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Rock Spring Concerts

Rock Spring has a robust music program that includes a variety of concerts throughout the year, as well as our Rock Spring Recital Series. 


Sermon in Song

Sunday, November 3 at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.


With Elizabeth Kluegel Niblock, soprano, Edward Roberts, continuo, Michael Jolkovski, flute, Karen Tucker, violin, and Drew Owen, cello. 

J.S. Bach, Cantata #84 

Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke (I am content with my fortune), is a church cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach. He composed the solo cantata for soprano in Leipzig in 1727 for the third Sunday before Lent, Sunday Septuagesima, and led the first performance, probably on 9 February 1727. 

Bach composed the work in his fourth year as Thomaskantor, Church music director, in Leipzig. The text is similar to a cantata text Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Stande (I am content with my position), which Picander published in 1728, but it is not certain that he wrote also the Glücke cantata text. Its thoughts about being content are in the spirit of the beginning Enlightenment, expressed in simple language.



The Rock Spring Recital Series (RSRS) 2019-2020 Season 

(all concerts are at 3:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted)


October 27 - Shenandoah University Trombone Choir

Have you ever heard 14 trombones playing together in a choir?  Now is your chance!  Lead by professor Matthew Niess, this wonderful group of young musicians from Shenandoah University will bring you a concert experience that is sure to be unique and memorable!

November 17 - Pershing's Own String Quartet

Returning to bring us another wonderful concert are 4 musicians from our nation’s own musical ensemble, Pershing’s Own.  We welcome Daniel Pierson and his friends back to bring us another riveting concert of string quartet music.

February 2, 2020 - Tim Whalen Jazz Trio

Since moving to Washington DC in late 2010, Tim has become an in-demand pianist and arranger on the DC jazz scene, and has played with the finest musicians in the area.  “He is an exceptional player who fully understands the jazz language and is fully conversant with all genres of the music” – Kenny Barron

March 1, 2020 - "What it this thing called Love?" American Songbook Program with Elizabeth Kluegel, Lewis Freeman, Edward Roberts

Elizabeth and Ed, along with their good friend Lew, bring you a new updated program of American Songbook featuring songs by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart among others.  Come hear this heart-warming program sung by two outstanding singers.

March 21, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. Children's Concert with  Drew Owen & Elizabeth Pulju-Owen

Drew and Elizabeth return to bring another charming, entertaining and humourous program that introduces our youngest concert audiences to classical music and magic!



Elizabeth Kluegel Niblock, soprano, (and our Director of Music) will be singing a variety of songs The Great American Songbook, also known as "American Standards," defined by Wikipedia as “the canon of the most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th century.”  Elizabeth will be singing a variety of songs by Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Irving Berlin and others on each concert this season with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic. Led by conductor Ulysses James, the orchestra has two performances of each program. Visit WMPAmusic.org for ticket information.



Become a Friend of the Rock Spring Recital Series (FoRS2)and keep the music playing!

You can become a supporter of the Recital Series and keep the wonderful concerts of top-notch local musicians alive at Rock Spring, celebrate the Children’s Concerts that grow our youngest audiences into seasoned listeners, and help us to schedule new and exciting performers in our beautiful Sanctuary.

There are four levels of giving, donors will be acknowledged in Concert Series programs:

Friend ($20-$99 annual donation)

Donor ($100-$299 annual donation)

Sponsor ($300-$499 annual donation)

Angel ($500+ annual donation)

Your donation is tax-deductible.

Make your check payable to ROCK SPRING UCC with “FORS2” in the memo line or donate online.  You can also use the Givelify app on your phone, too!

We appreciate your support!

An adult ensemble, which musically leads worship at the 11:00 a.m. service each week.

A four-part men’s choir that performs approximately once a month in both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services.

Children in grades K through 5 perform an anthem each month.

Young people grades 6 through 12. A lively and supportive group of teenagers, they perform an anthem approximately once a month at both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services.