Calvary United Methodist Church | 131 West Second Street | Frederick, MD 21701 Church 301-662-1464 School 301-662-6783



We are pleased to announce that Calvary’s Community Concert Series will resume on September 18, 2022, and we have a full season, 8 concerts, waiting for you!

2022 Calvary UMC Community Concert Series Brochure

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Presented by the Music and Arts Ministry of Calvary United Methodist Church and support is provided through grants from The Frederick Arts Council, The Delaplaine Foundation, and The William Cross Foundation.

All concerts are free and open to the public.

Concerts begin at 3:00 p.m. Doors open at 2:30

Please note: Concert dates are firm at the time of posting and rarely change, but changes or cancellations by the artist/group and/or inclement weather may happen due to circumstances beyond our control. Email list subscribers will receive notice by email, and changes will be posted on this web page.

Concert Coordinator:  Joyce Summers,




September 18, 2022 – Andrew Sords, violinist

“An Afternoon of Romantic Violin, Part II”

Following collaborations with nearly 300 orchestras on four continents, award-winning American violinist Andrew Sords has garnered accolades for his performances combining virtuosity and radiant, soulful tone. A prolific recitalist, Mr. Sords returns to the Community Concert Series after his 2018 standing-ovation performance with the second concert of romantic violin music. The program will include works by Beethoven, Brahms, Bloch, and Sarasate, accompanied by Brian Wentzel, pianist.


October 16, 2022- Naho Bessho, pianist

Naho Besso, an accomplished pianist, is known for her lyrical and delicate tonality. Her awards include the Japan Classical Music Competition at age 19, and 2nd prize at Yangtze-River Cup International Competition in 2001. She earned her performance diploma from Boston University in 2006. Ms. Bessho’s program will include works by Dvořák, Poulenc, Brahms, and Schubert.

November 6, 2022- Danielle Cumming, guitarist, and John Wesley Wright, tenor vocalist

November 6, 2022- Danielle Cumming, guitarist, and John Wesley Wright, tenor vocalist

“North Meets South Duo”

Toronto-born guitarist Danielle Cumming, and American tenor John Wesley Wright from Rome, Georgia joined forces in 2007 when they met in Maryland as colleagues at Salisbury University. While their repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to modern popular music, it is African American spirituals that hold a central place in their performances and educational outreach programs. Recent highlights include performing for descendants of Frederick Douglass at “Frederick Douglass: Talbot County’s Native Son and International Hero, Bicentennial Prayer Breakfast” in Easton, Maryland; at the Roland Hayes Museum’s Harris Arts Center in Calhoun, Georgia, and at the 2022 National Folk Festival.

February 12, 2023 – Brian Ganz, pianist

Brian Ganz, a cornerstone of Calvary’s Community Concert Series, returns for another “All Chopin” concert as he continues his quest to perform every work of music by the great composer. This concert is an interactive and highly energetic performance where Mr. Ganz brings Chopin’s music to life with emotional power and warmth.

February 26, 2023- District5 Quintet

“Invitation to the Dance”

District5 will present a raucous program of music inspired by dance. This exciting program of piano transcriptions for wind quintet features works by Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Fanny Mendelssohn, Jean-Philippe Rameau, and many others. This award-winning ensemble comprised of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn has a unique repertoire that showcases the virtuosity, colors, and endless possibilities of the wind quintet.


March 12, 2023- Ronn McFarlane and Carolyn Surrick

Ronn McFarlane and Carolyn Surrick are distinguished artists of the lute and viola de gamba who have been champions of their respective instruments for decades, immersing themselves in music from the Renaissance and Baroque, music from Ireland and Scotland, and composing new works. Individually, they have been awarded, acclaimed, celebrated, and now finally, they have become musical partners in an extraordinary journey.  Their musicianship is impeccable, the ease with which they play together is stunning, and their music-making is a joy to behold.


April 16, 2023 – Lorenzo Cominoli and Danny Webber, guitar duo

Lorenzo Cominoli, Italian jazz guitarist, teacher, and composer, and Danny Webber, jazz, classical, rock guitarist, and teacher, and come together to present refined and melodic guitar music that explores many diverse musical traditions. Their program will include original compositions and arrangements that draw from contemporary jazz, folk/pop, and classical influences.

 April 30, 2023 – Westminster Ringers Handbell Choir

The Westminster Ringers, since 1997, is an auditioned group of handbell players under the direction of Larry Henning. The group performs using 85 Malmark handbells (spanning seven octaves) and seven octaves of Malmark Choirchimes, two octaves of Malmark Cymbells and assorted percussion instruments, making for one of the largest collections of bell and chime instruments in the Mid-Atlantic area. They are designated a Community/Professional Group by the Handbell Musicians of America, a classification held by less than one percent of the member choirs and ensembles on Handbell Musicians of America’s roster. The program will include secular favorites and some familiar sacred songs.

The Westminster Ringers, Inc. is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to non-profit organization, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

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Support Calvary Music and Arts Ministry

Artistic expression, among the greatest of gifts offered to humankind, is meant to be shared with one another. It is the mission of Calvary’s Music and Arts Ministry to offer quality programs to our congregation and as an outreach to the community for little or no charge.

We are not funded by the general church budget, and rely primarily on contributions of supporters like you. Your generous contributions will allow us to continue offering concerts by our own church musicians as well as artists from around the country and throughout the world.

Tax-deductible contributions can be mailed to:
Calvary UMC
131 West Second Street
Frederick, MD 21701.
Please note “Music and Arts Ministry” in the check’s memo line. Please add “Community Concert Series” in the memo line.
Each contributor will receive an acknowledgement letter. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.