, May 16 at 12:30 p.m. Center City Chorale: A Choral Miscellany David Schelat, conductor Steven Patchel, organist Everything from J. S. Bach to spirituals and gospel-tinged music, this concert will have something for everyone. An eclectic close to an eclectic season, all sung by the talented singers of Center City Chorale. Free admission

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