UPCOMING MUSIC EVENTS AT VILLAGE CHURCH
You are invited to a fantastic year of concerts and worship services at Village Church!
This year Village Church and the music community celebrate the lasting gifts of the late Mark Ball, director of music from 2001-2016. Through Second Thursday Recitals, frequent beneficiary concerts, the Village Arts Alliance and Sunday morning services, Mark's passion for music and people remains an essential part of the fabric of Village Church.
Most of our concerts are free and family friendly, and many offer complimentary child care. To make your child care reservation, contact Marjean Lindquist at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-671-2322 at least one week prior to the concert.
Please note: All Village Church main concerts will also be live streamed on our website live broadcast page.
VILLAGE CHURCH MAIN CONCERTS
“Let My Love Be Heard”: A Concert for Community
3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 - Village on Mission Sanctuary
Featuring the choirs of Village Church on Mission and Village Church on Antioch with string quintet. The program includes "To the Hands" by Caroline Shaw, "The Spaces Between Us" by Larry Nickel, "The Old Church" by Stephen Paulus, "For Everyone Born" by Tom Trenney and "Let My Love Be Heard" by Jake Runestad. Admission is free. A retiring offering will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City, celebrating 40 years.
19th Annual Tidings of Joy – Our Celebration of Christmas – a Kansas City favorite
3 & 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 - Village on Mission Sanctuary
Admission is free. A retiring offering will benefit Grace United Community Ministries, serving educational needs of children from multicultural families in Northeast Kansas City.
“Light Eternal” Dedicated to Mark Ball
3 p.m. Sunday, March 29 - Village Church on Sanctuary
Featuring music of Philip Glass and James Bingham, with soloists Gwen Coleman Detweiler, soprano, Ron Witzke, baritone and Destiny Ann Mermagen, violin. Admission is free. A retiring offering will benefit Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM), celebrating its 50th anniversary of ministry.
SECOND THURSDAY RECITAL SERIES
At 12:15 p.m. the second Thursday of every month, a 30-minute musical program is offered in the Chapel or the Sanctuary at Village Church on MIssion. The performance is free and open to the community. Join us for a reception following each recital to enjoy refreshments and meet the performers!
Guest artists are:
Thursday, Oct. 10 - Michael Emmerich, organ
Thursday, Nov. 14 - Beau Bledsoe, guitar and Coleen Dieker, violin
Thursday, Dec. 12 - Mark Lowrey, jazz piano
Thursday, Jan. 9 - Jonathan Pilkington, tenor
Thursday, Feb. 13 - Jane Christison, accordion
Thursday, March 12 - Kayleigh Aytes, soprano
Thursday, April 9 - David Pickering, organ
Thursday, May 14 – Sora Park, piano
VILLAGE ARTS ALLIANCE & SPECIAL GUEST CONCERTS
The Village Arts Alliance exists to support and promote the performing arts in our community by providing support for not-for-profit musical ensembles. Resident ensembles are Te Deum Chamber Ensemble, The Kansas City Baroque Consortium and The Kansas City Wind Symphony.
Organist Jean-Baptiste Robin
7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 - Village on Mission Sanctuary
Jean-Baptiste Robin, organist of the Royal Chapel at the Palace of Versailles in France, will play a wonderful organ recital on Village Church on Mission's Richards & Fowkes instrument. This concert is free and will feature music that spans the ages, including one of his own pieces.
Kansas City Wind Symphony Concert
7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 - Village on Mission Sanctuary
The program will feature works by Bernstein and Verdi and will feature guest conductor James Barnes conducting his own piece “Malaguena.” This free concert will conclude with Holst’s masterwork “First Suite in E-Flat.”
Te Deum - Be a Blessing
3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 - Village on Mission Sanctuary
Te Deum launches its 12th season with “Be a Blessing.” The Beatitudes, seven verses from the Book of Matthew, are repeatedly quoted to speak truth and offer hope to Christians. “Be a Blessing” pairs a Beatitude with a non-biblical text that illuminates the humanistic values of the scripture, inspiring listeners to be generous and caring citizens, regardless of faith background. Te Deum will be joined by pianist Sora Park. Tickets are $15 a person. Get them online. Tickets are $20 at the door.
