Sounds of the season ring out at chapel

By Hank Lohmeyer

The Chapel of the Cross music committee is doing its part to spread the holiday spirit in Surface Creek Valley.

The expanded holiday music program schedule this year continued last Sunday with two performances.

At 4 p.m., the Storehouse Gospel Quartet gave a 45-minute-long concert. It featured four, finely matched male voices harmonizing a cappella, and also with accompaniment by pianist Joy Thompson of Eckert.

The male voices in the group are tenors Don Olson of Grand Junction and Greg Davidson of Olathe. Gary Plumb of Montrose sings bass and Bob Goodhue of Montrose sings baritone.

Their program included gospel and holiday favorites and set the evening's musical tone starting off with God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen performed a cappella.

Soloist Debbie Siedschlag of Montrose joined the program singing Oh Holy Night and other familiar songs, some accompanied by the men's voices.

Narration of the Gospel accounts from the Bible along with other scripture and poetry readings between numbers was provided by Gayle Goodhue of Montrose.

The Storehouse Gospel Quartet has performed at the chapel on one previous occasion. Its unique sound and its style of music fit the chapel venue and holiday season perfectly.

Following the Storehouse Gospel Quartet, at 7 p.m. a performance by Greg Davidson and the Brown Family Singers continued the holiday feelings with their offering of popular holiday songs and Christmas carols.

Davidson, who sings tenor with the Storehouse group, and the Browns are long-time friends from Olathe. Jody Brown is the dad in the talented family musical ensemble. He and son Levi play amplified acoustic guitar; Levi playing the bass version. Daughter Tia added her strong and lyrical musical voice to the performance that delighted the audience with songs they obviously enjoyed singing.

The Brown family has begun a tradition of performing at the chapel every Father's Day, Jody said, and they expect to be there playing and singing again come next June, too.

The chapel's holiday music concert series began with the Kokopelli Bells playing two performances the week earlier during the Parade of Lights.

The final performance in this year's chapel holiday series will be on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. with baritone soloist Paul Rosin, another favorite of Chapel of the Cross audiences.

The Chapel of the Cross holiday music concert series is supported like the summer series is by the generous good will donations of audiences at the door.