Fist Congregational Church

Mel Larimer Concert Series

First Congregational Church

in collaboration with
the Mel Larimer Concert Series

Watoto - African Children’s Choir

May 17 2019 7:30pm possible 2nd performance

Watoto will Amaze, Lift, & Inspire Your Heart

COST: Admission is free, with a donation taken during the performance to benefit Watoto. Reservations are required.

TIME(S): Should the 7:30pm performance sell out, we will be offering a 5:30pm performance, provided we have at least 300 people reserve for 5:30pm. At this time, we are only taking reservations for 7:30pm.

CONCERT INFO: This will be a unique and moving night of Christian music & message! A team of 17 children, supported by 11 adults - all from Uganda, Africa - will share their personal stories and perform live worship music. You’ll see first-hand the power of God’s love transforming lives around the world. This concert will feature lighting effects and lively contemporary music & lyrics, all designed by the Watoto team. Ages 3yrs-Adult will enjoy this event, and we encourage you to invite families you know! Free Nursery Care will be provided for ages 2 and under, for parents requesting this service on their reservation form. For more information, check out the videos below!

RESERVE A SEAT: Click here to reserve your space at the 7:30pm performance - be sure to enter the correct event date and click SUBMIT at the bottom of the form or your reservation won’t register properly. You will immediately receive an email confirmation. If you don’t see it, please check your spam or junk folder. You can print out this form as the entry ticket for your group. We are asking guests to arrive no earlier than 7:10pm, as check-in will be quick and should there be an earlier performance, we want to allow them time to clear the parking lot. Thank you for your help.

WATOTO VIDEOS: Who is Watoto, and what are they all about? Learn more below.

What is Watoto’s Purpose?

We Invite You To Experience: Watoto - We Will Go!

About the Mel Larimer Concert Series:

Mel Larimer was the beloved Director of Music and conductor of Traverse City’s First Congregational Church Sanctuary Choir from 1997 to 2008. Bringing together Grand Traverse regional musicians to perform major choral/orchestral masterworks was always a major part of Mel Larimer’s fondest wishes and goals for our community. At his passing in 2008, the Mel Larimer Concert Series Memorial Fund was established so that our community could carry on this worthy aspiration. The over-arching goal of the Mel Larimer Concert is to bring together Grand Traverse area musicians to perform great music. All vocalists who are up to the challenge and can fulfill rehearsal requirements are welcome to participate. Masterworks selected may include music of various world cultures, creeds and historical origins, and can be from sacred or secular choral traditions. The Mel Larimer Concerts are outreach events offered to individuals and established public and private institutions as a community service. The Traverse City First Congregational Church (as custodian of the MLCS Trust) is pleased to host these events where appropriate.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Mel Larimer Concert Series is to perform great music that inspires humanity’s creative yearnings and gives expression to the stirrings of the human spirit. To that end, we will strive to present, advocate and promote a repertory of innovative and traditional choral music and seek to educate the public and nurture its appreciation of the life-enriching qualities of choral music and the arts.