- 9 and 10:45am, 5pm
I'm excited to welcome you to our special anniversary season full of inspiring concert events! Thirty years ago, Central established a legacy for future generations by commissioning a new pipe organ and founding this concert series, a vision which endures to this day at the intersection of faith and the arts. This 30th anniversary season celebrates that heritage while looking to the future with recitals featuring the organ and the piano, a concert of worship and workshop event in collaboration with Central West End Church, and performances of Handel's iconic masterwork, Messiah!
Our concerts are for our community and are free to the public. I invite you to come and encourage you to bring your family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors to experience these outstanding performances at the intersection of art and faith.
Soli Deo Gloria,
A. Matthew Mazzoni
Director of Music Ministries
For 30 years, Central's majestic Casavant pipe organ has served our community in worship and concert events. To celebrate this milestone, we welcome Dr. Damuel Metzger. An organist heard regularly around the country presenting engaging concerts, Dr. Metzger is the son of missionaries. A 2-time Fullbright Scholar, he began his career as Senior Organist at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (FL), where weekly services were broadcast to over 200 countries. Dr. Metzger is currently the Director of Music at 2nd Presbyterian Church (Memphis, TN), and is a published composer particularly known for his powerfully uplifting hymn settings. Come join us as we celebrate the anniversary of the "King of Instruments."
“For unto us a child is born; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." Over 250 years ago, composer George Frideric Handel wrote and premiered a new and unique sacred work - the oratorio, Messiah. This iconic work, now a mainstay of classical music, will form the heart of Central's annual Christmas Concert. Central's choirs, orchestra, bells, and brass will perform Part I of Handel's masterwork, along with music and carols, to tell the timeless story that gives all of us a renewed perspective on the Christmas Season.
What does worship look like in today's multicultural world? All are invited as we explore music and worship as an expression to unify us in a culture that can so easily be divided. Featuring St. Louis worship leaders Michelle Higgins (South City Church) and Mary Higgins (Central West End Church), this concert draws us into a deeper conversation through music, regardless of who we are. We also will offer a workshop for musicians and leaders of all kinds seeking to enter the conversation about expressing a more diverse culture in and through worship, and workshop participants will join the experience by singing in the choir for the concert itself! For more information about the workshop specifically, email Matt Mazzoni.
Ain our everyday world, music and the arts are meaningful because they offer us an echo of transcendence. Central's own music director Matthew Mazzoni presents a concert of works that explore this theme, including Liszt's iconic Piano Sonata. A familiar performer to St. Louis audiences, Matthew appears frequently with his wife Jennifer as the award-winning Mazzoni Duo, and he also performs and produces chamber music concerts as part of St. Louis Cathedral Concerts in addition to his role leading the ministry at Central. This concert is presented as a benefit for Central's Concert Series to lead the way for the vision of music and the arts in the years ahead.
Hearing the impactful words and music of Handel's Messiah can leave us changed. In this concert, Central's Chancel Choir and orchestra present the conclusion of this masterwork, singing the story of sacrifice and promised redemption. Though Parts II and III are heard in their entirety less frequently than Part I, these concluding chapters contain some of Handel's most dramatic and memorable music, including And We Like Sheep, The Trumpet Shall Sound, and the incomparable Hallelujah Chorus. Come and be moved by this sacred story as Easter approaches.