couts music series

Presented free of charge to the community.

Second Presbyterian Church is proud to present the Couts Music Series as part of its outreach to the community. The series is made possible by the generosity of Dr. Fred Couts, with additional support from individual donations to the series.

Second Presbyterian Church is an accessible building. Childcare is available with a reservation to the church office by the Wednesday prior to each program. Free parking is available on the street, in a small parking lot next to the church on Westminster Place, and in the parking lot located at 462 North Taylor (at the corner of Olive and Taylor) diagonally across from the church.

2019-2020 Schedule

Michael Unger Organ Recital           

Sunday, October 27

4:00 pm

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Michael Unger is a multiple award-winning performer who has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in North America, Europe, Japan, and South Korea. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Unger is the Assistant Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In 2018, he performed for the national convention of the American Guild of Organists in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Unger’s program on Second Presbyterian’s Schantz pipe organ includes music of J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, and more. This concert is generously presented in memory of Monica Korte.

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Fall Concert

Sunday, November 17

4:00 pm

The Second Church Chorale and Chamber Orchestra with conductor Andrew Peters present music for the Thanksgiving season. The program opens with enchanting, brief orchestral works by Karl Abel, William Boyce, and Henry Purcell. Singers of the Chorale conclude the concert with George Frederick Handel’s magnificent Dettingen Te Deum. Commissioned in 1743, the work celebrates the British victory in the Battle of Dettingen. Additional singers are welcome to join the Chorale for this concert. Please contact the music office for further details including the rehearsal schedule.

Advent Vespers

Sunday, December 8

4:00 pm

The Advent hymn “The Advent of Our God” provides the foundation for this afternoon’s Vespers. Presented on the second Sunday of Advent the readings and music give those gathered an opportunity to pause and reflect during the chaotic month of December. Acclaimed St. Louis jazz pianist Carolbeth True and percussionist David True offer improvisations on a variety of Advent carols, including familiar favorites. The Second Church Choir, the Second Church Handbell Choir, and organist Andrew Peters will provide additional music offerings.

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Anita Jackson Concert

Sunday, January 19

4:00 pm

Come join us for a dazzling afternoon of song and music with Anita Jackson and friends. A graduate of the American Music and Dramatic Academy in New York, Anita Jackson has performed nationally and internationally in theater productions, concerts, and workshops. She has recorded as a background vocalist for numerous artists including Patti Austin, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Bette Midler. Ms. Jackson will be joined with her trio of piano, bass, and drums and perform music commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony

Sunday, February 2

4:00 pm

Since 2006, the Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony have taken their finely-honed ensemble skills from the symphonic concert stage to intimate chamber music settings across the United States. The International Trombone Association Journal, in a review of their most recent recording Fleur de Lis cited "an astonishing amount of versatility and virtuosity". The Trombones will present works they have commissioned from composers with strong St. Louis roots including Caleb Burhans (Alarm Will Sound) and Adam Maness (The 442s). They also will perform their own arrangements of works by Giovanni Gabrieli, Sergei Prokofiev, and others.

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Silent Movie: The Kid Brother

Sunday, March 1

4:00 pm

Harold Lloyd shows his talents in this 1927 American classic comedy silent film. Still considered by critics and fans as one of Lloyd's best films, The Kid Brother blends comedy, romance, and drama in one action-packed film. Lloyd stars as the town sheriff’s bashful son who has the chance to prove himself when a medicine show comes into town. Andrew Peters provides live organ accompaniment to this 84 minute film.


Easter Hymn Festival

Sunday, April 26

4:00 pm

Join us for the final event on the 2019-20 Couts Music Series with this celebratory Easter Hymn Festival. In addition to hymns and readings, the festival includes music sung by the choirs of Pilgrim Congregational Church, Second Presbyterian Church, and Westminster Presbyterian Church. Organ, handbells, brass, and timpani will lead the singing of hymns as the choirs and audience celebrate the joy of the Easter season.

Past Couts Music Series Events:

  • Aaron Copland Birthday Concert

  • Advent Vespers

  • All-Haydn Concert with choir and orchestra

  • Andrew Peters organ recital

  • Angel Riley, soprano with Andrew Peters, piano and organ

  • Arianna String Quartet

  • Bach Society of St. Louis Young Artists

  • Brian Owens Duo

  • Bosman Twins

  • Carolbeth True Jazz Quartet

  • Charlene Clarke, violin and Deborah Bloom, piano from the St. Louis Symphony

  • Chanson du Soir (Chelsea Camille, soprano and David Isaacs, guitar)

  • Collegium Vocale

  • Cornet Chop Suey

  • Cortango Orquesta from the St. Louis Symphony

  • Courtney Loveless Jazz Concert

  • Dawn Weber Trio

  • Doane College Choir

  • Douglas Cleveland organ recital

  • Duruflé Concert with the Choirs of Ladue Chapel and Second Church

  • Earth Day Hymn Festival with Susan Slaughter and the Monarch Brass

  • Eastertide Vespers featuring music of English composers

  • Faythe Freese organ recital

  • Festival of Ralph Vaughan Williams with the choirs of Christ Church Cathedral Choir and Second Church

  • Gateway Ringers Handbell Choir

  • Greenville University Choir

  • Handel's Dettington Te Deum with the Second Church Chorale and Orchestra

  • Le Jazz Hot!

  • Legend Singers

  • Lent Concert with Derek Dahlke, tenor and Andrew Peters, accompanist

  • Lincoln University Choir

  • Love Songs Concert with Cole Seaton, tenor and Andrew Peters, pianist

  • Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time performed by members of St. Louis Symphony

  • Noteworthy Duo (Lisa Schroeder, flute and Michael Nigro, guitar)

  • Part I of Edward Elgar's The Apostles with the Second Church Chorale and Orchestra

  • Perseid String Quartet

  • Peter Henderson piano recital

  • Schubert G Major Mass with the Second Church Chorale and Orchestra

  • Second Church 175th Anniversary Concert

  • Silent Movies accompanied by Andrew Peters

  • St. Louis Archdiocesan Handbell Choir Concert

  • Thomas and Tricia Jostlein horn concert with organist Andrew Peters and tenor Derek Dahlke

  • Todd Wilson Organ Concert

  • Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem with the Second Church Chorale and Orchestra

  • Veterans Day Concert with patriotic hymns, readings, and music of Fauré

  • Vitali String Quartet

  • W. Mark Akin, Guitar Concert

  • Windows Concert with music highlighting the Tiffany windows in the Sanctuary

  • Yael Handelman, soprano with Andrew Peters, piano

  • Yunji Shim Voice Recital

Advent Vespers

Courtney Loveless Jazz Concert

Dawn Weber Trio

Lincoln University Choir


Join us for worship every Sunday at 10:30 am
at the corner of Westminster & Taylor in the Central West End


4501 Westminster Place

Saint Louis, MO  63108

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