Music At Noon is meeting the needs of those who desire beauty and tranquility in the middle of their day; it is also meeting the needs of musicians who desire to communicate their art to the community. Since 2002, thousands of music lovers have entered Westminster’s peaceful, Byzantine-Romanesque sanctuary to hear a wide variety of inspiring music. These free Wednesday noon concerts include classics, jazz, pops, silent films with pipe organ accompaniment, Broadway, opera, folk, USAF ensembles, world-music, vocalists, and more. Artists include pianists, singers, chamber musicians, choirs, organists, string players, brass & woodwind players, guitarists, folk and world musicians, and more. So bring a friend and a bag lunch and see why M.A.N. is “the biggest kept secret in Midtown.”
Your Music At Noon donations help to sustain a concert series that has become a source of joy and spiritual healing in the lives of many appreciative attendees. You may donate online at www.MusicAtNoon.org (please notate “M.A.N.” at bottom of page) or make checks payable to Westminster Presbyterian Church (memo: “M.A.N.”). and mail to Westminster Church, 1300 N Street, Sacramento, California, 95814. Thank you for your support. Please let your friends know what they are missing!
This month’s offering highlights both composer and performer creativity. It was normal for composers to parody each other, and for performers to go way beyond the written music in their performances. Our program starts with the beautiful 1550 madrigal “Doulce Memoire” and follows with a couple of virtuoso reworks. We’ll then take a look at the revolutionary ideas that turned music upside down 50 years later both in songs and instrumental pieces. Then a couple of preludes, and in these it is impossible to tell whether the notes are the compose
Brad Slocum is a native Californian, a Magna Cum Laude music graduate of San Francisco State University, and a published choral arranger. He relocated to Sacramento in 2002 after retiring from the De Anza College Music Department in Cupertino where he was Staff Accompanist, Director of The De Anza Chorale, and Voice Coach and Instructor for 17 years.
Currently, Brad is Organist at Westminster Presbyterian Church, and Program Director for Westminster’s popular Wednesday Music At Noon concert series.