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CPC Concert Series

The CPC Concert Series was established in 2019 as a ministry of CPC to bring top quality music to the community.  We offer three concerts per year covering a wide range of musical styles from classical to modern, both instrumental and vocal, and featuring musicians from our area. The Concert Series Committee recognizes the capacity of music to calm, uplift, delight, solace, unify and much more, thereby enriching our community through these gifts of music.

The 2022-2023 Concert Series has concluded! Check back for updates on the upcoming season.

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These concerts could not happen without the support of sponsors. If you renewed to be a sponsor of the 2022-2023 CPC Concert Series, we thank you wholeheartedly for your generosity. If you haven’t renewed yet or wish to become a sponsor for the upcoming season, click the button below to donate. To see information on all levels of sponsorship, click the button below for a Sponsorship Card  that you can download, print, fill out, and mail. Your gift will be acknowledged as a tax-deductible donation to Community Presbyterian Church. 

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Past Concert Series

2022-23 Concert Series

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Quarantet Wind Quintet

The Quarantet Wind Quintet consists of musicians affiliated with organizations such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera Orchestra, the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, and others. The musicians are Anne Bach (oboe), Rachel Blumenthal (flute), Keith Buncke (bassoon), Renée Vogen (French horn), and Susan Warner (clarinet). This refreshing ensemble will perform music by classical composers such as Bartok, Puccini, and Beethoven, contemporary composers Valerie Coleman and Amy Beach, as well as arrangements of popular songs from operas and movies. Expect to be inspired by the experience!

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Sunday, January 29, 2023

CHAI Collaborative Ensemble

CHAI Collaborative Ensemble is a Chicago-based collective dedicated to honoring history, advocating for new works, and engaging with communities through performances of mixed vocal and instrumental chamber music. The ensemble offers beloved classics in the chamber music canon alongside underperformed works from the past and present. Artists with us for this concert are trumpeter Ryan Berndt, violinist Emelinda Escobar, soprano Alicia Berneche, and pianist Talar Khosdeghian. Click here to find more information about CHAI. Expect to be inspired by the experience!

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Sunday, November 6, 2022

Wayne Messmer Quartet with special guest artist, Angel Spiccia

From selections of the Great American Songbook, to unforgettable standards and classics that have stood the test of time, this program will take the audience on a sentimental journey of song. 


Wayne Messmer is the voice most often associated with the National Anthem, having performed for all of Chicago’s professional and college teams.


Supported by world-class musicians, The Wayne Messmer Quartet is enriched by the voice of one of Chicago’s most celebrated female vocalists, Angel Spiccia, who has appeared as a headline performer at leading venues in Chicago and across the country. 


The instrumentalists are among the most respected musicians working today. Pianist Chris White is a recording artist and professor of piano at the university level. Bassist Sean Jacobi is considered one of the finest double bass artists on the jazz scene today. Master of the trumpet/flugelhorn Dave Katz is in high demand as a soloist, recording artist and featured member of a number of big bands.

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2021-22 Concert Series

March 20, 2022

Artemisia Vocal Trio

 Artemesia, the female vocal trio, presents an engaging, multi-media performance titled “She Was.”


She Was revives past and little-known stories of women, and celebrates the storytellers among us today who are keeping their legacies and influences alive. These stories are sung to life with a mix of folkloric vocal traditions, and arranged/composed music created by the group and five newly commissioned works by living female composers: Kyong Mee Choi, Hope Littwin, Rochelle Rice, Jess Godwin, and Jori Pilcher. To creatively accentuate the power of voice in multiple respects, we pair the group’s live music performance with elements of sound design using recorded interviews, archival footage, and devised writing.  They blend this with a theatrical and staged narrative, featuring animations from Anne Beal, in a visceral inquiry into our past, present, and future. Learn more at the Artemisia web site.

Download concert program HERE

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February 6, 2022

Robert Chen, Violinist,

in concert with Matthew Hagle, Pianist

The concert will feature Robert Chen, Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and pianist Matthew Hagle, faculty member and Musicianship Program Director at the Music Institute of Chicago.


Robert Chen and Matthew Hagle will present sonatas for violin and piano by Claude Debussy and Serge Prokofiev. In addition, Mr. Chen will play solo sonatas for violin by J.S. Bach and Eugène Ysaÿe. 

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November 14, 2021

Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble

The Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble is known for its fun and entertaining performances that offer an unexpected array of musical offerings. From Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and J. S. Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue to Leonard Bernstein’s Suite from ‘West Side Story’ and many other beautiful and inspiring pieces, you won’t want to miss a note!

 The concert will feature five brass players on trumpet, horn, trombone, and tuba and an organist playing CPC’s Martin Ott tracker organ. 

Download concert program HERE

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2020-21 Concert Series

April 11, 2021: Chicago Strings

featuring members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera playing the music of Schubert, Boccherini and Beethoven

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February 14, 2021: Heart Strings featuring Gail Gillispie, lutenist

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November 1, 2020: The MBC Ensemble in Concert

featuring Mike Brozick, trumpet, Betsy Waldon, organ and piano, Craig Felde, timpani playing works by Dvorak, Sibelius, J. S. Bach, and more.


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2019-20 Concert Series

October 20, 2019:  Oriana Singers

A premier Chicago a cappella chamber choir.  The Book of Love.  Featuring songs by Imogen Heap, folksongs from Britain and Finland, and Renaissance madrigals.


February 9, 2020:  Julian Chin Trio 

Piano, bass, drums.  Jazz on Broadway!  Fresh variations on Broadway musical numbers.


February 24, 2019:  Kevin Chunko, organ concert 

Kevin was the CPC organist at the time. Sound Remembrances: Journeying from the Musical Past to Now


March 17, 2019:  Agape Ringers 

Chicago’s premier handbell ensemble. 

2019 Concert Series

The CPC Concert Series relies on financial support from sponsors and free will offerings. Click here to make a donation to support the CPC Concert Series. Gifts of $25 or higher qualify as a sponsorship. Your gift will be acknowledged as a tax-deductible donation to Community Presbyterian Church.

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