Friday, December 12, 2008

It's free, and you should do it

Last Sunday, we went to Wellshire Presbyterian Church. Heather's dad sings in the choir. They did their Christmas music service. It was great! Most of the singers and many of the musicians attended the many rehearsals and performed for no pay, whatsoever. They did it for love.

Part of Vivaldi's Gloria was on the program. It was exquisite and heavenly. Even if you don't believe in God, the opportunity for hearing such wonderful music for free comes around only once each year*.

I also moan the fact that WPC is one of the few churches in Denver that has traditional classical music as an integral part of its worship. (Our church doesn't.) Most people just don't care for it anymore, unless it's the background to a film. There's such depth there that you just can't get elsewhere. (And I'm a fan of some pretty wild indie rock music. So consider the source.)

My point? Carefully check your newspaper or local events website to see what's on at churches this weekend. You might be pleasantly surprised, if you go to one of the services.

*Caveat: If you live in a university town, check their music department - there is usually tons of great free stuff almost every night of the school year.


The Lone Beader said...

Good idea! I used to enjoy the Candelight service when I was a kid. But, then I moved 2 states away and was left with no church! I will look into it, and see what I find!

Julie said...

How I long for this in our part of the planet—really. Especially at this time of year. Enjoy on my behalf too, Paul, please. And here, here to classical music being part of all kinds of services.