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You are cordially invited to the St. James Concert Series!


We are very pleased to
resume our concert
schedule after the
COVID-19 hiatus.
Our selections for the
2021–2022 season are
chosen to inspire and
entertain. Led by our
music director and organist, Daniel Resch, and pianist, Michael Denison, our concerts feature beautiful voices and instrumentalists. Our season opened with a spooky concert of Halloween selections followed by the popular “Messiah” in December. In February we will be having our début gala concert of opera arias and songs to benefit our music program. May will see the Rachmaninoff
Piano Concerto No. 2. The season concludes with MenAlive celebrating LGBTQ Pride month in June. Bring all your friends!

—Evelyn Kroener, Concert Series Founder

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Tickets (under 18 always free!)

Our Concert Series wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our donors and their donations. Please consider making a donation today and becoming a supporter! Listed below are the different levels of giving and benefits:

Benefactor—$1,000 and up. 4 VIP seats per concert for the season. Listed as Benefactor in all programs and marketing materials

• Patron—$500–$999. 2 VIP seats per concert for the season. Listed as a Patron in all programs and marketing materials.

Friend—$100–$499. 1 VIP seat to one concert of your choice for the season. Listed as a Friend in all programs and marketing materials

All concerts (except the gala) are free-will donations.

Please contact Kayla in the church office to make a benefactor, patron, or friend donation.

St. James Episcopal Church is a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible organization. EIN: 35-2626206

Our office phone number is 949.675.0210.

Our 2021–2022 Concert Season

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Spooky Concert

Sunday, October 24, 2021 • 5 p.m.

Spooky, eerie music evoking ghosts, ghouls, and goblins will be performed by the spooktacular musicians of St. James Newport. The concert will feature costumed performances of well-known pieces such as Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre, Bach’s Toccata in D minor, the delightful I Put a Spell on You, and other fun Halloween-themed surprises. It’s going to be too shocking to miss!  

  • Freewill offering

  • Costumes encouraged!

  • Childcare provided

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‘Messiah’ Concert

Sunday, December 5, 2021 • 5 p.m.

We welcome the Laguna Chorale and the orchestra and choir of St. James Episcopal Church, conducted by Daniel F. Resch, in our annual tradition of performing Handel’s Messiah. Melodic and meaningful, the piece draws on both Old and New Testaments for universal appeal. The audience is encouraged to join in the singing of the “Hallelujah” chorus at the end. 

  • VIP Seating—$50 donation

  • Regular Seats—$25 donation

  • Childcare provided

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Gala Concert—Postponed

Due to the Omicron variant, we are postponing this February event until later on in the year.

Our first-ever gala to support St. James’ Concert Series brings rising stars of the opera to St. James for a concert filled with drama, beauty, and comedy. There will be a gala reception following the concert, featuring an “Artist-Choice Jukebox,” where you can bid for the stars to sing the song of your choosing! This first gala for St. James promises to be an unforgettable night of music and friendship!  

  • $75 ticket

  • Cocktail attire

  • Childcare provided

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Rachmaninoff/Fauré Concert

Sunday, May 1, 2022 • 5 p.m.

Two favorites from the Romantic era of music headline our May concert. Just as Rachmaninoff recovered from his depression and wrote this brilliant concerto, your spirit will soar with the emotion and sentimentality interpreted for us by Michael Denison on the piano with Daniel Resch at the organ. The program continues with Fauré’s moving “Requiem,” performed by the Laguna Beach Chorale, featuring St. James’ own Colin Ramsey, bass. Daniel Resch conducts the chorus and orchestra.

  • VIP Seating—$50 donation; Regular Seats—$25 donation

  • Childcare provided

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Pride Month Concert featuring MenAlive

Sunday, June 12, 2022 • 5 p.m.

The well-known Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus, MenAlive, will kick off the summer, celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month, with an upbeat celebration, including singing and dancing to delight and inspire, under the musical direction of artistic director Bob Gunn. “Through music, men’s voices unite to entertain, inform, bring healing, joy, friendship, and build bridges to the public at large.” 

  • VIP Seating—$50 donation

  • Regular Seats—$25 donation

  • Childcare provided