High Street Sanctuary Series returns Sunday

Nine monthly performances showcasing a variety of arts will highlight the seventh High Street United Methodist Church Sanctuary Series.

The 2014-2015 season debuts Sunday, Sept. 14 with Matthew Moore in “King David” Scenes from Scripture.

It’s presented by High Street’s Chancel Choir and Music Ministry and all performances will be at 3 p.m. in the church sanctuary, located at 230 E. High St., Springfield.

The shows are appropriate for all audiences and there is no admission fee. Donations will be accepted at each performance.

“What we try to do is present quality entertainment with different artists, something for everyone,” said J. Chris Moore, High Street’s musical director of traditional worship.

Moore has had plenty of experience working with talented artists during his 39 years with the Springfield Arts Council. With this series he placed the focus on more intimate programming with local and regional artists.

The sanctuary was renovated a few years ago to better accommodate the artists and professional theater lighting.

The series is presented the second Sunday of each month, with the exception of January, when it will be the third Sunday.

The 2014-2015 lineup will include:

  • Sept. 14, “King David” Scenes from Scripture. Cedarville University theater professor Matthew Moore returns to present the second in a series of three scripture-based performances.
  • Oct. 12, Baritone David Schubert. The Wittenberg University voice teacher will sing.
  • Nov. 9, CrossOver. This smooth jazz trio made up of High Street members has played at numerous area locations and is a series returnee.
  • Dec. 14, Holiday Brass. Celebrate the holidays with High Street’s chancel and bell choirs with guest performers Oakwood Brass.
  • Jan. 18, Remembering Dr. King. Wittenberg University choir director and High Street worship leader Kent Brooks presents a musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Feb. 15, Live Wires! The Springfield Youth Symphony’s Live Wire Ensembles will include several smaller groups including woodwind, string, percussion and bass.
  • March 15, Shawnee High School Choirs. Two Shawnee choirs will perform choral music.
  • April 13, Gary Geis Dance Company. Springfield’s Gary Dance Company will perform an interpretive dance concert accompanied a guest harpist.
  • May 10, A Tribute to Mothers. Vocalists J. Chris Moore and Wendy James salute mothers through song.

Moore said he’s always looking for new talent and encourages interested performers to contact him through the church.

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