Enjoy our 2018 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 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday, Dec. 5, 12 and 19, at PEACE Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley. Music on organ and handbells will evoke a contemplative state of waiting and watching – the traditional mood in the weeks before Christmas.

Here’s the line-up:

  • Dec. 5: Colla Voce Youth Chorus, under the direction of Anne Vaaler.
  • Dec. 12: Bells of Peace handbell choir, with a solo of “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” by alto Judy Kenney.
  • Dec. 19: Walt Strony and Thomas Greathouse on Peace’s stirring keyboard instruments.

After the concert, you are invited to stay for a short and uplifting prayer service that reflects the mood of the season. The musical format of Holden Evening Praye includes chanting, singing, prayer, Bible readings and a modern interpretation of “The Magnificat.”


Musicians Walt Strony, left, and Thomas Greathouse play great music of the season at 5:30pm Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Musicians Walt Strony, left, and Thomas Greathouse play great music of the season at 5:30pm Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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 come close to us, acting 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.

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