THE REEN FAMILY
Sunday, October 2, 2016
We open our series with a return performance by the multi-talented Reen Family. Steve and Sophie Reen, classically trained musicians who have performed professionally for the past 25 years, are joined on stage by their nine children. Appearing as The Reen Family Singers and The Reen Brothers, they perform across the U.S.A. and Canada. Their singing and instrumental selections in styles including Classical, Jazz, Gospel, Contemporary and Barbershop will brighten your day
THE BLUE WISP BIG BAND
Sunday, December 4, 2016
The Blue Wisp Big Band makes a special appearance on our 35th series. Founded in 1980 by drummer John Von Ohlen and trumpeter Don Johnson, the band quickly made its reputation, continuing to today, as the top jazz orchestra in Cincinnati. Its albums have been played world-wide, and Cincinnatians have enjoyed its weekly Wednesday night performances, now at Urban Artifact in Northside, for 36 years. Swing to the band’s signature jazz selections and holiday tunes.
HEATHER MACPHAIL / ORGAN PLUS
Sunday, February 19, 2017
When our concert series was founded 35 years ago, one of its main purposes was to feature Westwood First’s magnificent pipe organ. While the focus has changed over the years to include many musical genres, we always feature the pipe organ at least once. This year, Westwood First organist Heather MacPhail will pair visual images with the colors of the organ in hymn arrangements, J. S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and solo arrangements, including Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
THE FRIENDLY SONS OF ST. PATRICK GLEE CLUB
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Saint Patrick’s Day may have officially been on March 17th, but here in Westwood it will be celebrated on March 26th. The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Glee Club is a 40-member male chorus which has been singing throughout our community for 28 years. Join us as this enthusiastic glee club makes its debut on our series. Their harmonious renditions of traditional Irish songs will leave us all feeling that we have at least a wee bit o’ the Irish in us.
WESTWOOD FIRST CHANCEL CHOIR & SOLOISTS
Sunday, April 30, 2017
The Westwood First Chancel Choir and Soloists, under the direction of Heather MacPhail, will bring our thirty-fifth season to a close with a concert of American spirituals and well-known gospel tunes. To honor our thirty-fifth season, the choir will premiere a commissioned work by composer Robert Benson based on the spirituals Deep River and Wade in the Water. Also featured will be arrangements by local composer Howard Helvey and well-known arranger Mark Hayes.
All events are free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted at the door. A reception in Calvin Hall will follow most concerts. For more information, call the music office at 661-6846, ext. 101.