Classics at First

The Concert Series of First Presbyterian Church in Greenwood, Mississippi

Recently the Session approved the use of funds from the Memorial Gift Fund to establish a classical music concert series here at FPC. The name of the series is “Classics at First”. The Mississippi Delta is rich in the visual and musical arts, but there is a void in the area of classical music being presented on a regular basis. With an acoustically resplendent sanctuary, world-class pipe organ, and local and regional talent, this series proposes to be an ongoing provider of classical music recitals. If you haven’t been exposed to much classical music in your life, you are encouraged to attend these programs. You will be the better for it!

For the 2018-2019 five programs are planned; two this fall, and three in late winter and early spring. The first program was the Delta Camerata. The next concert is scheduled for Monday, October 22, and will feature Ezekiel Andrew McCall, a vocalist born and raised in Greenwood.

Ezekiel, age 30, finished his junior and senior years of high school at the Mississippi School for the Arts in Brookhaven, Mississippi. He then completed a bachelor degree in vocal performance from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. He has two Masters of music degrees, one from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and one from the University of Southern Mississippi.

He currently resides in Sarasota, Florida and is traveling the country singing in operas and operettas, musical theater productions, and acting in Shakespearean plays. His roles include Rigoletto in “Rigoletto” with Southern Mississippi Opera and Musical Theater Co., and the Phantom, in “Phantom of the Opera” produced by the same company. Jim in “Big River”, Coalhouse Walker, Jr., in “Ragtime” both produced by the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater Co., Kerchak in “Disney’s Tarzan” produced by Lubbock Moonlight Musicals in Lubbock, TX, to name just a few.

Ezekiel’s concert at First Presbyterian Church will be classical in nature, but will include sacred and spirituals as well. This will be his first public performance ever in Greenwood! He has graciously offered to sing in our worship service on Sunday, October 21 as well. It is exciting to be able to introduce him to his own hometown!