Central UCC has always been one of the anchors in the historic Old Munichburg/Southside of Jefferson City. This church was, for so many years, the center of this community. We are working hard to reclaim that place and that role in Jefferson City. One way we are trying to do that is to open our doors to the wider community with some new and exciting  initiatives.  One of these new ideas is The Southside Philharmonic Orchestra—a new chamber orchestra which will be based here at Central UCC and featuring some of the finest classical musicians from Jefferson City and Columbia. Our very own Dr. Patrick Clark is its Artistic Director and Conductor.  The focus of the orchestra will be on enriching the cultural climate of our community, encouraging excellence in music performance and providing audiences the opportunity to experience a diverse repertoire of music.

The Southside Philharmonic Orchestra is an Arts Outreach of Central United Church of Christ.

Check out SPO’s website at www.southsidephilharmonic.org

Upcoming Events

“The Nutcracker – one of the most treasured December holiday traditions of our time. Dancers and audiences alike are swept away in Clara’s magical dream of toy soldiers, the Land of Sweets, and the Sugar Plum fairy. Featuring local dancers, spectacular costumes and a delightful stage set, Dancers’ Alley’s community production of The Nutcracker is a much-loved and greatly anticipated holiday event. We are thrilled to be joined again by the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra for this special performance! Winter 2018 will mark our eleventh performance of this beautiful ballet.”  – Dancers’ Alley

Please visit the Dancer’s Alley event page for The Nutcracker for more information.

There will be three performances of The Nutcracker this year.
       Saturday Dec. 15, 7:00pm
       Sunday Dec. 16, 1:00pm & 6:00pm.

Tickets will be available to purchase beginning November 12th. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children 12 and under. Children and Seniors (65+) may purchase tickets for the Sunday (6:00pm) evening performance at a special price of $10. 

Please make all advance ticket purchases at Dancers’ Alley during studio hours (4pm to 9pm M-Th and Sat 10am to 4pm) or over the phone. Ticket transactions are not available through Facebook. Ticket Venue: Dancers’ Alley – 515 East McCarty St, Jefferson City (573) 635 6610

*Any remaining tickets that are not sold in advance will be available to purchase the day of each performance at Miller Performing Arts Center. Please keep in mind if the show is not sold out, seats and quantities will be limited at the door*

Recent Performances

The Southside Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) opened its 2018-19 season at home in the CUCC Sanctuary with a rare set of early Italian Baroque masterpieces by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) and Giovanni Gabrieli (1556-1612).

This music is more than 400 years old (!), and would have been heard by audiences contemporary with William Shakespeare. 1600 is typically considered to be the end of the Renaissance and beginning of the Baroque in music. The music by Monteverdi and Gabrieli inevitably exhibits characteristics of both eras but most importantly they both developed bold innovations that would define the Baroque era so commonly associated with Vivaldi and Bach who lived more than a century later.
As unlikely as this may seem, the music of Claudio Monteverdi would have struck the ears of his audiences at the time with effect similar to the Beatles sound to audiences in 1960’s America. Monteverdi’s music was startlingly fresh, abandoning much of the formal discipline from the previous (15th) century—a‘pure science of relationships’ in the words of
American musicologist Lewis Lockwood—in favor of emotionally expressive music that served the meaning of the text. In the case of Monteverdi’s madrigals, the music and text are achingly poignant, and one must hear this to appreciate the truth of this statement.

All noble brass writing through to the present finds its origin in the compositional methods of Gabrieli who was famous in St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice for writing magnificent works that split brass choirs into every available corner of the cathedral for dramatic spatial effect. SPO presented seven of Gabrieli’s brass works, some containing twelve independent parts and instruments simultaneously, in the authentic antiphonal style within the Central United Church of Christ—this was a sonic event that had probably never been attempted in CUCC and should have been an unforgettable experience for attendees.