Presented free of charge to the community.
During this difficult and uncertain time, Second Presbyterian Church is pleased to announce that it will continue presenting the Couts Music Series for its 12th season. The 2020-21 season celebrates music’s ability to sustain, inspire, and nurture in times of stress.
Because city and state health guidelines are evolving, the format for each program will vary depending upon the most up-to-date regulations available prior to each event. Some performances will be presented as a pre-recorded video through youtube or live-streamed through the church’s website. These will only be available for viewing at the date and time of the program as required by the musicians’ union’s rules. Other programs will be presented through video on youtube and available for viewing several weeks after the performance date. We will monitor the possibility of allowing a limited number of audience members in the church to attend programs as we enter 2021.
While the format of this season differs from the past, we remain committed to presenting each event to the widest audience possible while also safeguarding the health of our audience and musicians. A month before each performance, information will be shared with the Couts Music Series audience through the church website, emails, and mailed postcards announcing the format and availability of the next event.
For more information about the Couts Music Series – including the date, time, and format of each event – please contact Andrew Peters, Minister of Music, at 314-367-0366 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit secondchurch.net for updates on the series.
Dr. Fred Couts generously supported Second Presbyterian Church and established the Fred A. and Leota Couts Music Endowment Fund to enrich the church’s music ministry. The Couts Music Series receives additional funding from individual donations. Donations can be mailed to Second Presbyterian Church marked to the attention of the Couts Music Series. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to support and sustain this free series for the community.
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2020-2021 Couts Music Series
All programs are presented free of charge to the community.
Artists and programs are subject to change.
Sunday, October 11 @ 4:00 pm
Organist Andrew Peters is joined by a stellar trio of Hannah Frey, Jennifer Gartley, and Megan Stout. Hannah Frey, violin, is a graduate of Cleveland Institute of Music, performs as concertmaster of the Winter Opera St. Louis Orchestra and plays first violin in the Perseid Quartet. Jennifer Gartley, flute, is an Artistic Director of Chamber Project St. Louis and serves on the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis. Megan Stout, harp, performs regularly with the St. Louis Symphony, opera companies in St. Louis, and teaches at Washington University in St. Louis and Webster University.
Air on the Six Strings
Sunday, November 1 @ 4:00 pm
In difficult times, we turn to beauty and comfort for sustenance. Award-winning artists Jennifer Nitchman, flute and Mark Akin, guitar, present “Air on the Six Strings”, a program of favorites from the repertoire. This program draws on the simple beauty of the Classical Era and folk song traditions through music by Guiliani, Beaser, Vaughan Williams, and more. This concert marks the debut performance by this duo.
Advent Vespers: Out of the Depths
Sunday, December 6 @ 4:00 pm
Join us on the Second Sunday of Advent for Second Church’s fourteenth annual Advent Vespers. Readers from the congregation of Second Presbyterian Church join the Section Leaders and other singers of the Adult Choir and handbell ringers in this service of hope. The Vespers highlights the power and relevance of Psalm 130. Organist Andrew Peters plays Felix Mendelssohn’s gripping Third Organ Sonata which uses a melody inspired by this psalm. The Vespers will offer listeners an opportunity to pause and reflect during the chaotic month of December.
Two Times True with Kim Fuller
Sunday, January 17 @ 4:00 pm
Jazz pianist Carolbeth True and her trio join singer Kim Fuller as they celebrate the birthday and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Carolbeth True has received numerous awards including the Excellence in the Arts Award from the Arts and Education Council and St. Louis Magazine’s Best Jazz Artist Award. David True,drums, has won the prestigious Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. Glen Smith, bass, plays for star performers at the Fox Theater and Powell Hall. Kim Fuller has sung throughout the St. Louis area for over 25 years and has performed as the opening act for jazz greats such as the Jazz Crusaders, Ramsey Lewis, and Pieces of a Dream.
