We are thrilled to announce that, so far this season, The Simple Gifts Concert Series has brought 2000 audience members into the pews of Glenview Community Church. It is an all-time record for our concerts here, with four concerts still to come.
Did you know…?
…GCC’s concert series was re-invented to be called “Simple Gifts” in 2006 when staff and volunteers crafted the vision, “With its variety of musical styles and sonorities, Simple Gifts hopes to touch and nourish the souls of all who enter here, creating a celebration through music shared by congregational, community and international artists.”
…Simple Gifts runs on a zero budget? All costs for the series come from donations to the music ministry. We strive to engage GCC members and community groups in our performances each season, and employ volunteers to setup/teardown in order to minimize impact on the facilities staff.
…Simple Gifts has a small army of dedicated volunteers that make the weekly operations of running a performance venue smooth. Thanks, kudos, and pats-on-the-backs go to these incredible people:
• Sheryl Long – publicity
• Dan Fergus – graphics
• Doug Hively & the “stage crew” who set up/take down for each event. (There are so many in this group it is difficult to name all of you)
• Maren Miller, Margaret Ludemann & all of our ambassadors/ushers (Again, a large group)
• Tricia Melzer Swaydrak, Katherine Hughes – artistic & program development
Are you someone who would like to join the volunteer ranks? If so, contact Gary Wendt. Are you someone who would like to be in our audience? Don’t miss out – join us:
Thursday, April 4 @ 7pm – The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Choirs
Saturday, April 13 @ 7:30pm – Sing to Live Community Chorus
Sunday, April 28 @ 4pm – American Guild of Organists Young Artist Recital – featuring organists Adam Gruber, Madeleine Woodworth and Jonathan Rudy, First Place/Audience Prize Winner of the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance
Sunday, May 19 @ 3pm – Organ Walk 8 (featuring organs at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, New Church, St. David’s Church and GCC)