Patriotic Concert

The 2019-20 Grace Concert Series continues with this popular event! Join Chris Schroeder, Minister of Music, and the Grace Chancel Choir for an entertaining, educational and inspiring pre-Independence Day concert. Now in its sixth season, all ages are welcome to hear and sing your favorite patriotic songs, with organ and brass, and enjoy the ice cream social that follows. No admission fee; there will be a free will offering.

New Wave Singers Pride Concert

Maryland’s premier GLTBS mixed chorus returns to the Grace Concert Series with songs of hope, diversity, inclusion, and humor. They celebrate all of humanity in its infinite variations, and with their music they challenge us to embrace equality, harmony, and understanding.

This concert precedes the Gay Pride weekends in Washington, D.C. (June 12-14) and in Baltimore (June 19-21).  With an engaging message that reminds us that we are all part of the community’s diversity, you’ll be validated, challenged, and entertained!

Tickets may be obtained here or at the door.

Re-Dedication of the Newly Refurbished Moeller Organ

Christopher Schroeder, Grace Minister of Music, with Grace Church’s Chancel Choir, are excited to share our beautifully refurbished organ in concert, with the public most heartily invited!

The instrument has a rather amazing pedigree. M. P. Moeller, Inc. designed the pipe organ in the early 1950s; it was one of the premier instruments in the city, often chosen to showcase artists in recital. In the early years, Richard Ross and Robert Elmore were invited to play. After Bruce R. Eicher was hired as Director of Music, he instituted a new Concert Series, and visiting artists included E. Power Biggs, 1959; Virgil Fox and John Weaver, 1960; Virgil Fox and Catharine Crozier, 1961; Simon Preston, Mme. Marie-Madeleine Duruflé Chevalier and Maurice Duruflé, 1969. The Duruflés returned again in 1971. And that’s just Act I of the story!

Flash forward to 2019 – Dan Angerstein at Angerstein Organ Works, Inc. in Hendersonville, NC has been working throughout the second half of 2019 on the refurbishment of the instrument. The entire organ will be tonally refinished to provide solid, warm choruses with good balances and colors, in addition to other improvements and enhancements. No tickets required for this celebration; there will be a free will offering.

5 pm Tenebrae Service of Word and Song

The Service of Tenebrae includes readings from the Gospel of John alternating with choral anthems and congregational hymns. The service is similar to Christmas Lessons and Carols, but with a focus on Jesus’ final days leading to his death. As candles are extinguished one by one throughout the service, the stage is set to continue our Holy Week observance and experience the miracle of resurrection.

 

4 pm Four Hand Piano Concert

The Music at Grace Concert Series presents FOUR HAND PIANO CONCERT on Saturday, January 25 at 4:00 p.m. with artists Kathryn Locke and Christopher Schroeder, our Minister of Music. The program includes standouts from the four hand classical repertoire – Gabriel Fauré’s Dolly Suite, selected movements of Georges Bizet’s Jeux d’Enfants (Children’s Games), Fantasie in F Minor by Franz Schubert and Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose) by Maurice Ravel. No admission; the free will offering supports the concert series.

A Traditional Christmas Concert – Grace Church Musicians

On Sunday, December 15th at 4:oo p.m., Grace Church’s musicians, led by Minister of Music Chris Schroeder, will present Advent and Christmas selections from several countries and in a variety of styles. Our own Chancel, Youth, Bell and Children’s Choirs, along with organ, flute, and trumpet, will prepare the way for Christmas for you in a most beautiful way. The audience will join in the beloved carols of the season, with cookies and cocoa at the parsonage to follow. We welcome all!

Handel Choir of Baltimore Sings Messiah

Handel Choir of Baltimore is a critically acclaimed choral ensemble that presents yearly performances of Handel’s Messiah with the Handel Period Instrument Orchestra, as well as other major choral and choral-orchestral works. We welcome them back to Grace Church on Saturday, December 15, 7:30 p.m. They are conducted by Brian Bartoldus, Artistic Director.

While the Choir remains committed to performing in a variety of earlier styles and genres, the organization performs 19th to 21st century music as well. Repertoire has included music of Fauré, Bernstein, Poulenc, Lauridsen, Duruflé and Berlioz. Handel Choir commissioned Requiem for the Fallen by Jonathan Leshnoff and The Song of the Shulamite by Donald McCullough.

Purchase tickets here or at the door. Celebrate the season’s finest music at Grace!

New Wave Singers Sounds of the Season

Our Music at Grace Concert Series continues with Sounds of the Season by the New Wave Singers of Baltimore, Maryland’s premier GLBTS mixed chorus, making music that matters. Grace Church’s Minister of Music, Chris Schroeder, is the keyboard accompanist for the group, and they are directed by Timothy E. Gillham, Artistic Director.

Through songs of hope, diversity, inclusion, and humor, New Wave Singers celebrate all of humanity in its infinite variations and challenge our communities to embrace equality, harmony, and understanding. Their concert will be a wonderful addition to your Advent and Christmas season.

Online presale price is $18 for adults OR for $20 at the door the day of the concert.  Children 17 and under are free.  Plan to come and enjoy!

Baltimore Symphony Chamber Concert

We’re so fortunate to host this exceptional chamber music concert from Baltimore Symphony Orchestra players on Sunday, Dec 1 at 3:00 pm. Percussionist Brian Prechtl has written musical settings of several of Walt Whitman’s poems in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the birth of this beloved American poet. Brian, along with Colin Sorgi, viola; Darius Skoraczewski, cello and Michael Sheppard, piano, will perform “A Child Said – What is Grass?” with WBJC’s Judith Krummeck as narrator, along with other classical selections by Brahms, Dvorak, Chopin and others.

The free will offering benefits the Musicians of the Baltimore Symphony LTD, which helps the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra players during times of lockouts, strikes and negotiations. We welcome all to attend and enjoy!