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First Thursday Downtown Noontime Concert Series

The noontime concert series is presented by the First Presbyterian Church in cooperation with the Missouri Western State University Department of Music and with financial assistance from the Commerce Bank of St. Joseph. The concerts are held on the first Thursday of each month September through April with the exception of January. The series was begun in 1999 and is now in it's 18th Season!

The audience is invited to bring lunch and eat while listening to the performance beginning at 12:10 and lasting about 35 minutes in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, 7th & Jules. There will be an opportunity to meet the performer(s) after the concert. In order to meet expenses and to insure the continuation of the series, a minimum donation of four dollars per person is suggested.

Performances for the 2016-17 season included:

Sep. 1 - Matthew Edwards, piano

Oct. 6 - Lee & Helen Harrelson, euphonium

Nov. 3 - MWSU Jazz Musicians, Bob Long, coordinator

Dec. 1 - Jason Riley, guitar, with Shawn Minter, vocalist

(No Concert in January)

Feb. 2 - The Wires: Laurel Morgan, violin, & Sascha Groschang, cello

Mar. 2 - MWSU Chamber Music Students, led by Professor Rico McNeela

Apr. 6 - MWSU Concert Chorale & Chamber Singers, Elise Hepworth, conductor