Music and More on Grand

The Fine Arts Committee is financially supported by the Jane Ruby Fine Arts Endowment Fund.  We seek to offer a variety of artistic events to enrich your faith journey.

November 18, 2018, 4:00 PM – “WDMUMC’s Got Talent
“WDMUMC’s Got Talent” will kick off the Music and More on Grand Fine Arts Series for 2018-2019. Our own musicians will take the stage on November 18 at 4:00 pm. From eight years old to eighty, from bells, marimba, vocal, instruments to organ, an afternoon of great music awaits. A free-will offering will be received. Reception in the Friendship Room following the concert. Don’t miss the fun…invite your friends!

January 13, 2019- Carl Gravander, Organ Recital
Carl is a graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, where he earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in organ performance.

Carl began playing the organ at the age of 10. He held his first permanent church position at 14.

Carl is the organist at Plymouth Congregational Church and College organist at Simpson College. He serves as accompanist for the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble. Carl also plays the carillon at St. Paul’s Cathedral and was featured recitalist in the 1992 Congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America & the 2011 Region VI American Guild of Organists Convention performance Competition in 1984. You will not want to miss this concert!

March 10, 2019 Ed and Francine Griffith- Tenor Soloist and Pianist

Ed Griffith  made his professional, operatic debut, as “Bepe” in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci with the Nashville Opera. Mr. Griffith has performed leading roles in numerous operas in the Des Moines metropolitan area as well as many cities across the United States. Ed has developed a following as a very engaging recitalist. 

Francine Griffith is Staff Accompanist at Drake University. Since earning her BME from Drake, Francine has taught Elementary Music in the Waukee School District. She is a private teacher and children’s choir director at Plymouth Congregational Church and has been a music director, coach, and pianist.

April 19, 2019– Good Friday Tenebrae Service with string quartet from Des Moines Symphony.

The Service of Darkness  features soloists, vocal ensembles, and a professional String Quartet from the Des Moines Symphony, this service highlights the shadows of Good Friday as we remember the Crucifixion of Christ.

April 28, 2019– Celebration in Jazz, Des Moines Big Band Combo will lead worship services at 8:30 and 11:00 AM.

The celebration continues the Sunday after Easter with a jazz combo from the Des Moines Big Band led by Bryan Schumacker. The combo will play traditional jazz charts that will keep your toes tapping as well as lead us in worship.