Lake Grove Presbyterian Church to kick off concert series
According to Wendy Bamonte, the Lake Grove Presbyterian Church has one of the most acoustically impressive music venues in Lake Oswego. The church on Sunset Drive is hoping to showcase this amenity once again in 2022 and 2023 through its concert series.
"We're happy to open that space to Lake Oswego to hear great music, partner with the Oregon Symphony, great gospel singers, brass players, string players — it's a great way to give something back to the community," Bamonte said.
The free concerts — which are open to all — will kick off at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at the church with a performance by The Brown Sisters, who will sing gospel and inspirational music. The series will continue at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 with a collaboration between the Lake Grove Bell Choir and brass from the Oregon Symphony, followed by Tapestry featuring singer Abigail Krawson at 2 p.m. March 12, a showcase by the Sanctuary Choir at 7 p.m. June 3 (before they depart on a mission trip in Europe) and Mozart for Munchkins, which is geared toward kids, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 22. The concerts typically last an hour and casual attire is acceptable.
Following each concert, there will be a chance to meet the artists.
Bamonte noted that the church has been holding concerts for 20 years and started the series in 2014. The 2022-23 series will be the first full season since 2018-19 due to the pandemic.
The concerts can attract as many as 400 people and they will also be livestreamed. Bamonte added the events are an outgrowth of the music performed during regular church service.
"We started the series as we have this great venue in the sanctuary at Lake Grove and lots of musical friends who have performed at the choir over the years, and we wanted to spread the music a little wider … to people who might not come Sunday morning but still want to hear great music — welcome them into the sanctuary," music associate and organist Jeff Wood said.
Cole Ottum, the program manager for worship and music, said it's hard to find free concerts throughout the region that match the quality of the Lake Grove series.
"There are high standards for what is expected from a performance in Lake Grove," he said.
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