Organ and art students to showcase talent at First Friday series in Lincoln

Music, art and fine cuisine are on the menu for the First Friday concert series and art exhibition at Saint Paul United Methodist Church in Lincoln. Students from Concordia University, Nebraska will perform on the organ and display original artwork as part of the series after an 11:30 a.m. lunch on Friday, Feb. 7.

"We always encourage our students to take every opportunity to perform. That is one of the key ways in which a musician grows,” Professor of Music and University Organist Jeffrey Blersch said. “I also appreciate the opportunity for Concordia’s music department to reach out into the Lincoln community. This gives students an opportunity to perform for a different audience."

The First Friday series is in its 13th season at Saint Paul. The church offers a $5 lunch prior to a free concert and art show to highlight local artists on the first Friday of each month during the academic year. The art show is a new addition this season.

Concordia first contributed to the series in 2010 when Blersch performed at one of the concerts. He then took students to perform in February 2012 and was asked to bring organists again this year.

The series is open to the public, beginning with lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a concert at 12:10 p.m. Tom Trenney, minister of music at First-Plymouth Congregational Church will perform on Saint Paul’s Bedient organ. Concordia organ performances will include music by composers Vincent Lubeck, Jean Sebastian Bach, Charles-Marie Widor, Dietrich Buxtehude and Paul Manz.

Performers are:

James Clausen, junior, Hull, Iowa
Erik Geilenkirchen, sophomore, North Platte, Neb.
Peter Klinge, junior, State Center, Iowa
Barbara Leising, junior, Arapahoe, Neb.
Matthew Porath, senior, Lincoln, Neb.
Sarah Smith, junior, Unadilla, Neb.
Thomas Wyatt, junior, Bethel, Minn.
Philip Yox, freshman, Mt. Pleasant, Texas

The art exhibition will feature work by art majors and scholarship endowment recipients from the 2013 Concordia Student Art Exhibition, a juried art show judged by full-time faculty in Concordia’s art department.

Artists include:

Crystal Bauer, senior, Sebewaing, Mich.
Jacy Beeson, senior, Waverly, Neb.
Sarah Bowe, junior, Omaha, Neb.
Amber Deepe, junior, Deshler, Neb.
Leah Eklof, senior, Cokato, Minn.
Jenelle Hallaert, senior, Omaha, Neb.
Nicole Hill, senior, Kansas City, Mo.
Grace Hollenbeck, junior, Parker, Colo.
Laura Kresha, senior, Omaha, Neb.
Mary Masur, senior, David City, Neb.
Alyssa McAfee, senior, Dannebrog, Neb.
Elise Ortmeier, senior, Beemer, Neb.
Teresa Plamann, graduate, Lincoln, Neb.
Brandon Ramos, junior, Wailukum, Hawaii
Michael Scheer, senior, Seward, Neb.
Ali Schuerman, senior, Crete, Neb.
Jennifer Smith, senior, Seward, Neb.
Dane Stahr, senior, Lincoln, Neb.
Hannah Uden, senior, Hastings, Neb.
Mitchell Volk, junior, Lincoln, Neb.
Jessica Wagner, senior, St. Louis, Mo.
Alyssa Wilson, senior, Fremont, Calif.
Micah Witt, sophomore, Faribault, Minn.
Luke Wohlgemuth, senior, Alton, Iowa

Saint Paul United Methodist Church is located at 1144 M Street in Lincoln, Neb.

About Concordia University, Nebraska

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Neb. that currently serves over 2,200 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit