Music, Arts & Concerts
The Adult Choir offers a wide variety of musical selections during most Sunday services. Their repertoire lifts up musicians of the past and present who express spirit according to diverse theological and cultural approaches. All are welcome to join the Adult Choir with no audition requires. Rehearsals take place each Thursday from 7-8:30pm; for more information, please contact Director of Church Music Justin Murphy-Mancini at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jazz Vespers celebrates the inspiration of jazz music and provides the Newburyport community with a time to gather together to enjoy music, readings, and time for reflection. Join us either in person or online via livestreaming. For more information, please contact Lark Madden at email@example.com.
The Candlelight Chorale welcomes singers from FRS and the wider Newburyport community for fellowship and music-making. They perform each year at the annual Candlelight Service, a Newburyport tradition since 1925, and perform other concerts on a regular basis. This year’s Candlelight Service will be Sunday, December 17 at 7:15pm with a brass prelude at 7pm.
WILSON MUSIC SERIES
Now in its 35th season, the Jean C. Wilson Music Series offers intimate chamber music concerts designed to be a relief from the dark and grinding New England winter. These Sunday afternoon programs take place each year from January through March, featuring a wide range of professional musicians from around the United States. Past performers include the Del Sol Quartet, the Akropolis Reed Quintet, Ensemble Chaconne, Concerto Incognito, and many others. For information about the winter 2023 concert series, click here.
FRS is blessed with the last surviving organ built by local Newburyport builder Joseph Alley, constructed originally in 1834. The instrument was expanded by Georges Hutchings in 1889 and Charles Fisk in 1957 before receiving a complete restoration by A. David Moore & Associates in 2012. The Sanctuary is also home to an 1898 Steinway Model A grand piano, and a similar Steinway from 1909 is located in the Parish Hall.
You can take a virtual tour of the organ, led by Justin Murphy-Mancini and produced by the Organ Media Foundation, by clicking here: https://youtu.be/c_opYa28pVo. Thanks to Brent Johnson and the Organ Media Foundation for making this video possible.
In April 2020, FRS member Bettina Turner invited us in a worship service to reflect on creativity and what it means to be creative. We are all creative, whether or not we consider ourselves artistic. Here are some of the many ways that FRS members and friends express their creativity.