My heartfelt gratitude for the many expressions of sympathy and well-wishes upon the news of my mother’s death. That I have such a wide network of caring friends is a great support and reassurance at this time, and I treasure this very highly. Again, my deepest thanks to you all.

The first three of SMCC’s Christmas concerts “A Winter’s Night” have gone extremely well, and there is one more, tomorrow (Friday), Dec. 22, 7:30pm at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village (S. Denver, Hampden Ave. at Dahlia). The positive reactions of the audiences, and the glowing words I have received after each concert, have been a confirmation that what I was hearing from the choir, and what I fashioned in terms of the programming, seems to be reaching the hearts and minds of the listeners, about which I am gratified. The first half is a collection of mostly familiar carols in hearty arrangements that get everyone firmly into the holiday spirit (Cecilia McDowall’s piece has been getting rave reviews from audience members); and the second half provides an opportunity to go deeper into the meaning of Christmas, and the more mystical side of the season, through a profound work that is not familiar to most people (Britten’s “A Boy was Born”). The combination seems to be touching people as I had hoped.

Come and be touched yourself! Get tickets here, but they are also available at the door. (303) 298-1970.