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 thanks to the generousity of Dr. Fred A. and Leota Couts.

Childcare is available with a reservation to the music office the Wednesday prior to each program. Free parking is available both on the street and in a small off-street lot on Westminster next to the church.

2016-2017 Schedule

Arianna String Quartet

Sunday, September 25, 4:00 pm

This quartet has performed to rave reviews throughout the world. Based at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, the quartet is widely regarded as one of America's finest ensembles.

Yunji Shim Recital

Sunday, October 9, 4:00 pm

Soprano Yunji Shim is a winner of this year's prestigious 70th Artist Presentation Society Audition. Her program includes music of Charles Gounod, Richard Strauss, Korean art songs, and much more. Free and open to the public.

Silent Movie: Girl Shy

Sunday, November 6, 4:00 pm

Silent movie Girl Shy from 1924 stars Harold Lloyd as a young tailor trying to overcome his shyness of women. Organist Andrew Peters plays accompaniment during the 80-minute film on the church's Schantz pipe organ.

Advent Vespers

Sunday, December 4, 4:00 pm

The Second Church Chorale and Orchestra with conductor Andrew Peters present portions of Edward Elgar's The Apostles. The Vepers also includes hymns, readings, and music for handbell choir.

Dawn Weber Trio

Sunday, January 15, 4:00 pm

The Dawn Weber Trio presents a salute to African American composers on the weekend of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Trumpet virtuoso Dawn Weber has been a musical institution in St. Louis since the late 1990s. Known for her musical and energetic performances, you'll leave this performance with a smile on your face and a pep in your step.

Andrew Peters Recital

Sunday, February 19, 4:00 pm

Organist Andrew Peters plays a varied program of American composers on the church's Schantz pipe organ. Music includes works of Dudley Buck, Aaron Copland, Emma Lou Diemer, Charles Ives, Libby Larsen, and more. A screen placed in the front of the Sanctuary will enable the audience to watch the organists' hands and feet.

Lincoln University Choir

Sunday, March 26, 4:00 pm

The Lincoln University Choir hails from Jefferson City, Missouri. Under the direction of Michelle Gamblin-Green, the choir will present a varied program from traditional choral literature, spirituals, and music from other cultures.

Bach Society Young Artists

Sunday, April 30, 4:00 pm

The Bach Society of St. Louis Young Artists for 2016-2017 will be joined by pianist Sandra Geary. This concert is presented jointly with the Bach Society of St. Louis and is part of the St. Louis Bach Festival.