February 7, 2020. Friday, 7 PM. Dolores D’Aigle, violinist, plays a recital for the First Friday Music Series at Silverton United Methodist Church at 203 West Main Street, accompanied by Wicks, and including his fifth violin sonata, and a suite by Sr. Anne Cecile Daigle (1908-1998), an influential composer and teacher in the Portland area. Also appearing will be the violist Gwen Sieben for a collection of trios based on Scandinavian folk music. Donations appreciated.
February 23, 2020. Sunday, 2 PM. Concert of new viola music through the Oregon Viola Society, to take place at the Community Music Center at 3350 SE Francis Street in Portland. Marjory Lange, violist, will play the premiere of Wicks’ fifth viola sonata with Wicks at the piano, in a program rich with surprises and delights from many composers and performers.
March 22, 2020. Sunday, 3 PM. Christopher Wicks will play an organ recital at First United Methodist Church in Salem, Oregon, including some of his own compositions. The Lenten theme is Psalm 137, “Beside the Streams of Babylon: Exile and Lamentation,” and, besides playing solo organ music by J.S. Bach and Reincken, Wicks will play the piano or organ for choral or chamber compositions of his inspired by that psalm. Fellow performers include soprano Aimee Larsen Amend, mezzo Allison Knotts, violinist Stephanie Barth, cellist Katherine Couch Parks, and harpist Kimberly Taylor. Ms. Taylor will premiere Wicks’ first harp sonata. At 600 State Street in downtown Salem. Suggested donation $10.
April 3, 2020. Friday, 7 PM. Ellen Gordon Yager, mezzo-soprano, and Marjory Lange, violinist and violist, perform for a First Friday Concert at Silverton United Methodist Church at 203 West Main Street. With a Lenten theme, this concert will feature music by Wicks (his new “Viola Sonata No. 5″), Couperin (his first “Shadow Lesson for Holy Wednesday”) and J.S. Bach (an aria from the “St. Matthew Passion”). Donations appreciated.
June 5, 2020. Friday, 7 PM. Andrew White, baritone, to present a First Friday Concert at Silverton United Methodist Church at 203 West Main Street, with Wicks at the piano. To include the premiere of a cycle of seven songs composed by Wicks on original sonnets in the French language. Dr. White is a professor of voice at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Donations appreciated.
December 6, 2020. Sunday, 3 PM. Eleventh Annual Advent Organ Concert at the Mount Angel Abbey Church, with Christopher Wicks and Friends. Music composed by Dietrich Buxtehude and by Wicks himself, with soprano Catherine van der Salm, mezzo-soprano Kristen Buhler, and Wicks playing the Abbey’s Ott pipe organ. Including the premiere of Wicks’ “A Crown of Sonnets for the Incarnation,” a setting of seven original poems. Donations appreciated.