Please do post details of concerts, courses and other events into the Calendar
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I also don’t doubt that you think that having a focus and belief in a higher being is a positive thing and can guide you through your life, but in my opinion this is not just the only way.
a great truth is a statement whose opposite is also a great truth
Whilst I confess to like the “Atheists corner”, I do wonder why David included it in this forum?
The poster outside Trinity Episcopal Church on Tuesday evenings reads simply, “Free concert 6 p.m.” What happens inside won’t fit on a sign. Trinity Episcopal church is lighted mostly by candles set around the altar, as participants walk a labyrinth on a canvas in the front of the church. The exercise is part of the long-running Tuesday night Organ and Labyrinth event.Some say it’s a pilgrimage. Others, a space to find inspiration. One attendee called it “spiritual, yet magical.”At Organ and Labyrinth, those who step inside the peaceful sanctuary enjoy the rich sounds of the magnificent 5,000-pipe organ from the comfort of a church pew or while walking the labyrinth on the candlelit altar floor.“No matter what I’m doing, no matter where I am on Tuesday evening, I have to stop and come here,” said Chris L. Price, a regular since the program began five years ago.Albinas Prizgintas, the church organist and director of music ministries, coaxes a wide repertoire of tunes from the four manual organ console. Selections each week are as varied as “Amazing Grace,” “Fantasia in G Minor” by Bach, a Sousa march, or a piece from the rock group Queen.Those who walk the single winding path of the canvas labyrinth often stop at the center to pray or meditate. They look up at a stained-glass window depicting the Passion of Christ.“Sunday morning, we worship as a group,” said Robert Burrow. “This gives me a chance to take a solitary walk with God.” Each hour-long program is unique, as Prizgintas improvises and moves through selections, some of which are impromptu. Prizgintas said he often discovers something new in a familiar piece as he immerses himself in the music.Maria Elliott brought her mother, an organist for 50 years in her Iowa hometown, to the event when visiting New Orleans. Elliott said her mother was delighted.“My mother started giggling. She said, ‘This is a world-class concert. What a treasure,’ ” Elliott said.Prizgintas is the creator and director of the award-winning Trinity Artist Series featuring local and world-renowned artists each Sunday at 5 p.m. at the church, 1329 Jackson Ave. Trained at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, with studies in Germany and France, Prizgintas has performed on national and international stages in various venues.Memphis Slim, Billy Ocean and John Sinclair are among the jazz and blues artists with whom Prizgintas has performed. Prizgintas directed the annual Kingsley House Fall Fest in New Orleans for 10 years.The labyrinth rolls up when finished and is a replica of the centuries-old stone labyrinth on the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France.“To me, the labyrinth represents the journey of life with all its twists and turns,” Elliott said. A jar is sometimes placed in the labyrinth’s center as a symbolic depository for burdens, Elliott said.Prizgintas said the labyrinth had limited use before Hurricane Katrina. After the storm, it took on new significance. “Everything was so strange then,” Prizgintas said. “It was a way to cope.” Price was drawn to the event as he rebuilt after the storm. He said the labyrinth reminds him of the rosary in that it provides a path “to meditate, pray and reflect on the goodness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Followers of any religion can participate. Printed information available to attendees encourages clearing the mind of the details of life. The goal is “joining God, your Higher Power or the healing forces at work in the world.”“It is a way to escape the everyday craziness after work on Tuesday, and leave everything behind,” said Adriane Puetter.Prizgintas learned the organ at his mother’s feet as she served as church organist in New Jersey. The Lithuanian family came to the United States after World War II.The Trinity tracker organ has more than twice the number of pipes of the average organ. The smallest pipe has the diameter of a lead pencil. The largest is 32 feet tall. Tracker action means the wind flow into pipes is controlled mechanically, rather than by electrical means.Prizgintas often encounters old friends at the event, and people going through difficulties. He said he thinks continually of what the composers meant to communicate and what it means to the walkers.“It’s made me a better player,” Prizgintas said. “It made me evaluate whom I’m playing for.” Dan Brady, a new participant, said he intends to make the event part of his regular routine. “The music is so inspiring. The labyrinth is so introspective,” he said.Donald Lamury grew up in New Orleans and recently attended Organ and Labyrinth while visiting from his home in Virginia. He said the labyrinth was relaxing and a reminder of God’s presence.“It doesn’t matter where y’at or what church you go to, God’s always there,” Lamury said.
The "Tierce en Taille" (6čme couplet du Gloria) is extremely deep, conveying the feeling of greatness, as the same time as it builds up a really dramatic mood. The musical speech demands stamina and a very incisive control of emotions. Also, one feels the absolute need of a clearer degree of the inequality. This "Tierce en Taille" is a masterpiece created by an amazing melodist and a naturally refined musical genious. Actually, I would say we are facing one of one of the most beautiful compositions ever written for the organ..
For these reasons am I mistaken in saying that the organ, on account of where it generally is, and its music has a wider part to be playing in society than is currently perceived?