Last Sunday we hosted two concerts in our new space: a choral concert in the afternoon and in the evening a benefit concert for Madison House, a residence for veterans who might otherwise be on the street. The second event was particularly telling, and also very encouraging.
The program—“Christmas at Madison House”—was a parade of young musical talent, each act performing three or four songs in a wide range of styles, from pop to jazz to Latino to folk. Our rector was invited to close the program with a few compositions of his own.
The new stage proved equal to the task, as did our sound and theatrical systems. But it took a deft hand—by which we mean Chad our technical support person—to manage the sound levels and the lighting for such a diverse program.
But the organizers could not have been happier with their new venue. They raised over $1000 to help give the residents of Madison House a Merry Christmas. They praised what we had done to the place to make it so accessible. They also thanked us for our willingness to make it available for their fund-raiser. Clearly they will return, perhaps making their program an annual event at St. Stephen’s.
This was our hope: that our building might serve as a way of connecting with the wider community through the arts … and especially the developing arts, the young up-and-coming artists who will make their mark in years to come. We’re launched.