2016 - 2017 Fountain Music Series Calendar

  • The Sixteenth Annual FALL FESTIVAL OF MUSIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friday, October 28, 2016, 7:30p
      Concert Organist, Mary Pan, will return, and be joined by a brass sextet from the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, and FCC's Concert Choir and Celebration Ringers, Edwin R. Taylor, conductor, in a totally re-designed format for this annual dynamic and unique Festival.

  • JONATHAN RYAN, organ virtuoso . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sunday, November 16, 2016, 4:00p
      Internationally-renowned, award-winning, and blazingly-gifted young performing and recording artist, Jonathan Ryan, will put FCC's 2,688 Wicks-Buchanan pipe organ through some hefty paces. Something truly scintillating and phenomenal to witness!.

  • The ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT . . . . . . . . . . .Friday, December 16, 2016, 7:30p
      FCC's Concert Choir, Soloists, and professional Baroque orchestra, Edwin R. Taylor, conductor, will perform the second cantata (of the six cantatas) in Johann Sebastian Bach's Weihnachts Oratorium ("Christmas Oratorio"), and will be joined by the Celebration Ringers and audience participation in this ever-popular concert.

  • THE SPERRY SISTERS . . . . . . . . . . . Sunday, January 29, 2017, 4:00p
      Faith Sperry Ferry, and her sisters, Rachel Langdon, Elizabeth Brown, and Christine Sperry, join together-just like they have so many times since childhood-to sing and harmonize and gift concert-goers with their Christian message in song. Those selections not sung a cappella will be accompanied by the husband of one of the sisters.

  • TECSO . . . . . . . . . Sunday, February 26, 2017, 4:00p
      The four trombones of The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra will perform a remarkable and entertaining program of music composed for, or specifically arranged for, four trombones. The indescribably effervescent and sonorous sound of four trombones in simultaneity must be heard to be believed. Don't miss yet another Fountain Music Series 'first'.

  • THE FONTENAY CHAMBER PLAYERS return . . . . . . . . . . . . Sunday, March 26, 2017, 4:00p
      The Fontenay Chamber Players, named for a French town with a connection to the composer, Maurice Ravel (whose luminous Introduction and Allegro is the group's inspiration), was chosen for the artist roster of the Connecticut Commission on Arts and Tourism. Welcome back to the FMS this heavenly ensemble of flute, harp, clarinet, cello, viola, and two violins.

  • THE ANNUAL SPRING CONCERT . . . . . . . . Sunday, April 30, 2017, 4:00p
      FCC's Chancel and Concert Choir will perform a concert of choral music of all style periods, from Renaissance to Baroque, from Classical to Romantic, from Contemporary to Gospel, from accompanied to a cappella, from spirituals to folk songs. The concert will be conducted by Edwin R. Taylor, and accompanied by WCSU's Andrew Gordon.
  • THE FOURTH ANNUAL WCSU/FCC STUDENT INTERNS RECITAL . . . . . . . . Sunday, May 21, 2017, 7:00p
      FCC's four Western Connecticut State University interns will perform operatic arias, art songs, sacred songs and arias, and other popular fare…some which are part of their WCSU requirements…others which are FCC 'requirements'. ..in satisfaction of the ongoing WCSU/FCC Student Internship Pro-gram, as well as our church family and concert-going audience.
  • THE PATRIOTIC CONCERT . . . . . . . . Friday, June 2, 2017, 7:30p
      The 2016-2017 season comes to an incomparable and spectacular close in an evening of sonic fireworks as FCC's Concert Choir, Celebration Ringers, Soloists, full Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Organ, and Edwin R. Taylor, conductor, present a roof-raising patriotic salute! Highlighting the evening will be Copland's Lincoln Portrait (Charles Hambrick-Stowe, narrator), along with stirring settings of "The Star-Spangled Banner", "The Battle Hymn Of The Republic", "God Bless America", "America The Beautiful", and other exciting fare by Copland, Bernstein, and John Philip Sousa. Wear your red, white, and blue to THE PATRIOTIC CONCERT, as we pay tribute to those whose service and sacrifice have made it possible for us to savor such privileges as worship and attending concerts! Bring your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and co-workers, as well as your vocal chords-but, whatever you do, come early for best seats-to this rousing season finale!

The First Congregational Church
103 Main St.
Ridgefield, CT 06877

For further information regarding the Fountain Music Series, please e-mail the Music Ministry at music@firstcongregational.com