Driven to nuture community through the presentation of the musical arts, the Open Door Concert Series presents a diverse series of musical events throughout the year. From jazz to celtic, pipe organ to piano, there's something for everyone.
All concerts are free of charge, begin at 4:00 PM, and are followed by a reception with the performer. Want to know more? Join our mailing list! Or email us with your questions or comments.
This series is made possible by our patrons and community supporters. You can join these generous benefactors by becoming a patron today.
Gabrielle Goodman launches the season with a tribute to Duke Ellington. Goodman is a professor at the Berklee College of Music and has performed alongside numerous jazz, classical, and gospel ensembles, commanding standing ovations around the world. In addition to performing with her band, she will lead an interview with Mercedes Ellington, granddaughter of Duke Ellington, to learn more about this pivotal figure in the history of American music, and about the modern mission of the Duke Ellington Foundation.
“One of the best singers around today” - Roberta Flack
It's hard to imagine an artist in traditional Irish music more influential than Seamus Egan. From his beginnings as a teen prodigy, to his founding of the powerhouse band Solas, to his current work as a leading composer and interpreter of the tradition, Egan has inspired multiple generations of musicians and helped define the sound of Irish music today. Since 2018, Egan has toured with friends and musical colleagues as the Seamus Egan Project.
“One of the Titans of Irish-American Music” - Living Tradition
The Baltimore Consort was formed to feature the music of Shakespeare's time; energetic, toe-tapping music found in taverns, on street corners, and accompanying dances. The Consort’s extraordinary musicianship has elevated it to one of the finest early music ensembles today. The ensemble's music is infused with joy, just as it was for listeners hundreds of years ago.
“A serene and beautiful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.” - New York Times
“It ought to be offensive that the most exhilarating Scots music performance to turn up on our native soil this year should come from America” - The Scotsman, Scotland's National Newspaper
Organist Aaron David Miller is noted for his highly imaginative and creative style, found in his many performances and compositions. Prize winner of several prestigious competitions, he is particularly recognized for his amazing improvisations,: organ compositions dreamed up in front of the audience. Dr. Miller is regularly featured in churches and concert halls around the world.
“An impressive display of swirling virtuosity” - Los Angeles Times
Windborne draws from the deep roots of vocal harmony, bringing old songs to the present with their bold harmonies, youthful energy, and engaging personalities. This talented vocal quartet effortlessly shifts between different styles of music. They draw inspiration from folk music's longtime alliance with social activism and movements that champion the oppressed, the poor, and the disenfranchised. The singers educate as they entertain, sharing stories and building relationships.
“The best musical discovery of the year…stunningly powerful Windborne sets a new bar for harmony singing today! - National Public Radio
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We invite you to become an Open Door Concert Series patron to help bring quality music to the Williamsburg community.
Questions about patron support can be directed to , or the church office at 757-229-4235.
Checks can be made payable to "Williamsburg Presbyterian Church" with "Open Door Concerts" in the memo line. We like to acknowledge our patrons in our concert programs. Please include a note to specify how you would like your name(s) listed in the programs, or if you would prefer to stay anonymous. Checks may be mailed or dropped off to the church office:
Williamsburg Presbyterian Church
215 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Williamsburg Presbyterian Church offers the simple and secure convenience of online giving.
The series is partially supported by grants from the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission and the Williamsburg Community Foundation.