Westminster Presbyterian Church seeks a Praise Band
Director to direct all music activity at its 9 a.m. contemporary
worship service each Sunday. Skills include singing and playing
an instrument. Candidate must have a vibrant faith along with
experience singing, playing an instrument (preferably piano) and
directing singers and musicians in worship. This is a part-time
position, up to 10 hours a week. Salary commensurate with
experience. Please send resume to Pastor Wes Nordman at
No doubt you’ve heard strains of Gypsy Jazz as background music
in films or on TV.
“For many people when they hear it, it will sound a little
familiar,” said Jake Myers. “Most people have heard it before
somewhere even if they don’t know that.”
Myers is a musician in the Modesto-based group Hot Club Faux
Gitane – which, in French, means “Hot Club of the Fake
Gypsies.” Myers points out their name is a reference to the first
Gypsy Jazz group – The Quintet of the Hot Club of France – formed
in 1934 by French guitarist Django Reinhardt.
Music at Noon is one Sacramento place to listen to music as you
meditate holistically. Each Wednesday at noon, the free classical
music concerts are given, attracting nearby groups of senior
citizens and state workers on their lunch hour. Yes, you can
bring your brown bag lunch and eat it if you wish, but most folks
just listen to the relaxing music and feel at peace with culture
Love live music, but can’t afford concert ticket prices? Or are
you looking for a mid-week lunchtime escape from the office? On
Wednesdays, from noon to 1pm, there is a concert series, Music at
Noon, at Westminster Presbyterian, on 13th and N Street, facing
Capitol Park, in Downtown Sacramento. The music ranges from
classical to pops, and the best part is that it’s free!
The free concerts happen every Wednesday in downtown Sacramento
at noon inside the quiet, uncrowded Romanesque-Byzantine
Westminster Presbyterian church at 13th and N Streets, across
from Capitol Park.
Bring your bag lunch and enjoy a moment of serenity as you listen
to the talented artists from Greater Sacramento. Admission is
free, but donations are appreciated so our artists can be paid an
honorarium. Contact Brad Slocum for program or audition
The majesty of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Midtown
envelops you like a warm blanket and the music reaches out and
grabs at your heart. With the Celtic cross looking down
from above the choir loft, huge chandeliers glistening overhead,
and the magnificent colors of the stained glass windows flanking
them, the citizens of Sacramento are offered a special treat
every Wednesday of the year. Those that take advantage of
it experience the joy that is special to superb music and often
leave with it residing in their hearts and souls.
One well-spent Wednesday noon hour for those in Sacramento,
community member or visitor, can be found at 13th and N Street.
However, do not let the setting mislead you. The Westminster
Presbyterian Church indeed marches to a different tune. Built in
1927, the founding community itself there since 1856, the
Wednesday noon agenda is designed to delight the soul, not burden
it. Music is the theme with variety each week. One week may be
pianos sending out classical pieces, and the next Wednesday a
vocalist will be singing selected Broadway show tunes.
The Music at Noon Concerts at the Westminster Presbyterian Church are the brainchild of its program director, Brad Slocum. Westminster is an older Mediterranean style building with a large dome and pipe organ. Music is generally classical but may include ethnic. and even jazz or show tunes occasionally, but is always excellent.
Nearly every Wednesday since 2002, some of Sacramento’s finest
musicians have performed at the same downtown venue. It’s not a
club or a concert hall. It’s Westminster Presbyterian Church,
whose popular Music at Noon series turned five this month.
Westminster Presbyterian Church’s “Music at Noon” series takes
place on Wednesday’s from 12-1 p.m. all year long. A wide
variety of music is presented, including: classics, jazz, pops,
Broadway, opera, folk, and world-music. Artists include:
pianists, singers, chamber musicians, choirs, organists, folk and
world musicians. Styles include everything from renaissance
Capitol Public Radio’s Paul Conley interviews Brad Slocum.