Our Ministry of Music

FCC's Music Ministry will share it's variety, many faces, outreach, and strengths in the four Sundays of January with the Worship Band leading on January 7, the Men from Pivot Ministries leading on January 14, the Chancel Choir leading on January 21, the Celebration Ringers leading on January 28, and the Fountain Music Series presenting the internationally-renowned concert pianist, Stephen Nielson, on the afternoon of the 28th.

Distinguished in both classical and sacred music, Stephen Nielson is widely regarded as one of the distinctive artists of our time. His concertizing has taken him to such cities as Hong Kong, Bogota, Freiburg, Copenhagen, Berlin, London, Vienna, Brussels, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Prague, Salzburg, Jerusalem and Chennai, India, to name a few. He has toured major artistic centers in Russia, the Baltics, Japan and Switzerland, and is an Ambassador of Culture for the World Cultural Alliance. His North American solo and chamber music itinerary for more than a quarter century numbers concerts in the hundreds, from Los Angeles to Boston, Seattle to Naples, Detroit to Mexico City, Miami to Winnipeg and Toronto, Chicago to Dallas. For more than four decades, Stephen Nielson was one-half of the acclaimed duo-piano team of Nielson & Young, whose breadth of repertoire and performance venues was virtually without comparison. He continues his ongoing solo activities and is embarking on exciting new musical partnerships in the United States and abroad.

I know Stephen Nielson personally, and knew well the other half (Ovid Young) of the duo-piano team of Nielson & Young. Our Chancel Choir sing several of the late Ovid Young's anthems, including his incomparable setting of "God Bless America" for tenor soloist, choir, orchestra, and organ, and I am thrilled that we will finally present (this has been several years in the making) Stephen Nielson in concert!

Edwin R. Taylor, Music Director/Minister of Music