Kansas City Chorale with Organist Elisa Bickers
7:30-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 – Village on Mission Sanctuary
This concert will pair the Kansas City Chorale singers and conductor Charles Bruffy with the power of the Village Church pipe organ played by Dr. Elisa Bickers. The program includes Mozart’s "Regina Coeli," Faure’s "Requiem," Jean Langlais’ dramatic "Messe Solennelle," and Brahms’ "Geistliches Lied." CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.
Kansas City Wind Symphony Veteran's Day Concert
6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 - Village on Mission Sanctuary
The program includes "The Star Spangled Banner," "American Fanfare" "Farewell to Gray," "God Bless America," "Armed Forces Salute," "Stars and Stripes Forever," "Taps" and more. Admission is free.
French Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky with the Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble
“The Story of Orpheus”
2:30-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 - Village on Mission Sanctuary
Orpheus is one of the most tragic characters in history. When his love tragically dies on their wedding night, he embarks on an epic journey to rescue her from the gates of the underworld. The Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble will unfold this incredible tale using music inspired by the story with the help of countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and soprano Amanda Forsythe. Don’t miss your chance to be swept away by this love story for the ages. Presented by Friends of Chamber Music. Tickets may be purchased at chambermusic.org.
Te Deum - Peace and Joy
7:30-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 - Village on Mission Sanctuary
Te Deum’s second annual Christmas concert highlights the season’s most important themes: peace and joy. It will feature Kansas City composers Ed Frazier Davis and Geoff Wilcken. We will also give special attention to local Kansas City composers. Tickets are $15 a person. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online. Cost is $20 a person at the door.
Kansas City Wind Symphony
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2 - Village on Mission Sanctuary
The program includes “Petite Symphony,” Ecstatic Fanfare,” “The Grace in Being” and “Give Us this Day.” Admission is free.
Landlocked Opera – For the Love of Singing: Celebrating Love Through Song
7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 – Village on Mission Chapel
Kansas City’s newest opera company will feature many voices in a true celebration of love through a wide variety of wonderful songs. Admission is free, with a free-will offering for this organization.
The American Guild of Organists Presents “Around the World in 80 Minutes” with Jeanine and David Jordan
4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 – Village on Mission Sanctuary
This very popular, fast-moving and multimedia concert celebrates the diversity of the music of the world in incredibly creative and unique new ways. Admission is free.
Te Deum – A Spanish Lament
7 p.m. Sunday, March 1 – Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Kansas City, MIssouri
The Lamentations of Jeremiah, somber lessons delivered in the final days of Holy Week, have been set to music by numerous composers over the past centuries, but few resonate with the intensity of the 16th-century Spaniard, Thomás Luis de Victoria. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online. Cost is $20 a person at the door.
The Bach Aria Soloists Present "An Evening with Rodney Marsalis"
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18 - Village on Mission Sanctuary
The Bach Aria Soloists are known for their collaboration and virtuosity, both with each other and their guest artists. This exciting concert will feature trumpeter Rodney Marsalis, along with the Bach Aria Soloists usual suspects: Sarah Tannehill Anderson, Elisa Bickers, Hannah Collins and Elizabeth Suh Lane. Get tickets online or at the door.
Te Deum – Divine
3 p.m. Sunday, April 26 – Village on Mission Sanctuary
Ethereal and powerful works of Russian, Greek and American Orthodox composers will be presented in the context and order of an Orthodox service, showcasing the beauty and depth of their spirituality. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online. Cost is $20 a person at the door.
Kansas City Wind Symphony
7 p.m. Sunday, May 3 - Village on Mission Sanctuary
The program includes “Zing!” “Deep Dish,” “Selections from Chicago,” Homecoming,” “Symphonic Dance No. 3,” “Concerto Grosso,” and “Washington Post March.” Admission is free.
Spire Ensemble Presents "Awakening New Sounds"
3 p.m. Sunday, May 31 – Village on Mission Sanctuary
Kansas City’s own Ben Spalding, director and artistic director of Spire Chamber Ensemble, and organist Jan Kraybill team up with Spires talented singers to present a dynamic new program. Get tickets at spireensemble.org or at the door.
Director of Music Ministry