Enjoy our 2016 line-up of free mini-concerts!

Beautiful music will get you into the spirit of Christmas – and offer an antidote to the rush-rush of commercial holidays – during free mini-concerts every Wednesday in Grass Valley.

Free half-hour concerts start at 5 p.m. every Wednesday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 14 and 21, at PEACE Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley. Music on organ, recorder, flute, string quartet and handbells will evoke a contemplative state of waiting and watching – the traditional mood in the weeks before Christmas.

Here’s the line-up:

  • Nov. 30: Thomas Greathouse on the organ, with a local recorder group playing classics such as “O Come, O Come, Emanuel” and “In the Bleak Mid-Winter.”
  • Dec. 7: Walt Strony on the organ, with special guest Kirsti Powell on the flute.
  • Dec. 14: Walt Strony on the organ, with a string quartet pulled from the Olli Orchestra at Sierra College.
  • Dec. 21: Bells of Peace handbell choir, with a solo by Pastor Eileen Smith Le Van and a duet with Smith Le Van and Marge Shasberger.

After the concert, a short and optional worship service will follow the moving, musical format of Holden Evening Prayer. Music includes a modern interpretation of “The Magnificat.”

Organist Walt Strony plays during free mini-concerts leading up to Christmas at PEACE Lutheran Church in Grass Valley.

Organist Walt Strony plays during free mini-concerts leading up to Christmas at PEACE Lutheran Church in Grass Valley.

Strony is the staff organist at PEACE and plays every Sunday during worship services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. He is a nationally recognized player of both the theater and classical organ, specializing in authentic scores for silent movies. He has toured internationally, recorded nearly 30 albums, is sought after as an organ consultant, gives seminars and authored a popular book on playing the organ. The Allen Organ Co. honored him by building a model named for him.

For more information, call the church office at (530) 273-9631.

Actually, it’s not Christmas at all!

PEACE has been offering these mini-concerts as a gift to the community for about two decades. They are a part of our observance of the season we call Advent, which isn’t Christmas at all! Instead, Advent is characterized by a mood of waiting for God to act in our lives and in our world. In the four weeks leading up to Christmas, we watch – expectantly! – for signs of His presence in our daily lives.

Regardless of your spiritual path, we invite you to relish the peace and serenity of our sanctuary. We hope you would find nourishment in this musical offering and, perhaps, find signs of the Divine working in your own heart.

For more about Advent, click here.

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