Chattanooga Now Experience music for the winter solstice at St. Peter's Episcopal Church

Chattanooga Now Experience music for the winter solstice at St. Peter's Episcopal Church

December 19th, 2018 by Susan Pierce in Chattnow Music

Tim Hinck will accompany the guest artists in this Counterpoint concert. (Facebook.com photo)

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

If you go

› What: Counterpoint Concert

› Where: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 848 Ashland Terrace

› When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21

› Admission: Free

› For more information: 423-877-2428

The next performance in Tim Hinck's Counterpoint concert series will provide music for meditation on the winter solstice, Friday, Dec. 21, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church.

"This annual solstice concert is a much-needed chance for folks to pause from the rush of holiday stress and do a little "self-care," says Hinck. "Audiences have responded with gratitude for an opportunity to pause, look inward and refocus."

The winter solstice is the day with the fewest hours of sunlight in the year, usually occurring Dec. 21 or 22. Coincidentally this month, and adding to the mysticism of the solstice because of its rarity, December's full moon —called the Full Cold Moon — will also appear the night of the 21st, though the moon will not be at its peak until the night of Dec. 22.

Since the Farmer's Almanac began tracking astronomical events in 1793, the moon has been full on the winter solstice only 10 times since 1793.

Hinck has carefully curated the music selected for the concert. He will accompany featured soloists Bryony Stroud-Watson, violinist, and Angela Baucom, violist, on piano.

"The music on the program leads the audience through several stages of the meditative process, and includes pieces by Argo Paart, J.S. Bach and some of my original music," he says.

To enhance the meditative experience, Blake Storey from Chattanooga Holistic Medicine will be on hand to speak about meditation practice at the beginning of the program, says Hinck.

Although the concert is free, donations will be accepted at the door to support future Counterpoint concerts.