For over 250 years, members of the faith congregation known as Emmanuel have faithfully served the Hanover community.

Our concert series serves as an outreach to Hanover and surrounding communities to introduce them to the beauty of Emmanuel United Church of Christ and to offer them the unique gifts of music presented here. 

All concerts are free and open to the public--made possible by generous donors.  Free-will offerings are graciously received. A dessert reception follows each concert to give attendees the opportunity to meet and greet the performing artists.





    Sunday, September 23, 3 pm
Tom Colgan in Concert
Pianist Tom Colgan is joined by virtuoso guitarist Mark Ryan and bassist Dominic Iacavone in presenting selections from "The Great American Songbook" -- including songs by: Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, and Richard Rodgers.

Tom Colgan learned to play piano at his father’s knee. His dad, Hugh Colgan, taught him to read notes and to play chords. Later he studied classical music with Herb Springer. Tom has been playing in dance bands and jazz groups for more than sixty years.
Dominic Iacavone grew up in the Hershey, PA area hearing his Italian grandfather play accordion as his grandmother danced. He is largely self-taught, a fluent player of amazing versatility, at home in many genres of music on bass, saxophone, and keyboard.
Mark Ryan’s father was a jazz drummer in New York City, and Mark grew up rubbing shoulders with some of the finest musicians in the land. He now makes his home in Lititz, PA from which it’s a short drive to the Lancaster studio where he teaches guitar. Mark is highly respected for both his teaching and playing.

*Concert Sponsor: Sandy Rebert


Sunday, October 21, 3 pm
Walt Michael & Company

Walt Michael’s various incarnations, including Bottle Hill, Michael, McCreesh & Campbell and Walt Michael & Company have spanned nearly 40 years and taken him from the coal camps of Appalachia to the White House to the Winter Olympics.

Considered to be a virtuoso of tremendous influence in the revival of the hammered dulcimer, Walt’s wide repertoire ranges from old-time Southern Appalachian, to Celtic, to breath-taking original compositions.  As a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist he has recorded fourteen albums and instructional videos, appeared at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and toured extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and the UK.  His music has been heard on ABC-TV, NBC's Tonight Show, Broadway, BBC, TNN, CBC, OLN and PBS. At the closing ceremonies of the 13th Olympic Winter Games in 1980, 900 million world viewers heard his signature composition, Snowblind.   

Walt has composed and performed collaboratively with both the Pilobolus Dance Theater and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He was the musical producer, composer and recording artist for the Outdoor Living Network’s documentary, Cowboy 101, which premiered in October 2004. In 2005 he collaborated with 5-time Tennessee State Fiddle Champion Jim Wood to produce two instrumental albums featuring his signature hammered dulcimer artistry.  Walt’s music figures prominently in the feature length movie “The Last Blast” in which he also plays two roles: a punk rocker and a G-man.

Walt is the Artist in Residence at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD as well as founder and executive director of “Common Ground on the Hill” since 1994, an international arts organization which seeks to promote interracial harmony through the traditional arts.


Sunday, November 18, 3 pm
Going for Baroque II

Rodrigo Tarraza, internationally renowned flautist
Don Horneff, harpsichord
Nick Currie, Canadian-born violinist
Tim Anderson, cellist
*Concert Sponsor: Ann M. Wilkinson



Sunday, December 16, 7 pm
108th Annual Carol Sing
A Hanover Tradition:
Christmas carols sung and their stories (re)told
by Steve McKonly and Landy Grimm
Accompanied by a community orchestra
Directed by Jamie H. Brown

Saturday, February 23, 7 pm
Michael Britt, organ with classic film 
Michale is a performer of theatre organ music and is demand throughout the country as a silent film accompanist. He was invited to perform at Baltimore's Senator Theatre where he accompanied five silent films for the National Film Registry Tour which was sponsored in part by the Library of Congress.

*Concert Sponsor: Judith K. Morris


Sunday, March 17, 3 pm
Lancaster Brass Quintet

The Lancaster Brass Quintet made its debut in 1982 and has been active in the musical community of Central Pennsylvania since that time. These professional musicians epitomize the art of music making and perform a wide variety of literature including jazz, show tunes, sacred music, marches, and original works for brass.






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