Calendar of Events updated June 2, 2011

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Canon Mark Laubach's 25th

May 22 Evensong and Laubach Celebration

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Canon Mark Laubach’s service to the church following a choral Evensong at 5:00 pm Sunday, May 22, in the church, at 35 South Franklin Street.  Evensong is one of the most beautiful services in the Anglican tradition, and the public is invited to stay for the reception afterward.

Music at the Evensong will include Let the People Praise Thee, O God, the majestic anthem composed by William Mathias for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in July, 1981.  The St. Stephen’s choirs under Mark Laubach’s direction also will sing the Evening Canticles in E by Herbert Murrill, and William Smith’s Preces & Responses.

Mark Laubach came to St. Stephen's as Minister of Music January 2, 1986, just two years after winning the National Young Artists Competition in organ performance.  He was appointed a Fellow in Church Music at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, and shortly thereafter came to St. Stephens.  Canon Laubach has performed in major venues all over the world, including the Kennedy Center, St. Thomas Church and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (both in New York), and in London at St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, as well as the King’s Chapel in Cambridge.

Canon Laubach administers a busy liturgical, choral, concert, and broadcasting schedule at St. Stephen’s. In 2002, under his supervision the church’s large pipe organ was rebuilt by the Berghaus Organ Company of Chicago. This instrument now stands among the finest of its type in the Mid-Atlantic region, having won high praise from organists and audiences.
Suzanne Fisher Staples
570.561.5962 (cell)

Choral Evensong at Mediator Allentown, April 3

[From Clint Miller, Organist/Choirmaster]

Mediator’s Lenten Choral Evensong will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, April 3rd at 4:00 o’clock. The Choir will sing the music of four composers from different eras of musical history: an Introit by F Melius Christiansen (1871-1955), founder and conductor of the famed St. Olaf Choir, the Preces and Responses by Humphrey Clucas (b. 1941), a self-taught English composer as well as a poet and singer and Lay Vicar (member of the choir) of Westminster Abbey. The canticles Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis are settings by another Britt, Sir George Dyson (1883-1964) who was, among other posts, the long-time director of the Royal College of Music. The anthem at the Offering will be Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s  Sicut cervus (Like as the Hart) and Sitivit anima mea (My spirit  thirsts), settings of verses 1 though 3 of Psalm 42. Palestrina (ca. 1525-1594), “the greatest of the late Renaissance composers” was famous in his day, and if anything his reputation increased after his death. He was also the long-time maestro di cappella, the papal choir of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

A reception will follow the  service in the Commons Room.

The Episcopal Church of the Mediator
1620 Turner Street, Allentown
Parking is available in The  Masonic Temple lot on Linden Street across from West Park.