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).

2017-2018 Schedule

Todd Wilson Organ Concert

Sunday, October 22, 4:00 pm

Todd Wilson serves as head of the Organ Department at The Cleveland Institute of Music and as Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio. He has performed with symphony orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Nashville Symphony. Mr. Wilson plays Bach, Hancock, Widor, Reubke's thrilling "Sonata on the 94th Psalm," and an improvisation on the church's 60-rank 1965 Schantz Organ. This concert is generously presented in memory of Alice and Ben Knight.

All Saints Concert

Sunday, November 5, 4:00 pm

Conductor Andrew Peters leads the Second Church Chorale and Orchestra in music for All Saints Day. The program consists of Tchaikowsky's Elegy for Strings, Gary Cornell's arrangement of "Wayfaring Stranger," Eternal Light: A Requiem by English composer Howard Goodall, and Amy Beach's "Invocation" for violin and piano performed by violinist Susie Thierbach and pianist Andrew Peters. Additional singers are welcome to join the Chorale for this concert. Please contact the music office for further details including rehearsal schedules.

Advent Vespers

Sunday, December 3, 4:00 pm

The Advent hymn "Watchman, Tell Us of the Night" lays the foundation for the Vespers readings and music. On this first Sunday of Advent, congregational hymns and readings further highlight the anticipation and preparation of the season. The Second Church Choir, Handbell Choir, flutist Jennifer Gartley, and organist Andrew Peters offer music to give listeners an opportunity to pause in the midst of the hectic holiday season.

Silent Movie Shorts

Sunday, January 7, 4:00 pm

Brighten your winter afternoon with this hour-long collection of silent movie shorts. Andrew Peters improvises live organ accompaniment on the church's Schantz Organ to match the action and plot of the different films.

Courtney Loveless Jazz Concert

Sunday, February 11, 4:00 pm

Courtney Loveless and her trio present a wonderful concert of jazz. A native of St. Louis, Ms. Loveless comes from a gifted musical family. Loveless' rich, soulful alto voice supported by her talented trio of musicians will dazzle listeners with their technique and energy. These four musicians' delightful presentation will immerse the audience in a vibrant jazz soundscape.

W. Mark Akin, Guitar Concert

Sunday, March 4, 4:00 pm

A graduate of Belmont University in Nashville and the University of Arizona, W. Mark Akin is a winner of last year's prominent Artist Presentation Award given by the Artist Presentation Society of St. Louis. A popular teacher and performer, Akin has performed in numerous concerts and been heard on Nashville Public Radio. This engaging program highlights works by Sergio Assad, Agustin Barrios, Edvard Grieg, William Walton, and much more.

Earth Day Concert

Sunday, April 22, 4:00 pm

Don't miss this tribute to the wonders of nature featuring stirring music performed by orchestra and soloists. Felix Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture and Ludwig van Beethoven's Pastorale Symphony will captivate listeners. The concert also involves solos and quartet pieces from the choir's section leaders; soprano Jackie Davis, alto Lori Hoffman, tenor Derek Dahlke, and bass Joshua Powlishta join conductor and pianist Andrew Peters and the orchestra in this special Earth Day homage.