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FPC Sanctuary and Bell Choirs Featured in Noon Concert Series

The First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir features a dozen Missouri Western students, faculty and alumni.

The First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary and Bell Choirs will be featured at the First Thursday Downtown Noon Concert Series at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, 7th and Jules in St. Joseph. “Sounds of the Season,” featuring music for Lent and Holy Week, will be performed.

First Presbyterian Church sponsors the series with the cooperation of Missouri Western’s department of music. The audience is invited to bring lunch to eat during the performance. Beverages will be provided. There will be an opportunity to meet the musicians after the concert.

Twelve Missouri Western music students, faculty and alumni sing in the church’s 28-voice Sanctuary Choir, which is directed by Jerry L. Anderson, the director of music and organist/choirmaster. The Bell Choir, directed by Judy Long, also includes representatives from MWSU.

In addition to choral and bell music for the season, the program will include a solo by Donovan Jones, sophomore music major of Tarkio, Mo., and a duet by Daniel Brooks, junior music major, and Thomas Delgado, freshman criminal justice major, both of Kearney, Mo.

To help defray expenses and to insure the continuation of the series, a freewill offering will be taken. The suggested minimum donation is $3. Additional financial assistance has been provided by the Commerce Bank of St. Joseph.

The last concert for this season will be April 4 and will feature Missouri Western’s Symphonic Winds Ensemble, Jeff Hinton, director.

For further information, contact the First Presbyterian Church office at 816-232-3358, the Missouri Western music office at 816-271-4420 or Jerry Anderson, Noontime Concerts coordinator, at 816-262-0800.

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