Alleluia! He is Risen! What a journey we took during Holy Week — from the entrance into Jerusalem, the agony of the Passion, our Lord teaching us how to love and serve on Maundy Thursday, the impactful trek of the Stations, the shining new fire and light at the Vigil and the triumph over death and the grave on Easter morning! And the music reflected it all. Thanks to Lea Bortner who led the chime choir and Teagan and Elliot Wehr for their piano solos. We sang in joy as the Alleluias were resurrected and the bells rang.
Our 100th-anniversary celebration Concert series closed out with the Copeland String Quartet from Delaware. We were so pleased to welcome them back with a magnificent program of Haydn, Brahms and William Grant Still.
Our 2023-24 Concert series season is scheduled. The fantastic marimba player, Greg Giannascoli will return as requested on October 8 accompanied by Pottsville native, Ron Stabinsky. On November 19, Simon Maurer will present the first concert of the Beethoven Trio Project with Xun Pan, piano and Ai-Lin Hseih, cello. On April 14, 2024, the “Wrapped in Light” program based on the Psalms will be presented by composer Jill Haley, pianist Sue McDevitt and guitarist David Cullen. These pieces will be accompanied by slides.
Once our organ console refurbishment is completed, a dedication concert will be scheduled sometime (hopefully) in the 2023-24 season.
Thank you to all who helped to make our concert receptions such a highlight of our concert series. Fantastic fellowship and scrumptious food delight our audiences almost as much as meeting the artists and enjoying the concerts. You went above and beyond this year with the opening 100th-anniversary concert in October and the special benefit concert for the organ fund in January. God bless you all!