Cinnaminson, New Jersey
July 11, 2005
At 8pm on Saturday, there was a free concert of baroque music inside this very large church. There were five musicians on brass instruments who performed several pieces. The church is very imposing with its tall columns of the entrance and very tall cupola. It has great acoustics. That evening, it was so full, there weren’t enough chairs for everybody, and some people were sitting on the stairs to chapels, some were standing. I sat on the stairs of the chapel behind the musicians and listened in the half-darkness of the large hall. The statues on both sides in the niches seemed to also listen, and you heard no noise.
The church is neoclassical in style, with multiple borders of flower motifs above the massive columns that support the arches of the first floor, the balconies of the second floor, and the windows above. The cupola is above the choir, has another level of windows, and then aims high into the depth of the sky. Multiple chapels are covered with paintings of biblical scenes and marble statues. The church seemed to be somewhat too massive for the music that was performed in it. The style of this church is similar to La Madeleine, but it looks too heavy.
From journal Paris in September - Part III