Even for the unchurched, Nashvilles Downtown Presbyterian Church will feel like sacred space. Its spectacular Egyptian Revival design, which favors hieroglyphs over more traditional Christian iconography, can rouse the most unbelieving of hearts. Meanwhile, the not-so-holy ghosts of Civil War dead haunt the structure, which for a time was appropriated as a Federal hospital. Renowned organist Anne Labounsky will enhance this sense of awe and next/otherworldliness with a recital program that features the churchs recently renovated pipe organ, which was installed in 1913. Dr. Labounsky is the Chair of Organ and Sacred Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Shes performed in many of the worlds great cathedrals and basilicas, including Notre Dame and Ste. Clotilde in Paris, St. John the Divine in New York and San Franciscos Grace Cathedral. Admission is free, but contributions to the churchs organ fund are encouraged.
Sun., Dec. 6, 2009