Friday, April 15, 2011

Archie Thompson’s Gospel/Jazz Musical Revue

San Diego Jazz musician Archie Thompson will head a cadre of local jazz musicians in an evening of celebration, joy, and worship!
This event is part of a new Saturday evening worship experience called Jazz Vespers. We are very excited about this new venture at FPC and have three introductory presentations set for 5:00 PM on April 16, May 14 and June 11.

Date: April 16, 2011
Time: 5:00 PM

About FPC Arts

A mission of the First Presbyterian Church of San Diego is the promotion of excellence in the arts. The location, history, habits, and values of the congregation point toward a calling to encourage the flourishing of the arts among our members and within our city - the performing arts, not least music, and other arts taught to children, promoted among the young, called forth from all; connecting to the professional musicians of the city and churches of the city; hosting a strong variety of events that invite all to appreciate the creative gifts of God given to humanity – all for the sake of humanity flourishing. The resources of the congregation – our location, 1500 seat sanctuary and more intimate chapel, the organ, the professional musicians on staff and within the membership – are to be directed to invite artists, and thus the arts, to excel within church and city.
First Presbyterian Church has a long tradition of leading the community in sacred music.
Besides classical instrumental and choral music, the church also offers worship in contemporary and jazz genres. The 1200-seat sanctuary has hosted a variety of musical artists and concerts.
The vocal programs are rich in breadth and depth. The Westminster choir has presented works by contemporary composers such as John Rutter and Joseph Martin, and many works by the giants in sacred music – Bach, Handel, etc. Through the past 50 years the choirs have been led by only 3 directors – Keith Whitlock, Myron Tweed, and Harold Lutz.
For decades, the Casavant Frares organ has been one of the finest instruments on the West Coast. In addition to supporting worship on Sunday mornings, the instrument is featured in concerts, supports powerful choral productions, and has been used for organ workshops and seminars.
The current organist is Jan Feher, who has been playing (in various churches) since she was nine years old. Previous organists at the church include: Tom Leonard, Bob Plimpton, Jet Turner, and Virginia Cox.

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