November 1, 2019: Friday, 7 PM. Mitch Iimori, oboist and eminent musical personality from Portland, plays for First Friday Music at Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W. Main St. Wicks will accompany him at the piano, and the program will include the premiere of Wicks’ new oboe sonata, besides music by Benedetto Marcello and Camille Saint-Saens. Mitch will moreover play Japanese folk instruments. Donations appreciated.
December 8, 2019: Sunday, 3 PM. Tenth Annual Advent Organ Recital at the Mount Angel Abbey Church, One Abbey Drive, St. Benedict, Oregon. Music by Bach, de Grigny, and Mr. Wicks himself, together with alto Ellen Gordon Yager. The recital will be thematically coordinated with the Advent Retreat which will be given at the Abbey from Friday, December 6 to December 8 by Br. Cyril Drnjevic, OSB, with an emphasis on music for liturgies in the Christmas season which are often missed by laypeople. Donations appreciated.
January 3, 2020: Friday, 7 PM. Marjory Lange, violinist plays a recital for the First Friday Music Series at Silverton United Methodist Church at 203 West Main Street. Sonatas by J.S. Bach and C.M. von Weber, a divertimento by Haydn, and a new version of Wicks’ seventh violin sonata, with a newly added fourth and final movement. Donations appreciated.
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.
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, violinist Stephanie Barth, and cellist Katherine Couch Parks. 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 “Prayer of Saint Catherine of Siena”), Couperin (his first “Shadow Lesson for Holy Wednesday”) and J.S. Bach (an aria from the “St. Matthew Passion”). Donations appreciated.