Some old friends and some new faces will be a part of the 28th Annual Lenten Concert Series at Two Rivers United Methodist Church. The concerts take place at 12:15 p.m. every Wednesday from March 13 through April 17. Every concert is free to the public, and people are welcome to bring a lunch and sit in the café-style seating in the sanctuary.
A wide variety of musical styles will be represented. Musical institutions from across the Quad Cities play a large role in the concert series, including artists from the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, the River Music Experience, and Blackhawk College.
The series opens on March 13 as artists from the River Music Experience will be making their fifth appearance at the concert series. Bret Dale and Friends of RME will play blues, folk, and early rock music, bringing an energy and sense of fun to start the series.
Aubrey Barnes is a well-established spoken word poet and author. His collection of poetry, “Unfin-“ was published in December 2018. He has been a regular guest at Two Rivers Church’s poetry nights. Local artist Isaiah Williams’ work will be on exhibit and for sale at the concert.
On March 27, Director Curtis Fischer-Oeschlaeger will bring the Rockridge High School Show Choirs and Madrigal Choir to the concert series. Rockridge High School boasts a four-time state championship music program, and will bring a lively show that will fill the sanctuary with dancing, color, and song.
Mark Zyla is the principal French horn for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. His concert will be on April 3, showing off the versatility of this beautiful instrument with classical works.
On April 10, longtime Lenten Concert Series performers, and local jazz legends Edgar Crocket and David Holcomb will get the audience’s toes tapping with American jazz classics. This piano and trumpet duo will share jazz with a fun twist that only Edgar and David can bring.
The grand finale of this amazing concert series will be award-winning classical pianist Perry Mears on April 17. Mears is a unique talent, and is known across the country as a sought-after concert artist and chamber musician. His performance will be a beautiful conclusion to a season of amazing music.
Fifteen minutes after each concert, Pastor Robb will lead a Bible Study called “Last Words.” This discussion will include a DVD presentation and discussion inspired by the book “Last Words: From the Cross” by Adam Hamilton.