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The First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa 4 O' Clocks Free Concert Series begins on Sunday, December 18 with “Christmas at First Church.” The program (and all in the series) will start at 4:00 p.m. in the Nave of First Congregational Church, 1511 Church Street, in Wauwatosa. There is no admission fee for the concert, but donations are gladly accepted.
“Christmas at First Church” features the Choir of First Church and Jubilation Ringers, Dr. Patrick Dill director; the Junior Choir led by Roxanne Trump-Miles; and Rhonda Kwiecien at the 41 rank M.P. Möller organ and Steinway concert grand. These groups, and solo presentations by Kimberly Porter, soprano; Jillian Bruss, alto; Scott DeKok, tenor and Dale Porter, bass, bring joy to the season in the festively decorated Nave.
The Brusubardis Quartet is comprised of siblings Arianna, Daniella, Sonora, and Viktor Brusubardis. Their program consists of Mozart's Divertimento in D major, K. 136; Beethoven's String Quartet No. 4, Op. 18; and the String Quartet No.1, Op. 12 of Felix Mendelssohn. They have enjoyed making music together from very young ages and have presented programs for the Milwaukee and Chicago Latvian communities, Waukesha Choral Union, and Southminster Presbyterian Church. The quartet has had many chamber music opportunities in the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO), with outstanding professional coaches.
Stanislav, “Stas,” Venglevski will thrill the audience with “Accordion Pyrotechnics!” in a cabaret setting in the First Church Social Hall. The program features selections by Domenico Scarlatti, Vladislav Zolotaryov, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Ottokar Nováček, and others. Tatyana Krasnobaeva on dulcimer will also perform. Stas has toured as a soloist throughout the former Soviet Union, Canada, Europe, and the United States, including numerous performances with Doc Severinsen, Steve Allen and Garrison Keillor.
Milwaukee Chamber Choir’s “American Voices” performance features the music of our country’s homegrown composers, from its founding days up to the 21st century, as well as beloved hymns and folksongs. Included are works by William Billings, Samuel Barber, Stephen Paulus, and Charles Ives. Organist Christopher Berry will also be performing. Founded by J. Mark Baker in the autumn of 2013 to sing a concert celebrating the 100th birthday of Benjamin Britten, MCC has continued to present two concerts per season. The Choir is comprised of 18–24 professional-level singers, all of whom volunteer their time and talents to the ensemble.
Rev. William S. Trump, Senior Minister, said, "For more than a decade, First Congregational Church has presented the 4 O’ Clocks Free Concert Series. These free musical presentations are another important way we reach out to our community. Music is a unifying language that can bring diverse cultures together. We hope you visit us for these performances."
The concerts are FREE but donations are gladly accepted in a free will offering after each performance. Donations are accepted the day of the concert and now made online as well.