Music from Diocesan Convention on WVIA 89.9 FM

Dear Friends in the Diocese of Bethlehem and beyond:
I just learned from WVIA 89.9 FM Public Radio that music from the Diocesan Convention Eucharist, including the Missa Luba, will be featured on our program, Music from St. Stephen’s, on Sunday, November 1st at 4 p.m. If you’re near a radio or a computer, be listening!  (BTW, WVIA is in the midst of its fall fund drive; their support from the State of Pennsylvania was cut 88%, and they need new members to recover from a loss of around $750,000! I encourage you to call 877-700-9842 and become a member; if you do, we’d be grateful if you let them know that Music from St. Stephen’s is among your favorite programs!)
But back to November 1st! When you’ve finished listening to Missa Luba on the radio, come in person to St. Stephen’s for a 5 p.m. All Souls’ Day Requiem Mass with Bishop Paul as celebrant. The mass will feature the music of Maurice Duruflé’s exquisite Requiem, Op. 9. The combined choirs of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre will be conducted by Canon Russell Jackson and accompanied by yours truly at the organ. This will be an extraordinarily beautiful liturgy, and a unique opportunity to hear the music of this profoundly moving musical setting of the Requiem in its true, liturgical context.
Should you not be able to be with us on November 1st at St. Stephen’s, you have another chance to hear us sing the Duruflé at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity on Sunday, November 8th at 4 p.m. It should be noted, however, that this performance will not be in a liturgical setting, but in a concert setting. Even so, it will be truly beautiful, and I hope many of you can be with us for either or both occasions!
Blessings to you and yours –
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
Telephone:   (570)825-6653
Fax:   (570)825-0430

Trinity Bethlehem organist Dr. Timothy Smith in recital

[From Mother Laura Howell] Join us on Sunday, October 4th at 4 p.m. (following the Blessing of the Animals) for an organ recital played by Trinity's organist Timothy Smith. This will be Tim's first recital in Bethlehem since coming to Trinity last February. He will perform music of Bach, the monumental B-Minor Prelude and Fugue; Mendelssohn, the First Organ Sonata; Gigout, Grand Chorus Dialogue, which pits the organ's trumpets against the full ensemble. Also on the program will be several short pieces including works by by jazz pianist George Shearing, Robert Elmore and Dale Wood plus a beautiful Psalm Prelude by English composer Herbert Howells. A reception will follow the program so please join us and bring a friend, or two!

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Biggest, Boldest, Best Block Party Around

posted by Kat Lehman

Check out the Block Party "A Celebration of Gifts" this Saturday, September 19th from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Market Street between New and Center Streets in Bethlehem. Trinity, Bethlehem has been actively planning this event in conjunction with other churches, social agencies, community groups and the city government for about 8 months.

There are over 30 groups performing including the Bethlehem Bagpipe Band, Trinity's own Singing Priests, musicians and singers from Holy Infancy, Moravian Academy band and choirs, the O'Grady-Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance, storytelling by Mayor Callahan and MANY, MANY MORE! There are also games and crafts for kids plus food and lots of fun. What an awesome way to spend Saturday!

Come celebrate!!

Grace, Honesdale to inaugurate "new" piano

[From Fr. Ed Erb] "Cords and Strings" is the theme of a voice recital to be held by local baritone Ken Platt 6:00 PM, Sunday, June 21, at Grace Episcopal Church, Honesdale.  Selections include works by Beethoven, Hugo Wolff, Maurice Ravel, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and John Ireland.  Rev. Platt is Assistant Pastor of Beach Lake (PA) Free Methodist Church and majored in classical voice at York College.

The recital will also inaugurate Grace Church's 'new' 1903 Steinway Model O baby grand piano, played by Rev. Ed Erb, rector of Grace Church.  The piano, originally a part of the music department at Wilkes University, was completely restored by Joseph D'Allessandro of Pittston.

The concert is open to the public.  Grace Church is located at the corner of Church and Ninth Streets, Honesdale.  A donation will be received at the door to benefit the piano fund.

Noonday Lenten Series, Wednesdays at St. Stephen's Wilkes-Barre

[From Canon Mark Laubach]
I’m pleased to inform you about the 2009 Lenten Series here at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

Since the 1920’s, St. Stephen’s has hosted an annual series of weekly Lenten Services for the Community, led by clergy from participating Wilkes-Barre churches of various denominations, both Catholic and Protestant. Over the years, this series has grown in popularity and now includes organ recitals (at 11:30 a.m.) the service (at 12 p.m.), and a soup and sandwich lunch (immediately after the service) for $4.00 in the Auditorium of St. Stephen’s Parish House.

Our organ recitalists this year represent a splendid group of both local and regional performers. The list follows ….

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Organ recital at St. Stephen's Wilkes-Barre, March 29

[From Mark Laubach]
Dear Friends:
I’m pleased to invite you to another dedicatory organ recital here at St. Stephen’s Church on Sunday, March 29th at 4 p.m.! I say “another” because I played the first dedicatory recital in April of 2003 after the completion of the work on all but the Solo division of the organ. Now that the Solo division has been added (in October 2008), the organ is truly COMPLETE, and this recital gives us an opportunity to celebrate this magnificent achievement!

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