2023 Concert Series 2023-03-14T11:24:27-04:00

2023 Concert Series

  Following the successful format of our 2022 series, each concert will be presented to the community without charge, with 100% of donations received at the events benefiting First Presby’s mission partners. To help offset the cost of presenting these events, we will be implementing a patron and sponsorship program. For nine concert events in 2023, a total of $43,000 will be needed to fully cover all production costs. If you would like to make a donation to support next year’s concert series, you may write a check payable to First Presbyterian Church, noting “Concert Series” on the memo line. Contact Jayson Keeton at jayson@firstpresby.com for more information or with any questions.

Sunday, January 29 – 4:00pm – Dining Room – Broadway Classics by Jayson Keeton

Sunday, March 5 – 4:00pm – Sanctuary – Reflections on The Beatitudes with Lindsay Marchio

Jayson Keeton, organ

Lindsay Marchio, soprano

Organist Jayson Keeton presents a suite of organ reflections on the blessings of Jesus by Roberta Rowland-Raybold. Also on the program is Franz Liszt’s Organ Mass, as well as Lindsay Marchio singing Josef Rheinberger’s Mass for Solo Voice. 

Sunday, April 2 – 7:00pm – Sanctuary – The Seven Last Words of Christ

Mary Beth Pittman, soprano

Eric Christopher Perry, tenor

Will Prapestis, baritone

The Charleston Civic Chorus

The Charleston Civic Chorus presents The Sevent Last Words of Christ by Theodore Dubois, in the premiere of a new edition with chamber orchestra, commissioned by the chorus.

Friday, May 19 – 7:00pm – Sanctuary – A Night on Broadway

Kate McMillan

Kate Ragan

Eric Christopher Perry

Will Prapestis

Following the success of 2022’s concert of music by Stephen Sondheim, this year’s Broadway concert will feature music from Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and more! Featuring a full orchestra, professional guest soloists, and a chorus, this promises to be an evening you won’t want to miss!

Friday, June 9 – 7:00pm – Sanctuary – Dr. Kristina Rizzoto, Latvian Brazilian organist

Latvian Brazilian organist, Dr. Kristina Rizzotto, received a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Music from East Carolina University, and a Bachelor’s degree from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Currently the Director of Music at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, she presents First Presby’s annual FestivALL organ recital.

Sunday September 24th – 4:00pm – Dining Room – Cabaret Night with Alissa Stahler

Trained at the Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Fredonia, vocalist Alissa Stahler has competed as a finalist on Showtime at the Apollo, has appeared off-Broadway, and has recorded with Graham Russell of Air Supply. Alissa will present an afternoon of standard at First Presby.

Friday, October 13th – 7:13pm – Sanctuary – Chris Dederer presents Spooky Organ Music

Currently the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Grove City, Ohio, Chris Dederer will present a concert of spooky organ music on Friday the 13th! Trained at Westminster Choir College and Towson State University, Chris is a former organist of the Fisk organ at Christ United Methodist Church in Greensboro, NC.

Sunday, November 12 – 6:00pm – Dining Room – Cabaret Night with Mary Beth Pittman

A native of Rocky Mount, NC, Mary Beth Pittman studies at Meredith College. She has been a national finalist in competitions sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and Classical Singers Magazine. She was the winner of the Concerto Aria competition with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra and has studied and performed as a vocalist and conductor in Italy. Mary Beth returns to First Presby to present a cabaret of Braodway favorites.

Sunday, December 10 – 7:00pm – Sanctuary – The O Antiphons

First Presby Director of Music and Organist Jayson Keeton presents a hymn festival based on the ancient O Antiphons. Featuring guest soloists, instrumentalists, and a community choir, join us for a change to experience a tradition that dates back to at least the eighth century.