I had a conversation with a friend once where we showed our true cards about what music meant to us. For him, it mattered not if there was an audience as long as he had his instrument and uninterrupted time to create. For me, the hours spent in preparation would not be worth it if I didn’t see an opportunity to uplift or encourage a listener on the other end.
Why Acoustic Christmas?
Acoustic Christmas is the embodiment of what I strive for—the chance to gather with an ensemble of like minded musicians and use our gifts and time to help people experience joy and community during the busy holiday season. To be honest, I struggle with Christmas. I love it so much and yet I battle the nostalgia and the sense that the years are passing by much to quickly. Rather than being some sort of anti-holiday Grinch, each year I run in the opposite direction, hoping that I can just do something good with all the blessings I’ve been given.
And so for the 9th consecutive season, a wonderful group of musical merry makers will gather together to present a series of concerts in local venues throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. The concerts are free and meant to be enjoyed by families—come as you are. Don’t worry if your kids are wiggly. Mine will probably be dancing in the aisles. The concerts are free not because they are "cheap" or poorly done, but because in this present age of mass consumerism where everything has a price, we wanted to create a space where you could just be free from that stuff for a while.
What People Are Saying:
"Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the concert that you and your ensemble provided for all of us in the Pearl. I found your concert to be the perfect Holiday gift…it was absolutely beautiful and what so many need…community."—Sarah
"Your concert was the highlight of our Christmas season."–Deb & Tim
"A soothing antidote to the holiday hubbub."–Nancy
Our Nine-Piece Ensemble:
Wendy Goodwin, Noelle Sisk & Alex Kazmierowicz: Violin & Fiddle
Owen Hoffman-Smith: Cello
Nate Macy: Guitar & Banjo
Aaron Pruitt: Piano & Vocals
Nolan Staples: Bass
James “Jimmy” Watson: Percussion
Bethany Cibolski: Soprano
(For addresses & map links please click here)
Tuesday, December 18th 7:00 p.m. West Hills Friends Church
Wednesday, December 19th 7:00 p.m. Newberg Friends Church
Thursday, December 20th 7:00 p.m. Cherry Grove Friends Church
Friday, December 21st 7:00 p.m. St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church
Saturday, December 22nd 7:00 p.m. Tigard Grange