May 5, 2017: Friday, 7 PM. First Friday Music: Sara Truelove, clarinetist, plays a recital accompanied by Wicks at the piano, at Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W. Main St. Music composed by Stamitz, Reger and Wicks. Freewill offering.
May 21, 2017: Sunday, 7 PM. Concert of the Encore Women’s Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Melinda Beyers, to include the premiere of Wicks’ setting of “Exile’s Longing,” a poem by Ahmed Shawqi, an Egyptian poet, and leading figure in the ‘Arabic Renaissance’ of the early twentieth century. At Tualatin United Methodist Church, 20200 SW Martinazzi Av. in Tualatin, Ore. Free.
June 4, 2017: Sunday, 4 PM. Concert of “Ensemble for These Times” to include performance of “If Still Your Orchards Bear,” a movement from “Three Elegiac Songs” by Wicks for soprano, cello and piano, on poems by Edna Millay. The concert will also include two songs by Wicks on poems by Christina Rossetti: “A Song for All Maries” and “Love Is Strong As Death.” Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, California.
June 10, 2017: Saturday, 2 PM. Concert of “Ad Lucem” (“Towards the Light,” a women’s vocal ensemble directed by Bev Ratajak, and including singers such as Alison Seeber, Julie Tourtelotte and Laura Yeates) to include the premieres of Wicks’ settings of “Psalm 25″ and “The Raising of Lazarus from the Dead.” At Queen of Angels Monastery at 840 S. Main Street in Mount Angel, Oregon.
July 7, 2017: Friday, 7 PM. First Friday Music: Katherine Couch Parks, principal cellist for the Salem Philharmonia and instructor of cello at Western Oregon University. Music by Beethoven, R. Schumann and Wicks, at Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W. Main St. Freewill offering.
July 8, 2017: Saturday, 4:30 PM. Graduate degree recital of Emily Potter, flutist and student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England. Performance to take place at St. Martin’s Parish Church in Epsom, and to include “Four Miniatures” and “Sonata for Flute and Piano” by Wicks.
September 1, 2017: Friday, 7 PM. First Friday Music: Aimee Larsen-Amend, soprano, sings music by Wicks, Schubert and Bach, with Wicks at piano and organ, clarinetist Sara Truelove, and others, at Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W. Main St. Freewill offering.
October 15, 2017: Sunday, 3:30 PM. Ensemble Aalto plays in the monthly concert series in Junction City, Oregon, to take place at Faith Lutheran Church at 926 W. 6th Avenue. Aage Nielsen, master of the medieval double reed instrument known as the doucaine, will play with Wicks at the organ. Music by various composers, including Wicks himself.
November 3, 2017: Friday, 7 PM. First Friday Music: Christopher Wicks plays Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 30, the ‘Hammerklavier.’ At Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W. Main St. Freewill offering.
December 10, 2017: Sunday, 3 PM. Eighth Annual Advent Organ Recital at the Mount Angel Abbey Church. Music by Bach, Bruhns, Reger and Wicks himself, including collaboration with the soprano Aimee Larsen Amend. One Abbey Drive, St. Benedict, Ore. Freewill offering.
January 5, 2018: Friday, 7 PM. First Friday Music: Ensemble Aalto (Aage Nielsen, doucaine (medieval double reed); Christopher Wicks, organ and piano) plays music ancient and modern, including compositions by Wicks. At Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W. Main St. Freewill offering.