2022-23 Sylvania First Artist Series

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The Artist Series, in its inaugural season, has been created to celebrate the inherent joy in music, and the unique ways in which the Divine shines through in song, reaching our hearts where words alone cannot.

Every program in the Artist Series for the ‘22-‘23 season features down-to-earth musicians, who reflect the welcoming nature of the life and ministry at Sylvania First.  As we strive to build life-changing relationships through and with God, we use the gift of music as a way to connect. We want our neighbors to get to know us, and to find genuine acceptance any time they walk through our doors.  We welcome all to walk with us – to hear the light and good news of God, whether in words, scripture, songs, and experiences on Sunday mornings, or equally relaxed concerts in the afternoons.

At Sylvania First, we recognize the light in ALL individuals.  All means All; God’s love knows has no limitations. Please join us this season. Invite a friend, neighbor, relative – anyone who might find a smile through song!

Sunday, October 9 | 3:00 p.m.

Kevin S. Foster “Songs of Faith, Songs of Imagination”

Acclaimed composer/arranger,Kevin S. Foster, known largely for his choral music, presents a program of arrangements and original songs for voice and solo piano.  Audiences remember Kevin’s concerts not only for his sensitive songs, but also for his warm-hearted storytelling, as he shares the process behind the music in a relaxed atmosphere. This concert features both Kevin’s vocal book, “Songs of Faith,” and his future release, “Songs of Imagination” – the former a collection of favorite hymns for solo voice and piano, and the latter a book entirely of solo piano music.  With influences from pianists George Winston, Liz Story, and guitarist Jens Kommnick, his music has an imaginative and comforting quality.

Sunday, December 11 | 3:00 p.m.

Mark Alan Wade and Randy Clepper “Irish Christmas”

This concert will feature two renowned virtuosos in world music, Mark Alan Wade & Randy Clepper, in an Irish inspired Christmas program. Mark, a National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, is among the best dulcimer players in the world. With his doctorate degree in music, he performs stunning arrangements of classical masterpieces and world music alike. Likewise, Randy Clepper is among the most sought after Irish Bouzouki players. A master of Irish music, he has performed all over the US, Ireland, and even as far as Israel. Together, their program presents virtuosic performances of unusual instruments playing Advent and Christmas favorites, along with other Celtic and Irish traditional pieces for an unforgettable afternoon of music. 

Sunday, February 12 | 3:00 p.m.

“Musical Theatre Date Night” Featuring Jonathan and Lena Andrews 

Come and celebrate Valentine’s Day early with this love-themed program of Broadway tunes, exploring the many facets of love.  Returning to Ohio after careers in Missouri and Florida, and with decades of combined stage experience, Jonathan and Lena  breathe life into these songs with their magical vocals and polished stage presence.  The program will feature well-known classics as well as modern Broadway offerings, and perhaps even a surprise or two along the way!  They will be accompanied by local pianist Todd Schreiber, who is easily considered one of the best in the area.  Joined also by our very own Kevin and Lisa Foster,  longtime friends of the couple, this concert is the perfect “appetizer” to the season of love.

Sunday, March 19 | 2:00 p.m.

Bowling Green State University | Men’s Chorus

Widely reputed as “America’s Finest Singing Machine,” the BGSU Men’s Chorus is an auditioned large ensemble open to all tenor and bass singers on campus. The ensemble encompasses students across all majors, representing all seven colleges at the University; over half of the members are non-music majors. Uniquely, the chorus functions as a student organization as well as a registered course offered through the College of Musical Arts, deriving from them both an atmosphere of brotherly camaraderie and exemplary musicianship.