Corey Kilgannon, a singer and songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee, will give a free concert in the sanctuary of Two Rivers United Methodist Church on Friday, February 12 at 7 p.m.
Kilgannon released a set with Daytrotter in July 2015. Daytrotter, formerly in Rock Island, is a popular recording studio, working with up and coming talents and music legends. After hearing one of his songs on Daytrotter, Pastor Robb commented to Corey through twitter. The two connected there, and the idea of a concert was born.
Corey is a part of a growing independent American folk scene. His music, though not explicitly Christian, deals with spiritual elements such as love, loss, faith, and doubt. The stripped-down set will be just him and an acoustic guitar. This is a great chance to meet a rising artist in an intimate setting.
The Silver Season of the Lenten Concert Series is one to remember. Featuring a wide variety of music, these concerts are free to the public. Every Wednesday at noon in Lent, there will be a wonderful display of music and Spirit.
February 17 – Richard Bruxvoort Colligan. Richard appeared at the 2015 Lion and Lamb Festival, and is a regular on Pastor Robb’s Pulpit Fiction Podcast. He is an independent folk singer from Strawberry Point, Iowa who has a deep love for the Psalms.
February 24 – Edgar Crockett and David Holcomb. This jazz duo is well known in the Quad Cities, and are regular guests at Two Rivers Church. They will also be a part of our worship on Sunday, February 7.
March 2 – The River Music Experience featuring Ellis Kell and Bret Dale. With Ellis and Bret on guitar, RME Ambassadors Nick Vasquez on keyboards, and Terry Hanson on drums, this promises to be an exiciting concert. Their set of American roots music will get everyone involved, toe-tapping, and singing along.
March 9 – The Rock Island High School Chamber Singers. Directed by Scott Voight, these young people are a vocal performance group in high demand. They perform a wide variety of choral literature.
March 16 – Theresa Yarger and Ryan Van Wassenhove. Theresa is the organist at First United Methodist Church in Kewanee. Ryan is her student.
March 23 – Marc Zyle and Benjamin Loeb. Marc is the primary French Horn for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Benjamen is a renowned pianist and the Executive Director of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.
Sunday, February 7 will be a special time of worship and celebration. Edgar Crockett and his jazz combo will join us for worship on the last Sunday before Lent. Dr. Crockett is a renowned jazz trumpeter, and he is bringing his friends.
They will lead all of the music, including the worship songs. So bring your beads, your dancing shoes, and be ready for a joyful morning.
Sunday, February 15 promises to be an extraordinary day of worship. The last Sunday before Lent has a long history of being a day of celebration. We will come together with music, dancing, and praise. Renowned jazz trumpeter Edgar Crockett will join us in worship. In addition to the first-class jazz, our new youth dancing ministry, Happy Hearts, will make their worship debut. The combined kids’ and youth choir will also join in the fun. We will also celebrate the commissioning of Jim Prather as a Certified Lay Minister. At the service, Jim will officially become our Minister of Senior Adults.
Two Rivers United Methodist Church and the Center For Living Arts are teaming up for a special 4:00 p.m. Palm Sunday presentation of Stephen Schwartz’s Godspell. The musical, directed by and starring Dino Hayz as Jesus, sets the gospels of Matthew and Luke to music, skits, and heartwarming fun.
The cast of 32 is made up of longtime members of Two Rivers, some new to the Two Rivers family, and veterans of The Center for Living Arts. Tom Vaccaro, a well-known face in the Quad Cities theater community, is a leading player in the show. Pastor Robb McCoy, choir director Mark Swessinger, and children’s choir director Tammy Baugh are all a part of the cast as well.
“You might see another show with more talent. You probably will see another show that is more polished,” said McCoy. “You will not see a show where the cast is having more fun.”
Godspell is not a narrative in the classic sense, and cannot really be described as a passion play. It is an event. It is the coming together of a community of people, right out of the congregation of those gathered. As the community comes together, they plea for salvation with “God Save the People.” They long to see Jesus more clearly, love him more dearly, and follow him more nearly in “Day by Day.” There is bitter sadness as Jesus’ most devoted follower slowly turns on him as he sings “On the Willows.” Finally, in the rocking, driving climax of the story, Jesus is crucified. After his death, silence falls over the sanctuary until it is finally broken by the lone voice proclaiming, “Love Live God.”.
The performance has an added significance because it will be on Palm Sunday. Serving as a great way to start the holiest week of the Christian year, the performance of Godspell will end with an invitation to experience the rest of Two Rivers Church’s Holy Week services, including a service on Thursday at 6:30, a chance for self-guided reflection on Friday from 3-6 p.m., an Easter sunrise service at 6:30, and the full Easter worship service at 9:30 a.m. on April 5.
The Center for Living Arts (centerforlivingarts.org) is located at 2008 4th Avenue in Rock Island. Just a few blocks from Two Rivers, Dino and Tina Hayz produce several children and youth musicals a year. This spring they are currently working on a youth production of West Side Story and a children’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. West Side Story will show at The Center in April. Joseph will show on May 1-2 at The Center, and will be at Two Rivers on May 8-9. More is coming about this growing relationship between Two Rivers United Methodist Church and The Center for Living Arts.
As part of a regional tour, the 32-member Simpson College Chamber Singers from Indianola, Iowa, will present a concert of sacred and secular choral literature at 7:30 PM, on Friday, February 20, at Two Rivers United Methodist Church, Rock Island. The concert is free and open to the public. Under the direction of Dr. Timothy A. McMillin, the Chamber Singers will perform a wide variety of choral pieces, including compositions by Palestrina, Bach, Duruflé, Thompson, Gibbs, Childs, Gjeilo, Walker, and others.
Located in Indianola, Iowa, Simpson College is a private, coeducational liberal arts institution of roughly 1,500 full-time, residential students affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college is recognized nationally for the excellence of its music program. The Chamber Singers is the College’s newest choral ensemble and performs regularly both on and off campus. Upcoming engagements include a performance with the Des Moines Symphony in May 2015.
This concert occurs as part of a 5-day winter tour through the communities in Eastern Iowa and Illinois.