Music and Arts

Central has a rich musical tradition, and engages in a variety of styles and genres, both in worship and as a performance venue.

Announcing our new Alto Section Leader:  Abbie Betinis

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ABBIE BETINIS (b. 1980) has loved experimenting with sound since age 3, when her parents – singing in the car – heard an excited squeal from the backseat: “I holded my own hawmony!” Now her catalog of over sixty commissioned works includes projects for the American Suzuki Foundation, Cantus, Dale Warland Singers, James Sewell Ballet, The Rose Ensemble, Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, and Zeitgeist.

 

Read more about Abbie on her website, and listen to some of her many wonderful compositions!


 

The Central Choir

Consisting of both volunteer and professional singers, the Central Choir sings in worship weekly September through May.  Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings and all are welcome!

Rehearsals each Wednesday evening at 7:15 from September through May.  Need childcare?  Need more info?  Please contact Jennifer Anderson if you have questions, or would like more information about joining us!

Music Ministry Upcoming Events

February 10/11 VocalPoint with special guests Sounds of Blackness

March 11  Food Drive Concert at First Presbyterian Church in South St. Paul

April 22 Paul Winter’s Earth Mass for chorus, children’s choir, chamber ensemble, and sounds from nature

April 29 Ahmed Anzaldúa, pianist, conductor, Co-Editor of the Justice Choir Songbook

May 13 Jake Runestad, composer, conductor

May 20 Pentecost music celebration


Percussion Ensemble

This group of musicians gather occasionally throughout the year to play in worship.  If you have some rhythm, and want to play with us, please join us.  Contact Jennifer Anderson for more information.


Ars Nova Brass Quintet, artists-in-residence

The Ars Nova Brass Quintet was formed in 1980 when two of the original members, Dean Shea and Ehrich Koch, were attending St. John’s University. Ars Nova means “new art” or “new technique,” and is a phrase first used in 1322 to distinguish the new music of the Late Middle Ages (1310–1377). Ars Nova contrasted with the music of the immediately preceding age, known as Ars Anitiqua. Ars Antiqua was monophonic, with simple rhythms and accompaniment; Ars Nova introduced independence of rhythm and harmony to each musical line, leading to the development of greater musical expressiveness and variety, an evolution analogous to the revolutionary introduction of perspective in painting.

The Ars Nova Brass Quintet engages and entertains its audience by presenting an innovative perspective: Brass instruments are not just for marches and fanfares. The Quintet performs music of variety and expression from all time periods, styles and moods. Their repertoire includes music of the Renaissance, Classical and Romantic periods, both religious and secular, as well as gospel, jazz and ragtime.


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VocalPoint (a non-profit 501 c 3), is an intense choral experience that challenges people through music to build a better world. We donate 100% of performance-driven donations to a worthy cause that will make a dramatic impact in everyday lives. We have worked with such gifted musicians as Maria Jette, Jearlyn Steele, Zenon Dance Company, Copper Street Brass Quintet, Peter Mayer and The Sounds of Blackness

In our first six seasons, we have raised over $180,00 for  non-profit organizations (Open Arms of Minnesota, Avenues for Homeless Youth, Neighborhood House, The Advocates for Human Rights, Upstream Arts, One Heartland and Twin Cities R!SE.)

Audition information can be found at www.vocalpointchorus.org

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Contact Jennifer Anderson, Director of Music, at jennifera@cpcstpaul.org or ext. 103.