First, there are so many people involved. The Cantata offers a way for those of us who would like to sing in the choir but for whatever reasons cannot commit to the full year. It’s important to have the opportunity to use your gift it in some way if that gift includes music. I am so very grateful to all those who will sing or play an instrument as a part of the Cantata.
Second, it’s important to have an opportunity to put our best foot forward for Eden Prairie. I’m not a musician, not even close. I am so grateful that Don Prestly is a gifted director and shares his gift so graciously. The Cantata is something we do well, and you can be confident inviting your friends to this experience.
This is the most important thing I have to say today: I may not be a musician but I do recognize the importance of the experience of music. There are some things you simply must be present for when they occur. In our digital age when more people are concerned with getting an event recorded on their phone than being present as it occurs, our Cantata is an important respite. Yes, we will also have CDs available. And yet in order to have the full impact of our Cantata, you simply have to be there.
You simply have to be there to experience the beauty of the moment. Recordings, as wonderful as they, are cannot replace the experience of witnessing a someone playing the cello with such emotion that for a moment you believe it is you who are drawing the bow and playing the note. Hearing about it will not substitute for being able to talk about it. The experience of our Cantata connects us to what this Advent season attempts to invoke in us all -- the hope that the beauty of God’s love will be expressed in this otherwise difficult, complex, unpleasant world.
Keep the Faith,