Central Concert Series

"The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork."

These words from Psalm 19 invite our imaginations to see beauty in the created world around us and to interpret that beauty as a reflection of the divine Creator. Great works of art challenge our perceptions of a broken world, ultimately “lifting the veil” from our everyday experiences so that we might be inspired to envision the world as it was meant to be.

This year marks the 35th Concert Season at Central, and our season features two of music’s greatest masterpieces, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Handel’s Messiah. In addition to these two pillars, we will hear brilliant works of chamber music, old and new, that reflect the beauty in the created world around us.gives witness to God’s hand moving in the world around us. We invite you, your family, and anyone in your reach to come and enjoy these events, that all may experience afresh the hope for what God the Almighty will do.

Our concerts are also meant to be shared blessings to our community. We invite you, your family, and anyone in your reach to come and experience these concerts, that all may experience a refreshed vision of redemption and hope.

Grace and Peace,

A. Matthew Mazzoni

Director of Music Ministry
Central Presbyterian Church

The Central Concert Series exists at the intersection of faith and the arts and is supported solely by donations. Empower the arts by making a contribution at any time to Central Presbyterian Church c/o Concert Series.

Upcoming Events

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W. Mark Akin, guitar

Friday | October 27 | 7:30pm

The classical guitar is an intimately expressive instrument that can capture the voice of cultures from across the world. W. Mark Akin is an award-winning guitarist, educator, and host of the radio program “Inside Classical Guitar,” and his warm and engaging concert performance will take you on a cultural adventure through music. Flutist Jennifer Mazzoni will also be performing with Mark as part of this event. Learn more...


Christmas at Central featuring Handel’s Messiah

Friday | December 15 | 7:30pm

“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 Frederic Handel set these words in a new and unique sacred work – the oratorio Messiah. This iconic work has resounded its message as a mainstay of concert music, and 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 us all a renewed perspective on the Christmas season.  Learn more...


Ariel Concert Series Players

Sunday | February 11 | 3pm

The Ariel Concert Series Players return to share their mission of purposely sharing the beauty of classical music to the Saint Louis community as a redemptive counterpoint to a stressful world. Exciting trios for flute, violin, and piano by Ibert and Rota, and Brahms’ brilliant Piano Quartet in G-minor will be performed by members of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, joined by Central’s Matthew and Jennifer Mazzoni. Learn more...


David Kim performs Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons

Wednesday | March 20 | 7pm

We welcome back internationally acclaimed violinist David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra for a special performance of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. One of the most famous works of instrumental music, The Four Seasons explores the full expressiveness of the violin to depict scenes of nature, beauty, and life. Performed with David Kim’s captivating lyricism and dazzling virtuosity, this special concert is not to be missed. Learn more...



My Redeemer Lives featuring Handel’s Messiah

Friday | May 3 | 7:30pm

When we listen to the words and music of Handel’s Messiah, we immerse ourselves in the dramatic account of God’s redemption. Central’s Chancel Choir and orchestra will present the conclusion of this masterwork, illuminating Christ’s sacrifice and ultimate victory. Within Parts II and III are contained some of Handel’s most dramatic and memorable music, including All We Like Sheep, The Trumpet Shall Sound, and the incomparable Hallelujah Chorus. Come and let this sacred story move your soul as it resounds its message of hope through the season of Easter. Learn more...