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Holiday Spirit And Live Music Served Free, Lunch A Little Extra

courtesy First Presbyterian Church
Organ at First Presbyterian Church downtown

If you’re looking to stoke your holiday spirit, these should do it. They're called Midday Noels, and they happen this and next Thursday.

“Midday Noels is a concert series.”

Tom Dooling is Music Director for First Presbyterian Church.

“[It’s] a way to give folks a way to hear short concerts in the middle of their day, especially for folks who are on a lunch break downtown.”

You can walk over to the church at noon and get a great big dose of live Christmas music.

“Right. Absolutely free concerts. And the concerts are a wonderful blend of sacred pieces but also some secular pieces too that you’ll recognize, in a great variety of styles.”

It being lunchtime, they offer a $3 sack lunch you can take back to work, or an $8 hot meal served afterward right there.

“Our next concert, Thursday, Dec. 11, will be Dixieland Jazz. A group of guys, some of whom moved here after Hurricane Katrina, are going to perform music very much in the style of a music procession down the street. And then our final concert on Dec. 18 is our own Dr. Jae Ha, an absolutely magnificent organist. [He] is going to be playing orchestral music, but he’s transcribed all of those pieces for the organ.”

A neat break from a hectic workday.

"It’s a great opportunity to get a little bit of a Christmas break in the middle of what, for most people, is a very busy season.”

We’ve more on Midday Noels here

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii