Melinda Coffey Armstead, piano & organ
Prelude to Worship
Reverie . . . Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Reflets dans l’eau (Reflections in the water) from Images I . . . C. Debussy
Prelude in E-flat Op. 23 No. 6 . . . Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Tambourin . . . Jean Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
Today, like every other day,
we wake up empty and frightened.
Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading.
Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
Our beautiful Steinway model B seven-foot grand piano is a superb instrument, one of the best on the entire Monterey Peninsula. It has served us well for the past 25 years. Under the loving care and hands of Tom Armstrong it is now even better than new. The sound is rich, warm and fills our chapel space admirably. The action is a miracle of about twelve thousand moving parts exquisitely adjusted to respond evenly and instantly to the lightest of touches. It also produces a thunderous fortissimo without harshness. This makes possible a wide range of nuance, to thrill the serious pianist. Playing this piano, I am engaged with a sensitive partner, asking and receiving. For this long and continuous blessing I owe you my deepest gratitude.