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From our Director of Music and the Arts


Welcome to our 2019-2020 Celebrate the Arts Series! As the new Director of Music and the Arts at Doylestown Presbyterian Church, I’m excited to share in these wonderful musical offerings with you. In 2020, we are excited to welcome Amsterdam-born violinist Tosca Opdam, as well as a return appearance by the Hofstra University Chamber Choir. Our season concludes with a unique concert of organ duo music presented by Eri Takeguchi and DPC’s own Mina Choi. An experience for the eyes as much as the ears, come and see how Eri and Mina coordinate their four hands and four feet on our magnificent 52-rank Schantz organ!

Celebrate the Arts (CTA) is funded solely through donations and free-will offerings. If you value the many ways CTA benefits our congregation and the community at large, I ask that you consider making a donation. If you have supported Celebrate the Arts in the past, I thank you for your continuing sponsorship and hope that you will join us again this year.
You can donate online at http://bit.ly/2fenIXT, entering your donation under “Celebrate the Arts.”
I look forward to enjoying these musical offerings with you this season!

Mark Helms

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Sunday, February 23, 4:00 pm
An Afternoon of Violin with Tosca Opdam


Born in Amsterdam, violinist Tosca Opdam has been recognized for her “beautifully sustained long lines” and “soloist qualities.” Tosca studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Julliard School of Music. She made her solo orchestral debut at the age of 11, won first prize in the prestigious Dutch Oskar Back Violin Competition 2011, performed as part of the 2015 Liberation Day Concert broadcast on Dutch national television, and made her recital debut at Carnegie Hall in June 2018. Tosca plays a Matteo Gofriller violin from 1700, which is generously on loan to her by a private collector. Join Tosca for an afternoon of glorious music for solo violin and piano!
Free-will offering received.
Reception to follow.

Saturday, March 21, 7:00 pm
Hofstra University Chamber Choir


We welcome the Hofstra University Chamber Choir back for their fourth performance at DPC. Directed by Dr. David Fryling, the Chamber Choir is the smallest and most select of the Hofstra choral ensembles, and comprises singers from both within and outside the Department of Music. Specializing in the distinct art of unaccompanied ensemble singing, the group prides itself on its mastery of a widely eclectic repertoire spanning traditional, contemporary, and multicultural genres, dating from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century.
Please note that this concert takes place on SATURDAY evening. Free-will offering received.

Sunday, May 17, 4:00 pm
Duo Organist Concert


Mina Choi, our DPC organist, and Eri Takeguchi (Japan) from Saarbrücken, Germany will feature organ repertoires for four hands. The program will include Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67, which is a symphonic fairy tale for children with a narrator, The Circle of Life, Op. 87b by Margaretha Christina de Jong (b. 1961), and many other exciting and rarely-heard organ duo repertoires. Come and enjoy this special offering!
Free-will offering received.
Reception to follow.

Sunday, June 7
Philadelphia Bronze

Save the date as we look forward to a concert by the advanced auditioned handbell ensemble Philadelphia Bronze. Details coming soon.