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 onUpcomienriching 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 Southside Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) is now gearing up for its 2018-19 season! Attending one of our concerts is an important way to help us continue, and we’ve got two superb programs coming up soon. On Friday October 19th we will be right here 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 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 will present 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 is a sonic event that has probably never been attempted in CUCC and will be an unforgettable experience.

On December 15th and 16th, SPO will once again collaborate with Dancers’ Alley for Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker ballet in Miller PAC—this year for three performances:
       Dec. 15, 7:00pm
       Dec. 16, 2:00pm & 6:00pm.

Tickets for these programs can be purchased online or at the door. Information and tickets for our Early Baroque concert here in CUCC can already be found on our website: SouthsidePhilharmonic.org