Couts Music Series

Presented free of charge to the community

Second Presbyterian Church is proud to present the Couts Music Series as part of its outreach to the community. The series is made possible by the generosity of Dr. Fred Couts with additional support from individual donations to the series.

Childcare is available with a reservation to the church office by the Wednesday prior to each program. Free parking is available on the street or in a small lot next to the church on Westminster Place. Parking is also available in the parking lot located at 462 North Taylor (at the corner of Olive and Taylor diagonally across from the church).

2018-2019 Schedule

Perseid String Quartet

Sunday, October 7, 4:00 pm

Formed in 2013, the Perseid String Quartet is dedicated to performing chamber music to the highest possible artistic standards and to creating enjoyable concert experiences in the St. Louis area. The Perseids have appeared at multiple venues including the Sheldon Concert Hall, the 560 Music Center, Washington University, and the Kemper Art Museum. The ensemble is comprised of violinists Hannah Frey and Manuela Kaymakanova, violist Eliana Haig, and cellist Stephanie Hunt. These quartet members hold advanced degrees from the nation's top music conservatories and are active performers and educators.

Silent Movie: The Freshman

Sunday, November 18, 4:00 pm

Harold Lloyd stars in this comedy film from 1925 in the story of a college freshman trying to become popular by joining the school football team. This film is considered by many to be one of Lloyd's most successful films and in 1990 the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Andrew Peters provides live organ accompaniment to this 76 minute film.

Advent Vespers

Sunday, December 2, 4:00 pm

The Second Church Chorale and Orchestra present Antonio Vivaldi's Magnificat with conductor Andrew Peters on the first Sunday of Advent. In addition, the chorale and handbell choir will present hymns of the season giving listeners a temporary respite from the busy month of December. Area singers are welcome to join the Chorale for this program. Contact the music office at 314-367-0367 for more information including the rehearsal schedule.

Music for Horn, Alphorn, Organ, and more

Sunday, January 20, 4:00 pm

Thomas and Tricia Jöstlein offer a program for horn and alphorn with tenor Derek Dahlke and keyboardist Andrew Peters. The program includes Haydn's Concerto for Two Horns and Schubert's Auf dem Strom (On the Stream). This concert also includes music commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tricia Jöstlein is Adjunct Professor of Horn at Webster University and plays as an extra with the St. Louis Symphony. Thomas Jöstlein has been Associate Principal Horn with the St. Louis Symphony since 2010 and is known for his performances on the Alphorn.

Brian Owens Duo

Sunday, February 17, 4:00 pm

The music of Brian Owens engages listeners in an experience that feeds the soul and uplifts the heart. Joined by a very special guest accompanist, Brian will explore songs of love and hope. The afternoon's program draws from his extensive catalog of original material as well as from some of the most notable African American writers and artists that continue to influence him.

Greenville University Choir

Sunday, March 10, 4:00 pm

Founded in 1927 by Dr. Robert W. Woods, the Greenville University Choir has attained a widespread reputation for its polished performances of sacred choral music. Under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Wilson, this choir of talented singers has performed with the St. Louis Kingsbury Ensemble, the Illinois Music Educators Conference, and the American Choral Directors Association. Their evocative and powerful interpretations of sacred music are sure to inspire you.

Bach Society Young Artists

Sunday, April 28, 4:00 pm

The versatile 2018-19 Bach Society of St. Louis Young Artists will be joined by pianist Sandra Geary in this delightful afternoon program. These four soloists will perform Bach arias and other favorite pieces from the impressive wide-ranging repertoire of operatic and recital works. This concert is presented jointly with the Bach Society of St. Louis and is part of the Bach Society's 2019 St. Louis Bach Festival.