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 $169,659.99 to 47 organizations.
A professionally-staffed nursery is provided at each concert. A reception follows most concerts , excluding Christmas Eve, in our Fellowship Hall.
CWC Series 2016-2017 (Nov. 13th revised, see below)
Concerts with a Cause 2016-17 Series Line-up
September 25 Four Local Stars 3:00 pm
Our audiences requested it, and we like the idea. Four local organists kick off the season with an all-organ concert: Jim Nord, Alvin Blount, Keith Shafer, and Brad Cunningham
The cause: The Hale Foundation
October 9 WindSync 3:00 pm
“… staunchly dedicated to pushing the boundaries of wind quintet performance with youthful, pop-rock sensibility.” Winnipeg Free Press
“WindSync is a wind quintet like you’ve never heard or seen, and they’re made up of a group of virtuosos who are also wonderful people, too.” Alison Young, Classical MPR
“…revolutionary chamber musicians…” Houston Chronicle
The cause: When Help Can’t Wait
November 13 John Bucchino 3:00 pm
Songwriter, pianist, and singer John Bucchino returns to Augusta at the request of fans who want more. Soloists from Augusta University will join him.
“John Bucchino’s songs are the continuation in the evolution of classic American popular song. He is a man of great talent.” Michael Feinstein
“A new American pop master… Bucchino merges the artfulness and sophistication of America’s master songwriters (Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, George Gershwin) with the contemporary style and plaintive folk quality of the top singer/songwriters who emerged in the 1970s, such as Carole King and James Taylor.” Houston Chronicle
The cause: Harrisburg Family Health Care
December 24 Christmas Eve Concert and Lessons and Carols 10:30 pm
The Saint John Choirs and orchestra
The cause: The United Methodist Children’s Home
February 19 A Choral Festival with Brad Holmes 3:00 pm
Brad Holmes of Millikin University conducts a festival concert with the choirs of Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, Thomson First UMC and St. John UMC Augusta.
The cause: Natalie’s Light
March 19 Sophie Shao, cello and Milana Strezeva, piano 3:00 pm
“A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant at age 19, Ms. Shao has earned numerous accolades for her performances around the world and has won the top prizes at the Rostropovich and Tchaikovsky competitions. As she played Monday, one could hear why.” – Las Vegas Review-Journal
CWC audiences have enjoyed Ms. Strezeva several times with the Manhattan Piano Trio.
The cause: iCare4, Inc.
Picture Gallery coming soon