December 19th, 2021, 4 PM
A Candlelight Festival of Lessons and Carols
Our traditional holiday festival is the perfect way to begin The Music Series season! This year will be even more special as we begin to gather together again. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without the festive music and words of scripture filling the church and pouring into the streets of New Britain. The South Church Chancel Choir under the direction of our new Director of Music, Frank Zilinyi, will imbue the evening with reflection, joy, and hope as we celebrate this most wonderful season.
January 30th, 2022, 4 PM
Nathaniel Gumbs, organist
Snow Date: February 6th, 2022, 4 PM
Nathaniel Gumbs, organist, has excited and delighted audiences throughout the United States and abroad and this season he will perform here in South Church. Mr. Gumbs currently serves as Director of Chapel Music at Yale University and is a stunning example of the masterful artistry that can be found right here in Connecticut. Ring in the New Year with Nathaniel’s superb playing and The Music Series!
March 20th, 2022, 4 PM
Kara Quartet is a dynamic new string ensemble consisting of Connecticut’s finest musicians. Founded in 2017, they created their own concert series and performed to delighted audiences. In 2018, Kara made their Hartford debut at Infinity Hall. After a year of cancelled performances, the members are overjoyed to be playing together again and we are certainly thrilled to have them making their debut with The Music Series. Kara Quartet is a Connecticut gem you won’t want to miss!
May 15th, 2022, 4 PM
Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center Professional Ensemble
The Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center preserves, teaches, and promotes various styles of Japanese contemporary and traditional music, with a focus on the shinobue bamboo flutes and Japanese percussion, including the taiko drum. Their mission includes fostering a community of practitioners, scholars and admirers of Japanese performing arts. The members of the Kaoru Watanabe Professional Ensemble represent the best of this incredible art form and they share their excellence with the students in the Wesleyan University Taiko Ensemble. The knowledge and passion they manifest in the school community is of great benefit to the state of Connecticut and The Music Series is honored to host them and the inspiring sounds of the taiko drums.