Music for Mission


“When times get hard, we need a whole lot of what it is that reminds us of who we are.” – Wynton Marsalis, Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center

Both the arts and charitable giving are powerful reminders of who we are as children of God. Music for Mission is a unique series that offers concerts given to the community by outstanding musical artists while raising money and awareness for local and regional mission organizations.  At each concert, the partnering mission organization makes a presentation to the audience about its work, and an offering is collected. 100% of the offerings received at the concerts is given to the partnering mission organization.

Music for Mission is an outreach of the Discipleship Commission of the Session of First Presbyterian Church.

2018-2019 Concert Season – Click Here for Brochure

Friday, October 19th, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Frisson Ensemble,
in partnership with the Chamber Music Society of Central Kentucky
Benefitting:  GleanKY – gathers and redistributes excess fresh fruits and vegetables to nourish KY’s hungry

Friday, November 9th, 2018 at 7:30 pm    SOLD OUT
Joni Mitchell Tribute Concert, in partnership with Purple Carrot Productions
Concert sponsored by the Josephine Ardery Foundation
Benefitting:  Kentucky Refugee Ministries – providing resettlement services to refugees in order to promote successful integration into our community

Monday, February 4th, 2019 at 7:30 pm
American Spiritual Ensemble
Concert sponsored by Mark Pittman and Kathy DeBoer

Benefitting: Greenhouse 17 – nurturing lives harmed by intimate partner abuse Tickets $10.  Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets.  Please note that tickets are available for purchase ONLINE ONLY for this event.

Friday, May 3rd, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Regina Carter & Xavier Davis,
in partnership with Origins Jazz Series
Benefitting: Central Music Academy – providing free private music lessons in all areas for at-risk youth

Tickets are not required for entry.* However, tickets do guarantee seating. Doors open to ticket holders 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the concert. Those not holding tickets are seated 15 minutes prior to the beginning of each concert.

*Excluding the American Spiritual Ensemble Concert on February 4th

Free parking for concerts is available on Mill Street across from the church.

PLEASE NOTE:  On Friday, Nov. 9, there is a home UK men’s basketball game at Rupp Arena.  Parking in First Presbyterian Church lots is FREE for the Music for Mission concert.  But given the added traffic congestion due to the game, Music for Mission concert-goers are encouraged to arrive early.  A map of FPC parking lots may be found here.

For more information or to become a series patron, please contact:

Marlon Hurst
Director of Music and Arts
First Presbyterian Church
171 Market Street
Lexington, Kentucky
859.252.1919 ext. 110