The mission of the Arts at St. John’s, now in its 26th year, is to view the arts as an expression of God’s creation and to enrich the spiritual and artistic experiences of the Lehigh Valley community.
The arts have always been a vehicle for humankind to explore the deep questions of life and its meaning. One of the traditional roles of the church throughout history has been to nurture the arts.
St. John’s has had a rich heritage of quality music over the years. It possesses an outstanding organ: an E.M. Skinner instrument with 4 manuals and 87 ranks. The church is located in Allentown’s cultural district. It is therefore appropriate that St. John’s be a center to present the gifts of the arts community and develop programs and dialogues for mutual benefit and growth.
The Arts of St. John’s annually presents a series of events: 50-minute programs on Tuesdays in April and October as well as full-length programs during the year on weekends.
2017 ARTS AT ST. JOHN’S SERIES FEATURES COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
The 2017 series of The Arts at St. John’s focuses on three Lehigh Valley musical organizations, each of which is noted for its quality and popularity: The Allentown Symphony, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, and The Allentown Band.
Diane Wittry, Music Director and Conductor of The Allentown Symphony, invited The Arts at St. John’s to be one of the organizations to participate in their Organ Extravanza during the week of March 5-12. Eric Plutz, Princeton University organist, who was with us two years ago with a fine recital, will perform a concert with music ranging from Bach and Mendelssohn to arrangements of “Old Folks at Home” and “O, Beautiful for Spacious Skies.” The program will take place at St. John’s on Tuesday, March 7, at 12:30 PM.
The April series of The Arts at St. John’s will be performed exclusively by musicians of The Allentown Symphony :
Tuesday, 4 April, 12 :10 PM – Eliezer Gutman, Violinist and Concertmaster
Tuesday, 11 April, 12:10 PM – Jameson Platte, Associate Principal Cello and Matthew Quayle, pianist
Tuesday, 18 April, 12:10 PM – Robin Kani, Principal Flute and Frances Duffy, Principal Harp
Friday, 28 April, 7:30 PM – Allentown Symphony Chorus Concert
Diane Wittry, Music Director and Conductor
E him duardo Azzati, Chorus Master
The final program will be a concert of sacred music accompanied by brass, percussion, and organ.
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem which draws capacity audiences to St. John’s will again present performances on the 2nd Tuesday in the summer months: June 13, July 11, and August 8.
The Allentown Band, America’s oldest band and a favorite organization in the Lehigh Valley, conducted by Ron Demkee, will return on Sunday, September 24, at 4 PM.
Watch for announcements of the October series which will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with the theme, “From Luther to Today.”
The Arts at St. John’s has planned a season of Great Music in a Great Space with a variety of programs for audiences with different interests.
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