Ann Arbor First Music Series

Our Music and Liturgical Arts Forum continues to plan and produce exciting and inspiring worship and outreach concerts.

Ann Arbor Camerata Orchestra: Season Opener: “A Trip through Prague”
Welcoming the Camerata’s new music director – Jotaro Nakano, conductor
Sunday, September 24, 2017 – 3:00 p.m.
We are pleased to begin our 2017-2018 Music Series with the return of the Ann Arbor Camerata Orchestra, a chamber orchestra dedicated to bringing music to all audiences.  Performing old works and new, collaborating with artists at the University of Michigan, and advocating for Arts Education, the Camerata works to inspire culture and unity throughout Washtenaw County.  This concert welcomes new conductor Jotaro Nakano, who will lead the ensemble in performances of Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 “Prague”,  Smetana’s Three Dances from “The Bartered Bride”, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7.

“Once Upon a Dream…”
FUMC Fall Music Fundraiser Concert
Sunday, October 8, 2017
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Hors D’oeuvres/Donation Opportunities
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Concert
Our Music and Liturgical Arts team presents the first of two music ministry fundraisers during the 2016-2017 church season.   This first event is a delightful evening of entertainment, celebration and praise through the music of our various music ministries – our Chancel Choir, Chancel Bells, FUMC Vocal Staff, and Children’s Choirs.  This year we musically focus on music which explores the inspiration of “dreams”, featuring “dream” selections from Gypsy, Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, Man from La Mancha, and Cinderella as well as popular selections by Judy Collins, Billie Joel, Hall & Oates, Frank Sinatra, the Mamas and the Papas, and more!  We offer this concert to thank all who consider donating to our ministry to help us in meeting our financial goals as well as for all who simply wish to attend.  Stay tuned for more information on Ministry Projects and Needs you may wish to support.  We hope you will join us “To Dream Together”.  

Ambassadors in Song – An International Male Chorus Symposium
Men’s Glee Club Choral Festival Activities
Eugene Rogers, coordinator/conductor
Festival Sessions and Concerts:
Hill Auditorium, Rackham Auditorium, Michigan League, FUMC
Friday-Saturday, November 10-11, 2017
We a delighted to serve as a satellite venue and workshop host in partnership with the UM Men’s Glee Club’s upcoming 2017 symposium.  In celebration of the University’s Bicentennial, the Men’s Glee Club is hosting Ambassadors of Song, an International Male Chorus Symposium taking place on November 10th & 11th, 2017. With world-renowned presenters and performances by premier choral groups, including the internationally-acclaimed Chanticleer, this fall weekend in Ann Arbor seeks to foster intellectual discourse and promote musical innovations of the future.  On Wednesday, November 8, two distinguished guest conductors, Paula Vassalo and Lhente Marie-Pitout will present a special opportunity for all choral lovers in a “Global Choral Workshop” featuring choral music from Portugal and South Africa.  For more symposium information:

Music of Thanksgiving
Sunday, November 19, 2017 – 9:00 & 11:15 a.m. Sunday morning worship services
The First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, Vocal Staff, and guest string quartet unite in special Thanksgiving Sunday Music Offerings featuring inspirational selections with powerful lyrics which convey our collective prayer and thanks for eternal grace, divine love, worldly joys, and the redemptive light of transformation so divinely symbolized through the arts.  Music selections include the Carol Barnett’s depiction of “the transporting rapturous scene…where milk and honey flow” in McKay, a setting of  an Appalachian hymn tune from the Sacred Harp;   Gwyneth Walker’s inspiring setting of  E. E. Cumming’s lyrics in I Thank You God, which gives thanks for creation and for giving us the faith to overcome all obstacles in our lives;  and lastly in the popular musical setting Luminous Night of the Soul featured in the Narnia Series movies, by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo.  Through lyrics by Charles Anthony Silvestri and St. John of the Cross, we explore the transformation of our lives through the gifts of our creator as revealed through the arts.

Radio J-O-Y!  Where the Best Songs are about Christmas
Vicki Wright (music)/Terry York (lyrics)
Children’s Musical – Carole DeHart, Director of Children’s Choirs
Sunday, December 17, 2017  – 9:30 Sunday Morning Worship
All of our FUMC Children’s Choirs will participate – Epworth, Carol & Cherub Choirs.  Come hear our youngest “angels” and future Christian Arts leaders share their gifts on the Third Sunday of Advent in our 9:30 Sunday morning Downtown Worship Service.