2017 - 2018 Fountain Music Series Calendar

  • Seventeenth Annual FALL FESTIVAL OF MUSIC . . Friday, October 27, 2017, 7:30p
      This year's Fall Festival of Music-a glorious hymn-sing-will be a new-from-the-ground-up event featuring the many sounds of FCC's Music Ministry: the Chancel/Concert Choirs, five-octave Celebration Ringers, multi-faceted Worship Band, teen-age concert pianist, children's choirs, Western Connecticut State University student Interns, audience participation, and organ, Edwin R Taylor, conductor. Come listen, sing, and worship through this engaging music.

  • ROY EATON, Classical, Ragtime, and Jazz Pianist . . Sunday, November 19, 2017, 4:00p
      From his first Carnegie Hall performance in 1937, his 30-year advertising career 'interruption', to his return to concertizing in 1986 at Alice Tully Hall, the 83-year-old Roy Eaton 'specializes' in the music of Frederic Chopin and Bach (classical), Scott Joplin (ragtime), and Bill Evans (jazz). His newest CD, "I Play For Peace," is stunning.

  • Annual CHRISTMAS CONCERT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Friday, December 15, 2017, 7:30p
      The FCC Concert Choir, WCSU Interns, and a stunning baroque orchestra, harpsichord, and organ, Edwin R. Taylor, conductor, will perform the spine-tingling third cantata of the six-cantata-strong Weihnachts-Oratorium ("Christmas Oratorio") by Johann Sebastian Bach. In the last tw"o Christmas Concerts, the same forces performed the first and second cantatas respectively. The concert will include a performance Bach's energetic Orchestral Suite #3 (from which we know the famous "Air on the G-String"). Three baroque piccolo trumpets, timpani, professional orchestra, FCC's Concert Choir, five-octave Celebration Ringers, and a host of Christmas carols arranged for choir, orchestra, and audience participation will highlight this always-popular concert. Come early for seats; leave with a song in your heart.

  • STEPHEN NEILSON, internationally-renowned concert pianist . . . Sunday, January 28, 2018, 4:00p
      The Fountain Music Series has arranged to bring the sparkling Christian classical artist, composer/arranger, and concert pianist, Stephen Neilson, to Ridgefield. The Neilson 'half of the former Duo Concert Artists, "Neilson and Young" (prior to Ovid Young's untimely death in 2014)1 Stephen brings a depth of music, artistry, passion, and personality to every performance. The piano truly 'talks' through his fingers. Welcome the incomparable Stephen Neilson to his Fountain Music Series debut.

  • Warren Martin's THE TRUE STORY OF CINDERELLA returns! . . . . . Sunday, February 25, 2018, 4:00p
      Brilliant! Inimitable! Hilarious! Endearing! The Fountain Music Series-in presenting once again the region's exclusive performance of Warren Martin's unique, The True Story of Cinderella (for twelve star-studded soloists, narrator, and chimeur)-will leave the audience thoroughly sated artistically and thoroughly undone with laughter. The True Story of Cinderella this go-around, Edwin R. Taylor, pianist/director, will be co-sponsored by the Fairfield Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, from whence will come several of the soloists. Come hear some new soloists, some familiar favorites, and go home humming the work's main theme!

  • Uncanny Keyboard Fireworks! with CLAYTON FARMER and AARON TAN, duo organists/pianists . Sunday, March 18, 2018, 4:00p
      High school senior, Clayton Farmer (uncannily-gifted nephew of Music Director, Edwin R. Taylor), and Aaron Tan, may inadvertently (or even advertently) dislodge audience jaws as they perform mesmerizing feats on the organ and piano. Some of their repertoire was actually written for two keyboard instruments; others are transcriptions of complex orchestral literature arranged by them. Little do our Wicks-Buchanan Organ and Kawai and Yamaha pianos know what is in store for them this afternoon!

  • Annual SPRING CHORAL CONCERT . . . . . . . . . . . . Sunday, April 29, 2018, 4:00p
      Some of the most exciting and sublime examples of familiar and new choral music will be performed by FCC's Concert Choir and Soloists, Edwin R. Taylor, conductor. Choral music sampling a five-hundred-year heritage, by such com­posers as George Friedrich Handel, Felix Mendelssohn, Edgar Bainton, Charles Villiers Stanford, John Gardner, and the late Stephen Paulus will be performed.
  • Fifth Annual WESTCONN/FCC STUDENT INTERNS RECITAL . . . . . . . . Sunday, May 20, 2018, 7:30p
      The fifth annual Western Connecticut State University's Student Interns Recital, Andrew Gordon, accompanist, will feature our four interns in a program of dazzling operatic arias, intimate art songs and folks songs, treasured sacred arias, and other popular fare ... several of which are part of their WCSU degree requirements ... others which are challenges given them by FCC's Music Ministry.
  • FCC's WORSHIP BAND in concert . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friday, June 3, 2018, 4:00p
      The season began uniquely, and the season will end uniquely ... when FCC's artistic, original, and multi-styled Worship Band presents an outdoor picnic on the grounds followed by a musical performance in the Sanctuary. Come and enjoy a meal for s??, then step into the Sanctuary at 4:oop for some of the best in Contemporary Christian music. You'll hear favorites along with the new, all enwrapped in a sound that has been enriching the wider Ridgefield community in recent years. Sing along as FCC's Worship Band blesses your life this Spring.

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