Sanctuary Series lineup mixes new, familiar

The ninth season begins on Sept. 11.

Begin a new week monthly with a variety of entertainment choices when the Chancel Choir and Music Ministry of the High Street United Methodist Church’s ninth season of its Sanctuary Series returns.

Concerts in a variety of genres make the series something different one Sunday each month at 3 p.m. in the church sanctuary starting in September and running through May.

The series admission cost — free — remains the same; although free-will offerings to support the series will be accepted.

“This year’s series includes a mix of new and old faces,” said J. Chris Moore, High Street’s musical director of traditional worship. “We’re particularly excited to showcase some young, emerging talent this season along with several faces familiar to Springfielders, but new to this series.

The season will begin with a returning favorite from last year. Pianist John Mortensen will perform jazz piano tunes and other classics on Sept. 11.

• Oct. 9, Dylan Atkins and Friends includes a flute soloist with musicians from the University of Findlay wind ensemble.

• Nov. 13, The Wittenberg University Choir is another returnee to the series and will take on a variety of sacred and secular music.

• Dec. 11, The Spirit of Christmas will bring back yet another traditional favorite for the holiday season with Oakwood Brass and High Street’s chancel choir taking on songs of the season.

• Jan. 22, Connected in Concert will begin the new year with a gospel tribute to the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

• Feb. 12, Full Sound Chamber Group consists of five brothers who will perform a program of classics for strings.

• March 12, Dulahan Unplugged will bring the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with one of Dayton’s premier Celtic bands doing Irish jigs and reels.

• April 2, Livewire on Tap brings back homegrown talent with the Springfield Youth Symphony’s chamber ensembles.

• May 7, From Baptist to Broadway closes the season with Cedarville artists Mark Spencer and Connie Anderson doing sacred and show music.

Following each show, attendees are invited to attend a meet the artist reception.

“It promises to be another popular year for our series,” Moore said.

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