Concerts

Concerts at Wesley United Methodist Church

Lenten Lunchtime Concert Series

These concerts are from 12:10pm to 12:50pm and are designed as concerts to enjoy during your lunch break from work, or to rejuvenate your afternoon with serious classical music. Bring your own bagged lunch to enjoy during these concerts. A free-will offering will be received at the end.

March 13    César Franck (1822-1890)

The Organ as the Orchestra

Michael Steven Lianos, organist

The organ as the orchestra is a concept that started with César Franck and flourished through the French school of organ instruction. Dare yourself to step into another world on your lunch hour and find yourself in the world of imagination among cellos, violins, oboes, flutes, trumpets and trombones with Grand Piece Symphonique.

March 20    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Compassion for Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Michael Steven Lianos, pianist

As you care for a friend or relative with dementia or Alzheimer’s, have you wondered what they may be going through? Robert Schumann did not have either, but his mental faculties were slipping out of his control, which can have its parallels. The way he writes his Sonata in F minor, it seems as though he is writing down a journal entry – his anger, his child-like playfulness, noticing that alongside his condition intensifying, his wife Clara Schumann is slipping away. Beyond the story, Schumann is known for writing technically challenging music. Be on the edge of your seat with this passionate, yet Olympic sonata.

March 27    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) and Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Preludes, Fugues and Chorales

Michael Steven Lianos, organist

Bach had this knack for creating the “harmony of the planets”; Brahms had the knack for creating harmonies that grab the listener’s heart. Brahms was also an essential piece in restoring an interest in historical music and the music of Bach. Join us in the land of imagination where we will start in outer space and end warming your heart.

April 3    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

A Forbidden Love

Michael Steven Lianos, pianist

Brahms lived with Robert Schumann and Clara Schumann for some time. When Robert Schumann arrived at the asylum, Brahms started to fall in love with Clara Schumann. The Sonata in F minor is a riveting sonata of a forbidden love.

April 10    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) and Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Preludes, Fugues and Sonatas

Michael Steven Lianos, organist

Mendelssohn was always lauded for his performances of Bach’s Preludes and Fugues. He was also an essential part of restoring an interest in historical music practices as well as the music of Bach. Come hear how these two composers reside in perfect harmony!

 

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    Please join us for worship on Sunday's at 8:30 am and 10:30 am. 

    Also, check out the upcoming Concert Series under Worship & Music, then Concerts.

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