Thursday, December 24, 2009
I found myself applauding at home at 11:38 p.m. Christmas Eve listening to Scott Dettra playing the familiar organ classic, Carillon de Westminster by Louis Vierne (1870–1937). It'll be available very soon at the Washington National Cathedral website. It was a most satisfying end to the three pre-Christmas services I've seen online. There are also services Christmas Day, including one televised nationally.
It's possible to view videos of recent years of entire worship services online, with closeups, and watch fabulous sermons given by the very gifted Dean Samuel Lloyd, surely the most inspirational and solid theologian in the country, in my view. His sermon texts are well-worth reading and can also be read online. Services of worship are available at the National Cathedral archives in the content-rich website, nationalcathedral.org.
Scott Dettra is undoubtedly one of the finest organists in the country, and always a delight to hear. His youthful energy and mature skill combine to create beautiful performances of the best organ music. He's a great asset and attraction of the Cathedral. Watch his performance up close of that complicated, challenging Carillon music, at the very end of the two services on Dec. 24, 2009.
Be sure to enhance your enjoyment of the holidays by taking a look at the services at the National Cathedral online or in person, and donate generously tax-free to this non-profit.