October 15, 2017: Sunday, 5 PM. Bach Cantata Vespers service to include presentation of Bach’s BWV 80, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” and also Wicks’ choral motet “If You Continue in My Word.” A celebration of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Lutheran Reformation. St. James Lutheran Church, 1315 SW Park Ave., Portland, Ore. Free will offering.
November 3, 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, cellist Tommy Leinonen, trumpeter Brett Randolph, and violinist Marjory Lange, at Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W. Main St. Freewill offering.
November 4, 2017: Saturday, 7:30 PM. Concert of the Southern Oregon Chapter of NACUSA (National Association of Composers of the USA) to include the “Bassoon Sonatina” by Christopher Wicks, played by Bruce Shay, and works by several other Oregonian composers. At the United Congregational Church of Christ at 717 Siskiyou Blvd. in Ashland, Ore. $10 general, $5 students.
December 10, 2017: Sunday, 3 PM. Eighth Annual Advent Organ Recital at the Mount Angel Abbey Church. Music by Bach, Bruhns, Buxtehude 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.
February 3 and February 10, 2018: Saturdays at 2 PM. Premiere of Wicks’ half-hour opera “Love Is Strong As Death,” op. 641, for three singers (Aimee Amend, Alison Seeber, and Bennett Bailey) and piano (Debra Huddleston), on an original libretto. At the Mount Angel Abbey Library Auditorium, One Abbey Drive, St. Benedict, Ore. Freewill offering.
March 2, 2018: Friday, 7 PM. First Friday Music: Marjory Lange, violinist and violist, collaborating with Wicks as pianist and composer. Music by Mozart and Wicks, as well as the violin sonata of Swedish Romanticist Wilhelm Peterson-Berger. At Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W. Main St. Freewill offering.