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Take a break with summer concerts at First Christian

Posted on June 30, 2021

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Tenor Matthew Joyner performs at the church July 14. Contributed photo

Tenor Matthew Joyner performs at the church July 14. Contributed photo

Pianist Dexter Ruffin will perform July 14 in the summer series. Contributed photo

Pianist Dexter Ruffin will perform July 14 in the summer series. Contributed photo

Tenor Matthew Joyner performs at the church July 14. Contributed photo

Tenor Matthew Joyner performs at the church July 14. Contributed photo

Pianist Dexter Ruffin will perform July 14 in the summer series. Contributed photo

Pianist Dexter Ruffin will perform July 14 in the summer series. Contributed photo

Pianist Dexter Ruffin will perform July 14 in the summer series. Contributed photo
Tenor Matthew Joyner performs at the church July 14. Contributed photo

The First Christian Music Series has two concerts this month as part of its Sounds of Summer Series.

The noon concerts are held at the church, 207 Tarboro St., and are free. Those attending are asked to take non-perishable food items that will be collected throughout the series and culminate with the ninth annual Music for Hope Concert at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24.

Matthew Joyner, tenor, and Dexter Ruffin, pianist, perform Wednesday, July 14.

They will be sharing works of Purcell, Schubert, Caplet, Rossini, Hogan and Johnson.

Joyner is the director of choirs at Fike High School, where he teaches mixed chorus and the Fike vocal ensemble.

Ruffin currently is music minister at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Wilson. He attended the Baltimore International Piano Festival in 2019 where the legendary Leon Fleisher was present and where he won first prize. In 2020, he won the Concerto Competition hosted by the East Carolina University School of Music.

The Craven Brass Quintet performs Wednesday, July 28. The Craven Brass Quintet offers a musical repertoire ranging from baroque to blues. The quintet’s music library includes brass compositions form the baroque era, the early American period, the Civil War, the Big Band era, New Orleans Dixieland and ragtime, traditional Bavarian and German music and music for the holiday seasons.

Visit www.fccwilson.org/spaceforgrace for more information.

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