Andrew Peters Organ Recital
Sunday, February 7 @ 4:00 pm
In celebration of Black History month, organist Andrew Peters performs a program highlighting the work of Black composers and music inspired by Black musicians. Peters has served as Minister of Music at Second Presbyterian Church since 2007 and plays as ensemble organist with the St. Louis Symphony. His 2017 recording on the church’s Schantz organ, American Variations, was released through Regent Records of England to positive reviews.
Equinox Chamber Players
Sunday, March 14 @ 4:00 pm
Founded in 1998, the Equinox Chamber Players Ensemble is one of St. Louis’ most vibrant chamber groups. Their diverse repertoire has won them acclaim, as has their dedication to community life with commissioned work and educational outreach programs and concerts. Their work is featured in the PBS documentary Continental Harmony and been highlighted in Chamber Music America, St. Louis Magazine, and St. Louis Women on the Move.
Young Artists Showcase
Sunday, April 18 @ 4:00 pm
The talented 2020-21 Bach Society of Saint Louis Young Artists perform Bach arias and other favorites. The afternoon concert features Danielle Feinstein, soprano; Olivia Roland, mezzo-soprano; Micheal Lowe, baritone; and Sandra Geary, pianist, performing music from a wide-ranging repertoire of operatic and recital works. This concert is presented by the Centene Charitable Foundation as part of the 2021 St. Louis Bach Festival in collaboration with the Couts Music Series.
Past Music Series
Past Couts Music Series Events:
Aaron Copland Birthday Concert
All-Haydn Concert with choir and orchestra
Andrew Peters organ recital
Angel Riley, soprano with Andrew Peters, piano and organ
Arianna String Quartet
Bach Society of St. Louis Young Artists
Brian Owens Duo
Carolbeth True Jazz Quartet
Charlene Clarke, violin and Deborah Bloom, piano from the St. Louis Symphony
Chanson du Soir (Chelsea Camille, soprano and David Isaacs, guitar)
Cornet Chop Suey
Cortango Orquesta from the St. Louis Symphony
Courtney Loveless Jazz Concert
Dawn Weber Trio
Doane College Choir
Douglas Cleveland organ recital
Duruflé Concert with the Choirs of Ladue Chapel and Second Church
Earth Day Hymn Festival with Susan Slaughter and the Monarch Brass
Eastertide Vespers featuring music of English composers
Faythe Freese organ recital
Festival of Ralph Vaughan Williams with the choirs of Christ Church Cathedral Choir and Second Church
Gateway Ringers Handbell Choir
Greenville University Choir
Handel’s Dettington Te Deum with the Second Church Chorale and Orchestra
Le Jazz Hot!
Lent Concert with Derek Dahlke, tenor and Andrew Peters, accompanist
Lincoln University Choir
Love Songs Concert with Cole Seaton, tenor and Andrew Peters, pianist
Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time performed by members of St. Louis Symphony
Noteworthy Duo (Lisa Schroeder, flute and Michael Nigro, guitar)
Part I of Edward Elgar’s The Apostles with the Second Church Chorale and Orchestra
Perseid String Quartet
Peter Henderson piano recital
Schubert’s G Major Mass with the Second Church Chorale and Orchestra
Second Church 175th Anniversary Concert
Silent Movies accompanied by Andrew Peters
St. Louis Archdiocesan Handbell Choir Concert
Thomas and Tricia Jostlein horn concert with organist Andrew Peters and tenor Derek Dahlke
Todd Wilson Organ Concert
Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the Second Church Chorale and Orchestra
Veterans Day Concert with patriotic hymns, readings, and music of Fauré
Vitali String Quartet
W. Mark Akin, Guitar Concert
Windows Concert with music highlighting the Tiffany windows in the Sanctuary
Yael Handelman, soprano with Andrew Peters, piano
Yunji Shim Voice Recital
Courtney Loveless Jazz Concert
Dawn Weber Trio
Lincoln University Choir