Fist Congregational Church

Mel Larimer Concert Series

Upcoming Concert Information

The Mel Larimer Concert Series major work this Fall will be the beloved "Mass Of The Children" by everybody's favorite Brit composer, John Rutter! Performance dates are set for Saturday, November 23rd at 7pm and Sunday, Nov. 24th at 4pm, all in the Sanctuary of the First Congregational Church, TC. This wonderful performance will feature the Grand Traverse Area Festival Chorus and Chamber Orchestra, NMC Grand Traverse Chorale and Chamber Singers, the NMC Children's Choir, and soloists Laura and Keith Brown - all under the baton of nationally known conductor Dr. Henry Leck of Butler University. Dr. Leck is founder and emeritus director of the Indianapolis Children's Choir, one of the most highly acclaimed ensembles of its kind in the world. The Rutter Mass For The Children is about 40 minutes long. The concert will also feature individual performances by Dolce, Bel Canto, Lyric, Ragazzo and Cantus- the outstanding choral ensembles from the Northwestern Michigan College Children's Choir.

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About the Mel Larimer Concert Series:

Mel Larimer was the beloved Director of Music and conductor of Traverse City’s First Congregational Church Sanctuary Choir from 1997 to 2008. Bringing together Grand Traverse regional musicians to perform major choral/orchestral masterworks was always a major part of Mel Larimer’s fondest wishes and goals for our community. At his passing in 2008, the Mel Larimer Concert Series Memorial Fund was established so that our community could carry on this worthy aspiration. The over-arching goal of the Mel Larimer Concert is to bring together Grand Traverse area musicians to perform great music. All vocalists who are up to the challenge and can fulfill rehearsal requirements are welcome to participate. Masterworks selected may include music of various world cultures, creeds and historical origins, and can be from sacred or secular choral traditions. The Mel Larimer Concerts are outreach events offered to individuals and established public and private institutions as a community service. The Traverse City First Congregational Church (as custodian of the MLCS Trust) is pleased to host these events where appropriate.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Mel Larimer Concert Series is to perform great music that inspires humanity’s creative yearnings and gives expression to the stirrings of the human spirit. To that end, we will strive to present, advocate and promote a repertory of innovative and traditional choral music and seek to educate the public and nurture its appreciation of the life-enriching qualities of choral music and the arts.