Presenting Great concerts of classical, jazz, sacred and contemporary music 

DIANE SCHUUR QUARTET
SUNDAY / JUNE 4, 2017 @ 3 PM

Location: First United Methodist Church


Grammy® Award-winning vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur—known as “The First Lady of Jazz”—inspires rave reviews around the globe for her performances.  Her musical collaborators have included Barry Manilow, B.B. King, The Count Basie Orchestra, Ray Charles, and Jose Feliciano, among countless others.  Long regarded as one of Contemporary Jazz's leading vocalists she was born blind from birth in Tacoma in 1953—but was gifted with perfect pitch and initially taught herself piano by ear.  She later received formal piano training at The Washington State School for the Blind.  Prior to the concert - students from Battleground High School Jazz Ensemble will also perform!  Join us for our Season Finale for what is sure to be a SWINGING concert!

SEATING: 

  • SERIES tickets seating is located in the RED SECTION.  
  • Single Tickets are General Admission, located in the GREEN SECTION.  


NOTE: All Concerts are subject to change, including venue locations and concert repertoire.  After tickets are purchased, there are no refunds, no exchanges, no rain checks.

SILENT MOVIE / LIVE ORCHESTRA

SUNDAY / MAY 7, 2017 @ 3 PM

Charlie Chaplin: "The Rink" (1916)

Buster Keaton: “Cops” (1922)

Location: First United Methodist Church

How cool is this concert? A classic Silent Film with LIVE orchestra! This is GREAT FUN for adults and kids of all ages. The concert features two classic silent films: Buster Keaton’s 1922 film Cops and Charlie Chaplin's 1916 film The Rink. Live music performed by our Northwest Chamber Orchestra and led by Conductor Michael Kissinger accompanies the films. Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin were two of the biggest films stars of the silent era, and these groundbreaking comedies set the standard of comic films for decades. Enjoy Hot Dogs and Popcorn at intermission! Kids age 18 and younger are FREE with a paid adult.  Seating is limited - get tickets now!

Don't miss our final concert of the season:

Sunday, June 4 @ 3 PM

Diane Schuur Quartet

CONCERT LOCATION:

First United Methodist Church

401 E. 33rd StreetVancouver, WA 98663

​Telephone: 360-693-5881

Map & Directions: www.vanfumc.org

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MESSIAH – BY GEORGE F. HANDEL
SUNDAY / DEC 4, 2016 @ 3 PM
Bravo! Chorale, Northwest Chamber Orchestra & Soloists
Location: First United Methodist Church


Our 24th concert begins with our annual performance of MESSIAH featuring the 50-voice Bravo! Chorale, Northwest Chamber Orchestra and Conductor Dr. Maria Manzo.  More than 270 years after its premiere, George Frederic Handel’s MESSIAH remains one of the most popular pieces of music throughout the world.  Handel composed the music in a mere 24 days – a musical accomplishment many consider nothing short of a miracle.  For some, MESSIAH is pure entertainment, while for others it is “The Greatest Story Ever Told.”  With its recognizable and familiar melodies and the iconic Hallelujah Chorus, one thing is certain — MESSIAH continues to have widespread musical appeal for audiences and musicians alike.  It’s the perfect way to celebrate the Advent and Christmas Seasons!​

A LIGHT IN THE WILDERNESS

SUNDAY / FEB 19, 2017 @ 3 PM

The Music of Dave Brubeck

Dan Brubeck Quartet & Bravo! Chorale

Location: First United Methodist Church


The legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck is loved for his renditions of Blue Rondo a la Turk, Take Five, In Your Own Sweet Way, and other jazz standards.  Brubeck was also a highly regarded composer of sacred jazz and choral music such as: A Light in the Wilderness; To Hope: A Celebration; The Gates of Justice; and Beloved Son.  This music blends his classical training, jazz rhythms, and improvisational skills—and was inspired by his Christian faith.  Our concert features selections from Dave Brubeck’s best sacred songs, performed by the Bravo! Northwest Chorale and the Dan Brubeck Jazz Quartet.  It’s a concert of music that is uniquely Brubeck!

PEACE FOR A TROUBLED WORLD

SUNDAY / APRIL 2, 2017 @ 3 PM
Ernest Bloch: Sacred Service

Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time
Guest Artists & Bravo! Chorale

Location: First United Methodist Church

The American Jewish composer Ernest Bloch lived in the Pacific Northwest and made Agate Beach, Oregon his home. Composed for Choir, Soloist and Orchestra, Bloch’s Sacred Service (1933) is based upon the Jewish Sabbath morning service—and portrays the Jewish prayers in a lush, Romantic style.  In contrast, Oliver Messiaen’s dramatic Quartet for the End of Time (1941) for piano, clarinet, violin & cello was inspired by the Book of Revelation and his Catholic faith.  It was premiered during WWII at a German POW camp, performed by Messiaen and his fellow prisoners.  This is music inspired by two faiths with a common theme — peace for a troubled world.  You won’t want to miss this inspiring and unique multi-media concert.

CLASSICAL MEETS JAZZ
SUNDAY / JAN 15, 2017 @ 3 PM
String Quartet, Piano, Clarinet & 
Jazz Quartet
Location: First United Methodist Church


This concert blends our classical and jazz musicians for a fun and entertaining concert.  The Quintet for Piano and String Quartet (1940) by Dmitri Shostakovich was immediately popular among Russian audiences, and offered a glimmer of beauty and hope during a troubled time.  Max Bruch’s Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano (1909) is lush and cinematic in style.  Johannes Brahms Clarinet Quintet for Clarinet & Strings (1891) is one of the most hauntingly beautiful pieces of 19th century romantic music.  ALSO on the program — Michael Kissinger’s Jazz Quartet and our classical musicians will perform jazz and blues, along with a ‘grand finale’ you won’t want to miss.