The discovery of song and the creation of musical instruments both owed their origin to a human impulse which lies much deeper than conscious intention: the need for rhythm in life… the need is a deep one, transcending thought, and disregarded at our peril.

- Richard Baker

Music at Restoration

2019 Holiday Music Sunday: Nuestra Navidad was a Great Success!

The sanctuary was full to overflowing to hear the bellringers play and the Restoration Singers perform Nuestra Navidad on Sunday, December 15. Below is an impromptu photo taken after the performance with guest musicians: Suzzette Ortiz, pianist/accordion; Rene Ginett, vocalist; Patricio Acevedo, guitar; Arturo Stable, percussion. Missing from the picture are Annabel G. and Bridget Mc.

The Bell Choir Made Beautiful Music at our Hanukkah Service

More about our Music Program

  1. CHOIR: On June 2, 2019 our Choir, the Restoration Singers, sang its final Sunday of this church season. We now have the summer off, until we resume in September to begin another vibrant year of music-making together.

    As we end this season, I want to praise our Choir members highly for great work & devotion — for creativity & thoughtfulness — for giving their minds & hearts to creating beauty & joy & good vibrations in our congregation — for taking personal risks & rising to challenges — for lifting the hearts & minds & Spirit of us all. And — for being in good friendship with one another. How great is this?!

    Please let our Singers know how much you appreciate their contributions to your life at Restoration!

  2. CONNECTING: And — if you are intrigued by the possibility of participating in singing, playing instruments, playing handbells, please contact the Music Director. Lifting a joyful voice is a great way to connect with others.
  3. SUMMER SUNDAYS: During this summer, our lead musicians will be sharing the Sundays when I'm away (June-August). Musicians are invited to participate to create special music that connects thematically with each service. If you are interested in talking more about that, please contact the Music Director.
  4. COMPLIMENT: Thanks to you-in-the-pews for singing hymns so BEAUTIFULLY - full-voiced & lustily (hmm, perhaps not quite the right word!). When we lift the roof off the chapel, smiles form on our faces!
  5. JAMIE: Last by not least, I thank Jamie P. for his good musicianship, for his capacity to listen & create something that supports the singing. On June 2, you heard him anchoring the Choir on djembe on the song "Dropping Keys," a song with lyrics by Hafiz, the 14th century Persian mystic. He is versatile!

Earlier Spring Choir Concert: The Great American Songbook

Swinging on a Star: We celebrated the stunning creativity of mid-20th century American songwriters. Our Restoration Singers stepped out a bit and tried their hands at the fabulous tunes of the Great American Songbook.

Swinging on a Star

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