Laós (λαός) translates to “people” or “people assembled”, and is one of the root words that the modern term “liturgy” derives from. Liturgy derives from two ancient Greek words lēitos (more simplified as laòs) and -ergos, which roughly translates to “public” and “work” respectively. Laós in “liturgy” refers to not a passive congregation of people, but rather an active community, who commits to bridge building as a means to congregate.
Inspired by the tradition of liturgy as an active invitation to community and belongingness through public participation, Laós Chamber Music believes that music can also serve as a conduit for human connection and incubate safe and vulnerable spaces for individuals to feel welcomed and heard. Laós believes that music is not a one way street, but rather a conversation among everyone participating, both as a performer and listener.
Entering its inaugural season in the Fall of 2022, Laós Chamber Music is a project of The Rector, Wardens, and Vestry of TheChurch of Our Saviour in San Gabriel, California. In its inaugural season, Laòs hopes to expand on its mission to: