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July 16, 2017: Festival of Music - A View from the Pew
I was raised to appreciate all types of music, from church hymns and fine classical to jazz, rock and roll, and even “beat” poetry readings. I played in orchestra and band through college, and in our house you will hear WETA classical radio in the background until bedtime. The exceptional music we have on Sundays is not common in every church, and we are very lucky to have such a gift given to us every week...

by Jeffrey Hunter

I was raised to appreciate all types of music, from church hymns and fine classical to jazz, rock and roll, and even “beat” poetry readings.  I played in orchestra and band through college, and in our house you will hear WETA classical radio in the background until bedtime.  The exceptional music we have on Sundays is not common in every church, and we are very lucky to have such a gift given to us every week.  As the musical experience blends with the worship, it lifts me up to the rafters and even higher.  For me, our annual summer music festival is a highlight of the year. It shows us at our best and gives us the opportunity to reach out to the local community and beyond.

The music festival offers more than the Mass settings. Each Sunday evening through the end of the month it also includes a 6 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. concert. The performers are a wonderful mix of people we already know, and musicians Ben and others have “found.” Last Sunday I particularly enjoyed hearing a recital from three of our young staff singers. It was fun hearing a wide range of songs that they selected themselves. It helped me get to know them better.  This evening, we will experience Capital Hearings, a local a capella group that has performed for us in the past, and I assure you, you will be on your feet by the end of the show. The following Sunday we will host a visiting choir from South Carolina. There is always a good supply of nibbles and beverages at the pre-concert reception, and somebody new to talk to, or someone you’ve seen at church but just haven’t had time to catch up with.  The performers are usually around for part of the reception so I find it a nice way to meet some of them, too. 

I have been pleased and honored to be a supporter of the festival for the last three years, and am already enjoying this year’s offerings under Ben’s amazing leadership, with support from the choir and many parishioners, and of course Father Jadon and the Vestry as well. 

I can’t imagine All Souls without this wonderful and joyous annual series of concerts and I look forward to the remainder of this season, and to many more.  Be sure to invite friends and neighbors to join you the next few Sundays!  We have something very special to share and we need to toot our horn about it!  Thank you.       

Last Published: July 19, 2017 8:32 AM
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