Sanctuary Series to open eighth season

Another season of free entertainment begins Sunday, Sept. 13, as the eighth season of the High Street United Methodist Church’s Sanctuary Series returns.

Nine shows will take place monthly at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoons through May 2016. Each show will include a meet-and-greet reception with the performer or performers following each show.

Admission to performances, which are in the church sanctuary, is free, but free-will offerings will be taken at each show to help with the costs.

The 2015-16 season will include:

Sept. 13: Matthew Moore, who will present “John’s Gospel,” highlighting the story of Jesus.

Oct. 11: Wittenberg University Choir will perform sacred and secular music.

Nov. 8: Tyler Detrick in Concert features the recent Cedarville University graduate’s return to the series for a solo show of traditional classics and folk favorites.

Dec. 13: The Music of Christmas has the return of Oakwood Brass teaming up with High Street’s chancel choir to perform holiday classics.

Jan. 31: Wright Brass is a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base group that plays various places throughout the Midwest.

Feb. 14: John Mortensen at the Piano will be a program of diverse selections of classical and jazz piano tunes to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

March 13: Live Wire Ensembles are another returnee to the series with Springfield Youth Symphony groups including string, woodwind, brass and percussion ensembles.

April 10: Cellocentric, formerly the Doug Wood Trio, blends acoustic guitar, cello and electric bass into a fusion of styles including classical, new age, jazz, pop and rock.

May 15: Dayton Area Harp Ensemble rounds out the season with a harp concert of Celtic, pop and classical tunes.

Detrick and Mortensen are veterans of The Demerits, Cedarville University’s Irish band.

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