Mozart Mass No. 15 in C major, "Die Kronungsmesse" KV 317 (1779)

Soprano Christine Castillo, Tanya Coyne, Alto, Ole Hass, Tenor, Mark Mason, Bass, Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church

What a way to spend a Sunday afternoon — unusually warm temps combing the November air and the heavenly sounds of Mozart — a divine combination.
Although I do not frequent churches, when my eye caught the sign planted on the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, “Free Mozart Concert, Sunday 4:00 PM,” the other day, I knew I would be going to church on this Sunday.  For how often, after all, does the opportunity arise to hear a fine Soprano, an Alto and a Tenor and a Bass, accompanied by an orchestra of strings, brass, and percussion, and backed by a chorus of around 50 or more Sopranos, Altos, Tenors and Basses — all in concert with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, College Park?
Not very often.
But free?
Only in a church.
The church itself is beautiful.  The stained-glass windows are a feast for the palette, and the slabs of beautifully muted stones of many pale colors that form the foundation for the wooden, ark-shaped roof of the sanctuary, hosted at the front, not by a crucifix, but an organ whose immense pipes amplified vibrations that are not heard but felt by your total being, and demonstrated during the first piece, Concerto in G Minor by Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901) by the music director and organist, Julie Vidrick.  And all led by the subtle conducting of Dr. Dale Krider.
What a treat!
So now the hunt has begun.  I’m looking for churches that do concerts.  And I am more than willing to drop a couple of bucks in the bucket for a chance to taste the lilt of Mozart on the tip of my tongue.  Or Beethoven.  Or Handel.

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