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Arcadia Chorale to present 30th Annual NEPA Bach Festival

The Arcadia Chorale will present the 30th Annual NEPA Bach Festival on Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15. The Bach Festival is a celebration of the music of J. S. Bach and his contemporaries, and is one of the highlights of Northeast Pennsylvania’s musical calendar. The Festival begins on Saturday afternoon with an Organ Concert, continues with a Chamber Music Concert on Saturday evening, and culminates with a Choral Concert on Sundayafternoon.

The Festival opens on Saturday, March 14 at 4:00 pm with an Organ Concert at Elm Park United Methodist Church in Scranton. The concert will be given by organist Mark Laubach, who is Organist and Choirmaster of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre. Mr. Laubach has performed to great acclaim at many notable venues in the United States, Great Britain and Germany, and has recorded three compact discs on the Pro Organo label: Teutonic TitanicsFrench Fest, and Mosaics in Sound. Mr. Laubach also teaches organ at Marywood University. The concert is free, and a free-will offering will be taken.

On Saturday, March 14 at 8:00 pm, in Covenant Presbyterian Church in Scranton, the Arcadia Festival Orchestra will afford the audience a rare opportunity to hear all six of J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos in one evening. Each concerto uses a different combination of instruments, and each shows off different members of the orchestra performing as soloists. Featured soloists will include Loriann Kerber and Ed Wargo, flutes, Tom Heinze, oboe, Ralph Dudgeon, trumpet, Jeffrey Ellenberger, Amy Iwazumi, Sophie Till and John Michael Vaida, violins, Martha McAdams and Harold Levin, violas, and Timothy Smith, harpsichord.

The Bach Festival concludes with a Choral Concert on Sunday, March 15 at 3:00 pm in Covenant Presbyterian Church in Scranton. The concert features the Arcadia Chorale and the Arcadia Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Steven Thomas, performing Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore and Haydn’s Heiligmesse. Featured soloists for the performance are Kathy Brink, Catherine Carter, Lauren Cuccia, Patrick Fisk, George Levandowski, Gina Lupini, Llewellyn Miller, Evelyn Munley, and Craig Westbrook. 
Dr. Thomas recently discussed the weekend's performances with Erika Funke on WVIA’s ArtScene program, and that interview is available here: http://stream. publicbroadcasting.net/ production/mp3/wvia/local- wvia-1038923.mp3

Admission for the Chamber Music and Choral Concerts is $15 and $12 for seniors and WVIA members. Students will be admitted free with a student ID. Admission to the Organ Concert is free. The Bach Festival is supported by a Lackawanna County Arts and Cultural grant, a program of the Lackawanna County Commissioners and the Lackawanna County Council on the Arts, and by a grant from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts.

The Arcadia Chorale (formerly the Robert Dale Chorale) is one of Northeast Pennsylvania’s premiere musical organizations and has served the region with choral concerts of the highest quality for over 35 years. The Chorale has received critical acclaim for performances of works ranging from the Renaissance to the present. The Music Director of the Chorale is Dr. Steven Thomas, who is Chair of the Division of Performing Arts and Director of Choral Activities at Wilkes University.

For more information regarding the Arcadia Chorale, to reserve tickets, or to order a copy of the Chorale’s CD, please visit www.arcadiachorale.org or contact the Chorale office at 570-871-0350. Parking information and directions are also available on the website, as is information about the Chorale’s spring Pops concert on May 1: Destinations.
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