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2022-2023 Season


October 23rd, 2022, 4 PM

Stephen Tharp, organ

Stephen Tharp, hailed as “the organist for the connoisseur" (Journal für die Orgel, Germany) and “the consummate creative artist" (Michael Barone, Pipedreams), is recognized as one of the great concert organists of our age. He has performed concerts around the globe and is much sought after as a champion and interpreter of new organ music. The Music Series is overjoyed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Cooper Memorial Gress-Miles Organ with Mr. Tharp and to enjoy, once again, the beauty and strength of this glorious instrument played by one of the world’s most lauded organists.


December 18th, 2022, 4 PM

A Candlelight Festival of Lessons and Carols

Every year, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols invites the community to gather to celebrate the Christmas season with stunning music and comforting words of scripture. From the moment you are greeted by the sound of carols from the South Church Tower Chimes to the final festive hymn sending you back into the quiet winter night, the music of The South Church Chancel Choir and Director of Music, Frank R. Zilinyi, will create the perfect ambiance for reflection and inspiration.


March 19th, 2023, 4 PM

50 Years Resonating in the Heart of the City

Featuring The South Church Chancel Choir and CONCORA

Since its inception in 1973, The Music Series has enjoyed a wonderful and fruitful connection with CONCORA. To celebrate the past, present, and future of the Series, we are joining forces to present Fauré’s Requiem, and Beatitude Mass: For the Homeless by Henry Mollicone. Members of The South Church Chancel Choir and CONCORA will raise their voices in singing accompanied by chamber orchestra, and conducted by South Church Director of Music Frank R. Zilinyi and Artistic Director of CONCORA, Christopher Shepard. This is a ticketed event. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to organizations that help those in need. 


May 28th, 2023, 4 PM

Harold López-Nussa

There is sure to be dancing in the aisles and in the streets of New Britain when Harold and his band arrive! The music of pianist Harold López-Nussa reflects the full range and richness of his Cuban heritage, with its distinctive combination of classical, folkloric and popular elements. His embrace of jazz improvisation is fresh, exhilarating, and the personification of ritmo. His latest album, 2020’s Te Lo Dije, received a four-star review from DownBeat magazine and peaked at #1 on the Latin North American College & Community (NACC) Radio Chart. We hope you will join us after the concert to enjoy some delicious Cuban fare.


June 14th, 2023, 6 PM

Arias and Ales

This popular event is making its long-awaited return to The Music Series season! Join us for a casual evening of musical theater and operatic favorites at 5 Churches Brewing in the heart of New Britain. Tickets include mouth-watering wood fired pizza and tastings of 5 Churches famous brews to accompany the evening’s performance. 

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