PLYMOUTH MUSIC SERIES
Virtuosic Vocals | The Principal Artists of Heartland Sings
November 5, 2023
Plymouth Music Series Performances
Sunday, December 3, 2023 – 4:00 pm
FELIZ NAVIDAD | A CHRISTMAS CONCERT BY CANTO DE CORAZÓN
Collaboratively created by Plymouth Church, Renaissance YMCA and Heartland Sings, this choir sings exclusively in Spanish, providing a unique opportunity for diversity and inclusion in our community. Directed by Dr. Wagner Pastor, their inaugural program will focus on Christmas.
Sunday, January 14, 2024 – 4:00 pm
WE ARE THE DREAM | COMMEMORATING THE LIFE & LEGACY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
For over three decades, Plymouth Congregational Church has hosted an annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration. This dramatic presentation will include the inspiring words of many great civil rights advocates, presented by many community leaders including Janice Furtner, the Rev. Dr. Bill McGill, the Vocal Artists of Heartland Sings, Pilgrim Baptist Church and Plymouth Church’s Thee Combo all under the direction of Maestro Robert Nance.
Sunday, February 18, 2024 – 4:00 pm
THE NEUE WIND OCTET | BLOWING AWAY THE WINTER BLUES
This unique wind ensemble, which had its debut concert at Plymouth Church in 2023, returns by popular demand in a concert designed to lift your spirits as winter draws to a close.
Sunday, March 10, 2024 – 4:00 pm
A KEYBOARD CONCERT
Robert Nance, organ and piano Plymouth’s own music director and Fort Wayne’s honored maestro and arts advocate Robert Nance will present an inspiring program of keyboard standards as well as a retrospective of his original works and the stories behind them. Don’t miss this unique experience!
Sunday, April 28, 2024 - 4:00 pm
FELIZ PRIMAVERA | A SPRING CONCERT BY CANTO DE CORAZÓN
Friday - Saturday, May 3, 4, & 5, 2024
WHAT IS TRUTH SEMINAR 2.0 | A WEEKEND OF STUDY, STORY, AND SONG
Featuring Valerie Tutson, Storyteller, Singers David Bobay and Sydney Fabregas along with keyboardist Robert Nance and Plymouth’s Thee Combo, this is our second seminar that provides the opportunity to consider the question and reflect. More detailed information coming this Spring! Mark your calendars!
PREVIOUS 2023 PERFORMANCES
WE ARE THE DREAM
Commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in word and song. Watch here.
DAVID BOBAY, BARITONE
Robert Nance, pianist; Brad Kuhns, bass; Dave Mendenhall, percussion. This concert was sponsored by the donors of the Plymouth Music Series. Watch here.
SYMPHONY No. 1 IN C-SHARP MINOR composed by Howard Terrell.
PERFORMED BY PHILHARMONIC PLAYERS ASSOCIATION
Maestro Robert Nance, conducting
A CONCERT FOR UKRAINE
ALEXANDER KLEPACH, PIANO
LISA GERSTENKORN, CONTRALTO
Heartland Sings Principal Vocal Artist Lisa Gerstenkorn in a varied program of chamber music, opera, and art songs featuring the alto voice. Joined by Maestro Robert Nance, piano, Deborah Nitka Hicks, cello, Barrett Seals, oboe and Natalie Young, soprano in exciting works composed by Bach, Brahms, Rossini, Bernstein and female composers Betty Roe, Dorothy R. Moore and Rachel J. Peters. Watch here.
TEXAS BOYS CHOIR
Dr. Todd Prickett, artistic director.
WHAT IS TRUTH? AN EXPLORATION THROUGH STUDY, STORY & SONG
Featuring Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate GM and VP, Justice and Local Church Ministries UCC, Valerie Tutson, storyteller; Robert Nance, keyboardist; various musical artists. Find livestream recordings here.
NEW ORLEANS JAZZ PENTECOST CELEBRATION
This is an outdoor program, held in the Plymouth Church parking lot at the corner of Berry St. and Fairfield Ave. Attendees should bring a chair, dress appropriately for a warm spring day, and are invited to don the colors of Pentecost (red, white, yellow). Music for this event features a jazz band of trumpet, trombone, clarinet, banjo, drums, piano and bass, and members of Plymouth’s choir will sing several songs as well. Rev. Timothy Murphy will also deliver a brief homily.
THE NEUE WIND OCTET
Featuring John Uchal, Stephanie Patterson, Alex McCrory, Travis Larson, Tony Park, David Harris, Erin Yoder, and Kin Blaha, this “new” wind ensemble performed the music of Beethoven, Mozart, Harrison, and Galbraith. Watch here.
ANDREA SALAZAR, SOPRANO, DR. WAGNER PASTOR, TENOR, and MAESTRO ROBERT NANCE, PIANO
This husband and wife duo, originally from Ecuador, presented a recital of music from traditional art song, arias, and music from Latin America. Wagner and Andrea both work for Heartland Sings as professional vocal artists and teachers.
An Indie Folk Duo Husband and wife duo Eli and Hannah Denecke performed original works in the folk style. Watch here.
VIRTUOSIC VOCALS | THE PRINCIPAL ARTISTS OF HEARTLAND SINGS
Performing some of the most challenging and virtuosic solos, duos and small ensembles from operas and musical theater are the principal vocal artists of Heartland Sings. Watch the performances here.
Concerts are presented at: Plymouth Congregational Church UCC
501 W. Berry Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
All Music Series Concerts are FREE and OPEN to the public.
Freewill offerings and donors help to underwrite the costs for concerts.