Last night, my husband and I attended our first concert at the Kimmel Center this season to see Keith and Kristyn Getty’s Irish Christmas: A Celebration of Carols. It was a beautiful evening spent enjoying beautiful music, architecture, and God’s gifts to mankind, and one another.
I’ve long loved the Celtic sound of music because of emotional quality, and I think it’s best enjoyed live. Of course with the Irish, it’s never just music- there was dancing and joking and story telling and singing and merriment. The Getty’s brought with them a host of talented musicians and performers as well as a choir assembled from various local churches- including a separate children’s choir that came on stage to help sing one of their newest songs “O Children Come.”
We sat in Verizon Hall, amid many familiar faces. The hall was designed as though the inside of a cello- with winding lines of wood that make up the balconies. Verizon Hall is home of one of the largest mechanical pipe organs in America created by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders. I recall one of my coworkers in Greenwich when I was working for Haverson worked on the design of Verizon Hall. It’s an impressive space to say the least.
In addition to the beautiful music, the Getty’s commissioned artwork by Kim Thomas for their performance and Christmas tour which depicted the songs of Zachariah, Mary, the Angels, and Simeon.
“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has come to His people and redeemed them.” Luke 1:68 (Zachariah’s Song)
“My soul glorified the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” Luke 1:46-49 (Mary’s Song)
“Glory to God in the highest Heaven and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14 (The Angels Song)
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace, for my eyes have seen your salvation.” Luke 2:29-30 (The Song of Simeon)
Merry Christmas, friends!