Concert Series

The Concert Series Committee of FUMCCV works hard to present some of the region’s best performing artists. They are as diverse as the community we represent. We are proud to feature a range of genres from Classical to Gospel and from soloists to orchestras. There is something for everyone in this series.
Music has been a strong part of this congregation’s life since its founding over 100 years ago, and it continues to be one of the many things that pulls us together as a church and community. If the performing arts are important to you, please consider joining us in our endeavors by underwriting a concert, joining the committee, or coming to enjoy the music. This series has been put together for you, and we hope you’ll help us promote excellent music in the South Bay.
Committee Chair: Eric Swanson
Russ Peck Organ Concert:
A Night at the Movies
Sunday, September 9
Specializing in the creation and performance of Silent Era film scores, Mr. Peck is currently the organist for the Fox Theatre Film Series at the Jacobs Music Center in San Diego. In addition to this solo work, he has performed with the San Diego Symphony for silent film presentations. Peck is also the “House Organist” at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego. His other organ work includes being an official guest organist at the Spreckels outdoor pipe organ in San Diego and guest organist at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Lemon Grove (on a Wurlitzer Theatre pipe organ he helped install and continues to maintain). Not content with just the organ, Peck is Principle Timpanist for the Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra and does “pick-up” percussion work for the Imperial Valley Symphony, the Coronado Concert Band, The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble, and other bands and orchestras in San Diego county.
Big Band Express
Sunday, October 7
Marty Conley’s Big Band Express has been garnering attention in San Diego’s jazz scene for a diverse range of dance music over the years. Featuring some of the area’s finest jazz musicians, including FUMC’s own Jerry Kaehr and Kay Mundell, this is a big band jazz experience you will not want to miss. Plan on wearing your dancing shoes!
Merit Scholarhip Awards Concert w/ Anne Liu & Nicholas Newton
Sunday, November 11
Our concert series will present a first this fall! We are pleased to partner with the Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego in a recital featuring two outstanding young musicians. Anne Liu, pianist, is this year’s top prize winner in the 2018 auditions. She is a 16 year old junior at Canyon Crest Academy with an impressive list of accomplishments already. Nicholas Newton, bass baritone, is a multiple year winner in MMF auditions. He is finishing a Master of Music degree at Rice University and embarking upon a professional opera career. He will be joined by Michiko Lohorn at the piano. Don’t miss these fine young performers!
Christmas Concert:
Sing We Now of Christmas
Sunday, December 9
FUMCCV’s Music Ministry presents an afternoon of Christmas merriment for one and all! Join us as we sing the story of Jesus’ birth that wonderful night in Bethlehem so many years ago. As you follow the journey of Joseph and Mary, you’ll hear some of your Christmas favorites like, “Do You Hear What I Hear” and “Angels We Have Heard on High” as well as some beautiful new pieces by contemporary choral writers. We hope you’ll join us for this very special Christmas celebration.
Tifereth Israel
Community Orchestra
Sunday, January 27
The Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra returns to our concert series for a wonderful afternoon of music. This orchestra, under the direction of Maestro David Amos, has been performing for 43 years including more than thirty appearances at FUMCCV. TICO is known for its diverse programming. This year they will first present a Schumann piano concerto followed by a performance by a Jewish men’s chorus under the direction of Ruth Weber.
Sunday, February 17
Now celebrating it’s tenth season, SACRA/PROFANA has rapidly been gaining a reputation as an exciting new voice in American choral music. The 20-voice ensemble specializes in a unique blend of classic and contemporary styles, with repertoire including everything from Schoenberg and The Smashing Pumpkins to Leonard Cohen and Ligeti.
SACRA/PROFANA continues to defy genre classification collaborating with Art of √Član, electroclash act HYENA, the San Diego Symphony, La Jolla Playhouse, and several professional dance companies. Classical music writer Ken Herman of called their work “both polished and daring”. Hailed for its “youthful enthusiasm” and “maturity of technique” (David Chase, Director of La Jolla Symphony Chorus), SACRA/PROFANA is committed to providing a rewarding, entertaining concert-going experience by boldly championing the music of living composers, while breathing new life into timeless masterpieces.
Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
Sunday, March 31
The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble is one of Southern California’s finest adult musical organizations. Now celebrating it’s 33rd year, they are making a 4th appearance at FUMCCV. The ensemble brings standard wind band favorites along with some exciting new works and transcriptions for band. The wind ensemble is known for its innovative programming which has included work with the Balboa Park Centennial. San Diego Opera’s “Opera Exposed!”, Southwester College Concert Choir, and the Balboa Park Summer Series.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Community Choir
Sunday, May 5
The Mission of the MLK Jr. Choir is “Singing Gospel, Promoting the Arts”, and it does this by raising funds for scholarships in the visual and performing arts. This group is the premier gospel choir in San Diego, and it’s concerts are always inspirational and uplifting. The MLK Jr. Choir has performed over 20 times at FUMCCV and is a favorite of this congregation and community and is sure to bless all who hear it.
POPS: Open Mic Edition
Friday, May 31
This season’s POPS concert takes a turn toward the intimate and cozy atmosphere of coffeehouses and open mics. We’ll be featuring mainly soloists and small groups as they perform inventive arrangements of pop hits. Don’t worry, our large vocal ensembles will also join in the fun, singing some folk favorites throughout the night. One night only! $10 for general admission, $5 for children. Reserved seating $12/$7.
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Photo by Jason Yamaoka