(Centennial, CO) – Good Shepherd Episcopal Church’s Music with a Mission Concert Series is back for another season featuring some of the area’s finest performers in a series of five free concerts which all raise money and awareness for worthy causes. As an outreach project of Good Shepherd, all of the free concerts are paired with a mission organization and a “love offering” is collected with all proceeds going to the cause. You can enjoy top quality, live entertainment right in the heart of Centennial and also come away feeling like you made a difference in your community. In its first two seasons, the series has generated over $20,000 for both local, national and international mission organizations.
The third season kicks off on Friday, October 20th with a classical concert featuring local pianist Dr. Stephen Fiess and the music of two great Classical composers – Frederic Chopin and Franz Liszt – both of whom wrote music that is beloved the world over. Dr. Fiess is well known in the Denver area as a performer, composer, lecturer, and teacher, and will perform several popular Chopin piano works, including the Fantasy-impromptu, the “Minute” Waltz, the “Harp” Etude, and the Grande Polonaise Brilllante. He will also perform some of Liszt’s best-known piano works, including Liebestraum and Hungarian Rhapsody #2. The partnering mission for this concert will be the Jamaica Medical / Dental Mission, which brings doctors, dentists and vital supplies to the poorest regions of Jamaica.
All concerts in the series begin at 7 pm at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and are free of charge. The remainder of the series is as follows:
Advent Lessons & Carols, Friday, December 1, 2017 @ 7 PM
To Benefit: Family Tree - House of Hope
This seasonal concert features beautiful music and readings which will prepare you for the joyful birth of the Christ Child. Advent Lessons & Carols was originally celebrated at King’s College in England many years ago and is still part of many Anglican holiday traditions. The evening will begin with a candlelight procession and will feature the Good Shepherd Choir, liturgists, vocal soloists, bell choir, men’s choir, and instrumentalists with music that will range from chant and traditional anthems, to gospel music and familiar congregational hymns.
Forte Handbell Quartet, Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7 PM
To Benefit: Covenant Cupboard Food Pantry
Based in Colorado Springs, Forté is a nationally recognized, advanced handbell quartet marked by artistry, energy, and dedication to their craft. Formed in 2007, Forté has emerged as a unique performance and educational quartet, quickly developing an elite reputation within the handbell world. They perform a wide variety of styles, including but not limited to Celtic, techno, pop-country, classical, contemporary Christian, and new age, adding original compositions and arrangements to their already-challenging repertoire. They are exciting and entertaining to watch, and you won't believe what four people can do with so many bells.
The Hummin'birds, Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 7 PM
To Benefit: Heifer International
The Hummin’Birds draw their inspiration from early masters in American music styles, including Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, the Louvin Brothers, Bob Wills, Doc Watson, Cindy Walker, Les Paul & Mary Ford… and the list goes on! They deliver an easygoing performance, mixing old time Appalachian tunes with country, bluegrass, gospel, swing and original songs. Their clean vocal harmonies and playful instrumentation have delighted audiences over many years. Cami and Mike will be joined by their daughter Claire on the fiddle for this enjoyable evening.
Juice O' The Barley, Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 7 PM
To Benefit NAMI (National Alliance On Mental Illness)
Over the years, Juice O'The Barley has established itself as one of the most sought after purveyors of Irish pub music in Colorado. Taking its name from a well-known--and much consumed--Irish beverage, THE JUICE performs contemporary versions of pub classics, as well as music from the current Irish folk and pop scene. They can be found playing at local pubs and at major Irish and Celtic festivals throughout Colorado. The Juice is not your mother's typical Irish folk group. They play their music in a style that can only be described as "Irish music with an attitude."
To find out more about Good Shepherd’s Music with a Mission Concert Series, check out their website at www.gshep.org.