Music & Fine Arts

Religious Arts Festival

52nd Annual Religious Arts Festival

Independent Presbyterian Church
January 29 - February 5

The 52nd Annual Religious Arts Festival at IPC begins Sunday, January 29, with events running through Sunday, February 5. IPC is hosting the week-long festival "God's Blessings in Color and Light," which includes lectures, concerts, and more. The Fine Arts Committee offers these programs as a gift to the community and encourages you to invite your friends. All events are free with the exception of the Monday lunch and the Thursday banquet which both require reservations.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
7:00 pm
IPC Great Hall

What is the big deal about Tiffany?
Kevin Grabowski

This presentation explores the legacy and works of Louis Comfort Tiffany – arguably the world’s most well-known glass artist. Images and examples will help illustrate the unique methods and materials used by the Tiffany studios. Participants will leave with an understanding of what makes a window or lamp a “Tiffany” and be able to identify and appreciate the genius of the man behind the name.

Thursday, February 2, 2023
6:30 pm
IPC Great Hall

Where Would Jesus Sit? A Theology of Bricks and Mortar
A reflection on experiences of prayer in worship spaces; Rev. Jennifer Deaton, speaker
Please make reservations by Jan. 29 ($25)

The Rev. Jennifer Deaton is Rector at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Indianola and Vicar at St. John's Episcopal Church in Leland, both in the heart of the Mississippi Delta (the homes, respectively, of BB King and Kermit the Frog). She came to the Delta after serving more than ten years as Canon for Pastoral Care at St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi. A spiritual director, pilgrimage leader, frequent chaplain and presenter at retreats and conferences, Jennifer is especially interested in the ability of liturgy and music to provide pastoral care for individuals and worshipping communities.

Friday, February 3, 2023
7:00 pm
IPC Sanctuary

Orlando Consort Farewell Tour Concert

Returning to IPC for the 6th time in 20 years for their Farewell Tour, the Orlando Consort will present a program featuring a selection of the pieces they have especially enjoyed singing in the 35 years since the group was formed. The sequence features music from across Europe and ranges from the hypnotic beauty of 1,000-year-old polyphony, through the glories of the Medieval age, and on to majestic works of the early Renaissance. During the concert, Consort members will share a few reflections on their own musical journey together with a handful of ‘behind the scenes’ touring anecdotes!

Sunday, February 5, 2023
4:00 pm
IPC Sanctuary

A Festival Service with Choirs and Brass
featuring the music of William Bradley Roberts

American composer William Bradley Roberts will lead a Choral Festival with the IPC Choir and several other local church choirs with brass in a service of his music, hymns, readings, and prayers for a joyful, musical afternoon. The Rev. Dr. Roberts was the former Director of Chapel Music and Professor of Church Music at Virginia Theological Seminary. Earlier in life, he was an Episcopal church musician for 33 years, serving congregations in Washington, D.C.; Arizona; California; Kentucky; and Texas. His music composition studies were with the renowned Alice Parker, and he continues to compose anthems that are heard in churches worldwide.

Watch on Online

Events held in the sanctuary will be available via livestream. 


If you are interested in helping to secure the future of the Religious Arts Festival at IPC, donate online to The Religious Arts Festival Endowment Fund. Please call the Music Office at (205) 933-3700 for further information.