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PAI Concert in Wilkes-Barre, July 17

From: Mark Laubach <>
Date: July 13, 2010 10:23:33 PM EDT
To: Mark Laubach <>
Subject: Organ, Orchestra, and Choirs Concert this Saturday at 8 PM

Dear Friends:

At 8 PM this Saturday, July 17th, St. Stephen's will be privileged to host an extraordinary concert presented by faculty and students participating in the 2010 Wyoming Seminary Performing Arts Institute (PAI). Featured will be the Institute's orchestral and choral ensembles, directed by Paul Hostetter (Music Director of the Colonial Symphony based in Morristown, New Jersey, and Director of Orchestral Studies at Montclair State University) and John Vaida(Chairman of the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Wyoming Seminary). I'm delighted and honored to be joining these marvelous musicians in their performance as guest organist!

PAI is a summer program of music, dance, and theater for students ages 12 through 18, and is based at Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School in Kingston. As the director of PAI, Nancy Sanderson is the "driving force" behind this exceptional program. Both students and a most distinguished faculty come from throughout the United States and abroad. The level of musicianship exhibited by the students is remarkable, so if you come to the air-conditioned comfort of St. Stephen's this Saturday evening, you will be rewarded with a very special treat - an evening of memorable music-making by gifted musicians, both seasoned professionals and eager students.

Featured in the program will be the spine-tingling Symphony No. 1 for Organ & Orchestra by Felix Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911), a thrilling work in three movements that will showcase St. Stephen's magnificent 4-manual, 87 rank Berghaus pipe organ, with yours truly at the console.

Also featured will be a performance of the fourth movement of Symphony No. 1, nicknamed "The Titan", by Gustav Mahler (1860-1911). The choirs will perform works by Heinrich Schuetz (1585-1672), Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725) and Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847). The Mendelssohn work is Hear my prayer, which is best known for a much loved setting of the words, "O, for the wings of a dove."

The concert is free. Come early for the best seating. St. Stephen's nave is comfortably air conditioned and handicap accessible. Ample parking will be available in the lot adjacent to the church and elsewhere nearby.

To read more about PAI, visit

Seldom can we hope to hear exemplary performances of these monumental works right here in our community. I hope you will make every effort to take advantage of this rare opportunity and join us this Saturday night!

See you then ....

Mark Laubach

Canon Mark Laubach, Organist & Choirmaster
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Pro-Cathedral of the Diocese of Bethlehem
35 South Franklin Street
Wilkes-Barre PA 18701
Church Phone: (570)825-6653
Church Fax: (570)825-0430
Mark's Mobile Phone: (570)704-7055


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