Liverpool First UMC hosts concert series

A symphony of opportunity

A night at the symphony in a big city can cost big bucks, but music of the same caliber can be found down the road for next to nothing, literally nothing. Two minds in the Liverpool community thought about the "big city" shows and what they could do to come together to bring the likes of world-renowned musicians to the Liverpool First United Methodist Church, located at 604 Oswego St., in Liverpool.

For the second year in a row, James O. Welsch, concert series artistic director, and Linda Loomis, concert series coordinator, are bringing a total of seven concerts featuring pianists, string ensembles and jazz performers to the community. Each concert will begin at 4 p.m. on a Sunday, except for one concert that begins at 7 p.m. on a Thursday.

The first concert of the "Joyful Noise: Concert Series for the Community" will be held Jan. 24 and featured pianist Kevin Moore, will perform music by Beethoven and Chopin. A 1971 graduate of the Crane School of Music, Moore has played more than 300 concerts in the Central-Western New York area. He has been a professor of music at Onondaga Community College since 1975. Moore performed in last year's inaugural series at Liverpool First UMC.

The concert series lineup includes both musicians with international status and local appeal, according to Welsch.

"We initially started this as a way to find area musical talent, professional, semi-professional and even students," Welsch said. "It's a good way of maintaining community outreach."

Both Welsch and Loomis have a great interest in music. Welsch is a professor of conducting, composition and theory at Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University.

He is also a composer and the director of music ministries at Liverpool First UMC.

Loomis is a professor of journalism at SUNY Oswego. Although Loomis is not a musician herself, she has an admiration for good music.

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