On Saturday, I attended the 75th Anniversary Celebration Concert of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. The plan was to hold it outside. But with the weather fears provoked by Florence, it was moved into the Chapel. It was stunning. I had never been this close to a symphony orchestra before. It was a very accessible program - Tchaikovsky Swan Lake and Rodgers and Hammerstein Sound of Music. It was fun.
It is good that we provide this service to the community. We are a tax-exempt organization so providing a venue to city organizations is a lovely way of giving back. It brings people on to the campus. We know that just four visits from a guest creates a person who feels "very familiar" with the Seminary; and these people are the core of our support. And it is good to have these spaces being used; empty buildings doing nothing do not advance the kingdom of service and love.
Ann Roebuck and Taryn Habberley helped make this moment possible. With events in general, the sacristans often play their part. Facilities often have to come in to help organize the space and then return the space back to normal. I am very grateful to all those who make these moments of hospitality possible. I appreciate that it is hard work; hospitality alway is. And I am grateful that we have staff and students who put themselves out to make something good happen.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President