100th Anniversary Concert Series

In celebration of our 100th anniversary, St. Mark’s is pleased to present the following concerts to our community in 2023! All events are free and open to the public. Check back here for updates throughout the year, and please contact us with any questions.

January 21: The Stephen Lynerd Group, 4:00pm

Jazz quartet presenting settings of favorite hymns new and old. Stephen Lynerd plays the vibraphone, with Matt Nelson at the piano, Young Heo on bass, and Reuben Garza on drums. This dynamic group is a hit every time they come through town; not to be missed!

February 25: Greg Hager in Concert, 4:00pm

Award-winning ND entertainer Greg Hager will sing songs from his newest album, and will take the listener on a musical journey. Songs of life, living, family and faith in an easy-going country/western style. All are welcome; bring a friend! The concert will be live-streamed on the church Facebook page for those unable to join us in person. A free-will offering will be accepted.

March 5: Organ Recital, 3:00pm

Recitalist Gregor McGee presents works by Bach, Schroeder, Shostakovich, and more! Born in North Carolina, Gregor has played piano since the age of 6, harpsichord since the age of 17, and organ since the age of 23, and has been singing in choirs since the age of 19. Playing and singing for such groups as Cantores in Ecclesia, Big Mouth Society, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, and Reed College Collegium Musicum, Gregor’s skill in diverse idioms brings a tasteful and expressive touch to a variety of repertoire.

April 30: The Seipp/Sheets Trumpet and Organ Duo, 4:00pm

The Seipp/Sheets Trumpet & Organ Duo is unlike any ensemble performing today. Custom musical arrangements of virtuoso, beautiful, entertaining, humorous and patriotic selections enhance the exquisite blend of their instruments. Coupled visually with specialized videos, Seipp and Sheets craft a unique and engaging concert experience for all ages, creating extraordinary connection with their audiences. Dr. Sheets is Ceremonial Organist for Arlington National Cemetery (retired), and Dr. Seipp is Sergeant Major (retired) from The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, D.C.

August 19: Josh Goforth, 4:00pm

Josh grew up in Madison County, North Carolina surrounded by the music and stories of his ancestors.  He is a highly accomplished storyteller and old-time, bluegrass, and swing musician playing close to 20 instruments.  His fiddling was featured in the movie Songcatcher, both onscreen and on the soundtrack.  He has performed in all 50 states, throughout Europe, Asia, and Australia and gracing such stages as the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and The Grand Ole Opry. He was nominated for a Grammy for his 2009 release with David Holt, entitled Cutting Loose.

November 1: Contemplative Evensong, 7:00pm

The choir of St. Mark’s and Tim McWilliams, guitar, will lead a service in celebration of All Saints Day. All are welcome to attend this meditative service which features chant and music in the style of Taize. In addition to choir and congregational song, poetry, readings, and silence provide a time for rest and contemplation. Free and open to the public.

November 12: Voices of Peace, 4:00pm

The choirs of Congregation Beth haTephila and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church present Voices of Peace, an interfaith concert celebrating our diverse musical traditions and shared commitment to positive change in the world. Featuring songs of prayer and praise, psalm settings new and old, and an organ work by Elsa Barraine, a French Jew who fought with the Resistance during World War II, played by Dr. Vance Reese of Brevard College. This event will raise funds for Jewish Federations of North America and Lutheran Services Carolina. Free and open to the public.