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An evening of music

by Katie Pearn


Looking for something uplifting to beat the winter blues? How does a free concert glorifying God sound? With hundreds of voices, and a 60+ piece orchestra, Centre Street Church’s Midwinter Concert organizers, Elmer Riegel and Becky Timmons, created this event to counter the doldrums that can creep in this time of year.

“Blue Monday [the third Monday in January] is supposed to be the lowest day in the whole year,” says Riegel, Orchestra Director of Centre Street Church. “There is kind of a lull, where there aren’t many concerts happening around then either. I was talking to Becky; we had thought that this concert idea would be something to try.”

In addition to wanting to bring some light into the dark mid-winter, Riegel and Timmons wanted to create a concert experience that was collaborative, so they invited some other choirs, who all have past and present connections to the CSC music ministry.

“We have had a real heritage in this church of embracing the arts for many years,” Riegel says. “We invited all of these people because we are all friends.”

The groups involved in the concert are Centre Street Church’s Choir and Orchestra, The CORE Choir, Harmony through Harmony and New West Symphony and Chorus.
“The concert is a way for all contributing groups to show unity, each of us in our own musical way, giving all glory to God,” says Timmons, Choir and Worship Pastor at CSC. “People can expect some awesome music. A real amazing variety, but still unified in the chord of God’s love for us. Consider it a pre-Valentine’s concert.”

Some of the classics that will be performed in this evening of music are the First Movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, and a selection from the Barber of Seville. This concert not only brings joy to attendees, it also brings hope to people in need, by giving audience members the chance to give back.

While it is a non-ticketed event, a freewill offering will be taken for a local charity. The first Mid-Winter Concert, which took place in February 2019, raised $11,000 for the Mustard Seed.

This year, all proceeds from the freewill offering will be given to the day care program at Sonshine Centre, a second-stage shelter provider for women and children fleeing violence in Calgary.

This concert is a part of a concert series put on by CSC, which includes the Mid-Autumn Concert and the Concert of Hope, which will take place on May 22, 2020 with proceeds going to Compassion Canada.

The Mid-Winter Concert will take place on February 7, 2020 at 7:30 at the Main Campus of Centre Street Church in Calgary. For more information, visit