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Lunchtime Concert Series Kickoff @Trinity UMC

Friday, 12:15 p.m., free

IF TRINITY'S Thursday Night Opry Series changed the way you think about worship spaces, their latest series will challenge your perception of the Most Sacred Lunch Hour.

A tradition in Europe, the new Lunchtime Concert Series will allow downtowners to stop by the church, conveniently located on Telfair Square, for a Friday half-hour shot of Savannah’s best and brightest musicians.

The series kicks off with a performance by The Savannah Philharmonic’s talented oboist Andrew Jay Ripley, as well as Jesse Monkman (Velvet Caravan percussionist) on the warm and resonant marimba.

“Music at Trinity hopes to support and foster the development of arts in downtown Savannah, while not only providing music and arts in this historic downtown church sanctuary, but also supporting musicians and artists with opportunities to perform,” says Trinity Music Director Jared Hall.

The series runs through November 14. The October 24 performance with Richard Leo Johnson, who indisputably has the coolest guitar in town—a custom, alien-shaped acoustic with a Theremin built into the body—and Velvet Caravan’s Ricardo Ochoa, will be a great one to hit as well.

Though Ochoa may be best known for his violin skills, if you’ve seen the wonderful, artful hijinks of GAM and managed to look past Keith Kozel’s stage antics, you’ll catch Ochoa in the shadows conducting the futuristically eerie Theremin.

Recognizable as the soundtrack to many a 1940’s and ’50s sci-fi film (and that wavery, spooky sound at the end of The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations”), Hall thinks it’s the perfect instrument to set the mood for Halloween.

Performances start at 12:15 p.m. sharp in the sanctuary. Afterward, enjoy complimentary lemonade and a strong cuppa PERC Coffee before getting back to the grind.