Concert Series


oboe concertoA part of our music program, the FPCY Concert Series was first offered in the Winter of 2001 as a musical outreach to the community, to provide high quality musical concerts for minimal cost. Concerts are held in the sanctuary of our 1840 building, which provides an intimate setting, placing each audience member near the performers. Now in its 15th season, the Concert Series is organized and facilitated by the Concert Series Task force under the auspices of the Worship Commission, and produces four to six concerts each year featuring professional musicians as well as the FPCY choirs and soloists. The Concert Series is appreciated for its variety of musical styles, from classical to Broadway, jazz to gospel, as well as popular works such as Messiah, and premieres of contemporary compositions.

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The 2016-­2017 Concert Series:

Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 pm Jazz Club Cabaret featuring  Glenda Davenport and her Jazz Quartet The Mellow Sounds of Jazz Favorites

Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 pm Handel’s Messiah – The Christmas Section & More! Chamber Orchestra, Choir & Soloists. Conducted by Simona Frenkel

Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 pm Juilliard in the Heights! An Evening of Chamber Music Featuring alumni of the Juilliard School of Music. For more information please see here.

A reception to meet the artists follows each concert. Please give what you can: Suggested donation is $20.

The First Presbyterian Concert Series is supported by the generous donations of people like YOU! You too, can be a Concert Series Patron by making a gift of $50.00 or more to the 20156-2017 Concert Series either by check or payment through online giving.

Details on current and past concerts

The concerts held in past years include:

2015-2016

  • November 14th, 2015 – Gerard Carelli Jazz Quartet featuring Swinging Jazz & Favorite American Standards
  • December 5th, 2015 – Christmas in Vienna – Mozart, Galuppi, and Friends
  • February 13th, 2016 – An Evening with Lenten Ladies – Cello, Candlelight and Treble Voices
  • March 19th, 2016 – A Romantic Evening of Chamber Music with Dmitri Berlinsky, Violin, Andrey Tchekmazov, Cello, Simona Frenkel, Piano
  • April 23rd, 2016 – Spring Concert – O, Broadway!

2014-2015

  •  November 8, 2014 – An Evening of Gospel Music featuring members of the Antioch Baptist Choir
  • December 6, 2014 – Handel’s Messiah
  • February 7, 2015 – Dmitri Berlinsky, Violinist
  • March 28, 2015 – Andrey Tchekmazov, Cellist
  • April 18, 2015 –  Music from the Movies

2013-2014

  • April 26, 2014 – Westchester premiere of the Mass portions of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man
  • February 8th, 2014 – Candlelight, Chimes, Strings, and Romance, featuring Serafim Smigelskiy, Cello; Jeremy Rhizer, violin; Simona Frenkel, piano, organ, & harpsichord; and vocalists and the adult bell choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown, NY
  • December 7th, 2013 – Fall Concert with Concertino NY

2012-2013

  • October 14th, 2012 – Jazz Concert – The Cary Brown Trio
  • December 2nd, 2012 – Christmas Choir Concert – The Messiah
  • February 10th, 2013 – The Bob January Swing Dance Orchestra
  • April 21st, 2013 – Spring Choir Concert

2011-2012

  • November 6th, 2011 – Jazz Concert – The Cary Brown Trio
  • December 11th, 2011 – Christmas Choir Concert – Charpentier, Soler, Chilcott
  • April 22nd, 2012 – Choir concert with the “Juilliard 415” Early Music Ensemble
  • May 12th, 2012 – Cabaret Evening

2010 – 2011

  • December 5th, 2010 – Choir concert – Handel’s Messiah
  • December 29th, 2010 – Candlight Concert with David Baranowski
  • March 6th, 2011 – Bob January Swing Dance Orchestra
  • April 3rd, 2011 – The Yale Whiffenpoofs
  • May 15th, 2011 – Choir Concert

2009 – 2010

  • December 13th: The Adult Choir, Simona Frenkel, Director – Vivaldi Gloria
  • December 27th: David Baranowski – Candlelight Concert
  • April 25th: The Adult Choir, Simona Frenkel, Director – Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Chilcott Jazz Mazz, and several Rachmaninoff pieces

2008 – 2009

  • November 16th: The Cary Brown Trio
  • December 7th: Simona Frenkel, Director – Handel’s Messiah (Parts I and II)
  • December 28th: David Baranowski – Candlelight Concert
  • February 22nd: Carnaval – Bob January’s Swing Dance Band
  • March 8th: Young Artists Concert – Special Music School NYC

2007 – 2008

  • November 18th Varick String Quartet
  • December 16th Simona Frenkel, Director – Bach Christmas Oratorio
  • December 30th David Baranowski – Candlelight Concert
  • Spring: Simona Frenkel, Director – Schubert Mass in G, Lieder and Musical Schubertiana

2006 – 2007

  • December 10th: Simona Frenkel, Director – Vivaldi Gloria, Bach Concerto
  • December 27th: David Baranowski – Candlelight Concert
  • February 11th: Simona Frenkel Director – David Glukh and Handbells
  • March 25th: Simona Frenkel, Director – “Billings to Broadway”

2005 – 2006

  • December 4th: Simona Frenkel, Director – Selections from Handel’s Messiah and “Come Ye Sons of Art”
  • December 28th:David Baranowski – Candlelight Concert
  • March 5th: The Yale Whiffenpoofs
  • April 30th: Simona Frenkel, Director – “Pretty Much Mozart”

2004 – 2005

  • November 14th: The Brass Apple Quartet
  • December 5th: Simona Frenkel, Director – Handel’s Messiah
  • January 9th: Scarboro Trio
  • February 13th: Cary Brown Trio (Jazz)
  • April 10th: Simona Frenkel, Director Spring Concert

2003 – 2004

  • October 5th: Organ Concert with Stewart Holmes (children’s concert)
  • December 7th : Simona Frenkel, Director Christmas Concert, variations on “Ave Maria”
  • December 28th : David Baranowski Candlelight Concert
  • February 8th: Cary Brown Trio (Jazz)
  • Mrch 21st : Scarborough Trio
  • April 25th Simona Frenkel, Director Spring Concert

2002 – 2003

  • September 29; Annie and the Natural Wonder Band
  • December 15th: Simona Frenkel Director – Handel’s Messiah
  • December 29th; David Baranowski Candlelight Concert
  • February 11; Christopher Lewis, Piano
  • April 6th : Simona Frenkel, Director: Elijah
  • May 4th: Bob January and his Satin Swing Band

2001 – 2002

  • November 11: David Baranowski, Piano, Atsuko Takahata, Clarinet & Jeff Shah, Cello
  • December 16th Simona Frenkel, Director – Handel’s Messiah
  • April 29th : Christopher Lewis, Pianist
  • May 20th; Kathleen Vande Berg, Director – the music of Stephen Sondheim: from “Into the Woods”