Generous donors allow us to offer the concert series free of charge. At each concert, we collect a “love offering” – not for the performers – but for a local service organization.
Christianity has always been associated with great works of art and beauty, expressing the inexpressible and transcending the earthbound. It is our prayer that these concerts will help you find God here. As we gather, we also hope to benefit service organizations which are doing good work for the Kingdom of God in our community. Since its beginning in 2003, Concerts with a Cause has donated $190,967.07 to 52 organizations.
A professionally-staffed nursery is provided at each concert. A reception follows most concerts in our Fellowship Hall, excluding evening concerts such as Christmas Eve.
Concerts with a Cause 2017-18 Series Line-up
August 27 The Raleigh Ringers 3:00pm
“The precise co-ordination is astonishing…but it’s the rock-solid musicianship that lingers long after the concerts have ended, for these folks are artists in the best sense of the word, and in addition they project delight in their work that is downright infectious. The Ringers are simply the best in the business, doing what they do.” – Classical Voice North Carolina
“We loved it so much we tried to get a flight changed to come hear your concert again!” – Anonymous Fan
The cause: Friendship Community Center
September 24 Timothy Albrecht, concert organist 3:00 pm
“creative, fertile imagination … electric performances … Lisztian virtuosity.” – The American Organist
The cause: The Hale Foundation
October 29 Seraph Brass 3:00 pm
“High notes, low notes, fast notes, slow notes: Seraph Brass can play them all and with remarkable skill.” – Gale Rose, Pratt Tribune
“From impressionist compositions to popular Broadway hits, the all-female brass quintet Seraph Brass showed off the tremendous versatility and range of brass instruments.” – The Independent, Gallup, NM
The cause: Downtown Cooperative Church Ministries
December 24 Christmas Eve Concert and Lessons & Carols 10:30 pm
The Saint John Choirs and orchestra
The cause: Methodist Family Services
January 21 Monroe Crossing 3:00 pm
“For anyone who is looking for the best in bluegrass and the best in entertainment, I highly recommend Monroe Crossing. Thoroughly entertaining! One of the best!”
– Dick Beckley, President, Seven Mountains Bluegrass Association
The cause: GAP Ministries
March 25 A Collage of the Arts for Passion Week 7:00 pm
Actors, vocal and instrumental music, with visual art from seven centuries, set the scene for the Holy Week ahead.
Guest organist, John Ourensma
The cause: The United Methodist Children’s Home
Picture Gallery coming soon