Saturday evening I attended a concert given by the musicians of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Arnold, MO. The name of the concert was “It’s A Grand Night for Singing.” The program included sacred and secular songs sung by the church choir and their praise team. It also included some numbers by the church orchestra which included brass instruments, a few strings, and drums. The performance was rounded out by a couple of songs from the hand bell choir.
The vocal choir did a good job on their numbers. Diction was crisp. The orchestra didn’t do as well, in my opinion. I kept hearing some off pitch notes which I thought came from the brass section. The handbells needed to be louder. It was hard to follow the melodies with the bells.
The concert was a tribute to the senior pastor who is retiring at the end of the month. It was great to see the high respect this congregation had for him. I believe he was instrumental in development of the music program in the church so it was fitting that they chose to honor him with a concert.