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THE GRETCHEN R. IBEN ARTS SERIES …
In the fall of 2020 there was some hope that there could be live, in person, concerts at Westminster Church, even if there would be limited audiences. As the situation continued to change, so did our response. As of this time, all concerts are cancelled through the spring of 2021.
With the coming on line of the Covid-19 vaccines, it is our hope and prayer that we will be able to bring great music to the Peoria community once again in the fall of this year. This depends on the situation with the pandemic, but it is a truly hopeful time. With three vaccines to be rapidly deployed by the end of May 2021, we should be able to resume our activities in the fall. We cannot know if we will be able to have a full house, or will need to limit seating. We will watch the CDC recommended guidelines and the mandates of the state of Illinois.
We thank all our supporters for the patience you have shown at this time. We look forward to bringing you another full season of great music for the 21-22 season. The all-Franck organ program will be offered early in the fall, and also included in the program will be ‘Music for the End of Time’, the twentieth century masterpiece for a quartet of instruments of Olivier Messiaen coupled with a premier of a new work by Peoria composer and internationally known pianist/composer, John Orfe. Of course, our annual Lessons and Carols program will be included as well as a new iteration of ‘A Jazz Christmas’ with our jazz music director David Hoffman.
This page will be updated with the latest information on the series as soon as we have solid dates to report. In the mean time, we thank you for your patience and continued support of the Iben Series at Westminster Church.
All best wishes,
“What goes through your mind as you sit in the sanctuary and look around?
As I sit in my pew and look up at the cross with the wonderful light illuminating it, I am reminded of why I am at Westminster on this particular day. The cross reminds me that Christ died for me and, in a sense, I am to do the same in my daily life. The brightness of the cross illustrates for me the brightness of living my life in the way of Christ.”