Elgin’s First Congregational Church continues spring concert series

This year marks the return of the First Congregational Church’s Spring Concert Series.

The “celebration of music,” which began March 6, continues Sunday through April 10, at the church, 256 E. Chicago St. in downtown Elgin.

A different musician or musical group will give a concert every Sunday afternoon or evening throughout the season of Lent.

Admission is free, but donations to the FCC Music Program are welcome and appreciated.

The series began with music director and church organist Jeffrey Neufeld performing works by François Couperin, John Stanley, JS Bach, Felix Mendelssohn and Maurice Durufle.

On March 13, the Chris Rollins Jazz Quartet, featuring Pastor Jesse Tanner on bass, will be the featured artist at 3 p.m. on March 13. They will perform a variety of jazz music with saxophone, piano, brass and drums.

On March 20, the Apas Piano Trio will perform works by early 19th-century Austrian composer Franz Schubert and 19th-century Czech composer Bedrich Smetana at 4 p.m. Founded in 2010, the Apas Piano Trio is made up of pianist Jimin Yun, violinist Isabella Lippi and cellist Nazar Djouryn. Each of them performs actively as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra in addition to being part of the Apas Piano Trio.


On March 27, James Russell Brown will perform works by 17th-century German-Danish composer Nicolaus Bruhns, Romantic composer Cesar Franck, contemporary Swiss composer Guy Bovet, contemporary Dutch composer Ad Wammes, 20th-century French composer Jeanne Demessieux and 20th-century French composer of the century Maurice Durutle at 4 p.m. He directs the organ and harpsichord program at Northern Illinois University at DeKalb.

On April 3, the Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble will perform music for organ and brass at 7 p.m.

The series will conclude on April 10 with the Fox Valley Harmonizers and Friends performing a selection of barbershop music at 4 p.m.

Celebrate the rich tradition of musical arts at First Congregational Church.

For more information, call (847) 741-4045 or visit fcc-elgin.org.

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