First Presbyterian Church, 97 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre will host a special concert in partnership with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chamber Music Society in celebration of its 250th anniversary on Friday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. This exciting program will include the monumental Mendelssohn Octet and Poulenc Organ Concerto featuring organist, Mark Laubach.
The program will include: Elgar Serenade for String Orchestra in E Minor, Op. 20 Poulenc Concerto for Organ, Timpani, and Strings in G Minor, FP 93, Mark Laubach, organ Featuring members of the NEPA Philharmonic and NEPACMS Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048 Mendelssohn String Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20
St. John the Evangelist Church, 35 William Street, Pittston, will host a recital by organist Greg Zelek on Friday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. Greg is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School and serves as Principal Organist of the Madison Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin. This will certainly be an enjoyable and inspiring performance given by an exceptional young man. A free-will offering will be accepted.
A very special event will take place on the evening of Saturday, October 22nd at 7:30 p.m., when the international concert organist, Gail Archer will perform at the Saint Stanislaus Cathedral, 529 E. Locust Street, Scranton, PA 18505. The concert culminates the festivities for the celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the Polish National Catholic Church. Ms. Archer will play rarely heard works by Polish composers including Nowowiejski, Bacewicz, Gorecki, and Paciorkiewicz, to name a few. The concert will be performed on the Cathe- dral’s Austin organ that consists of 3 manuals, 41 ranks, 45 stops and 2,327 pipes.
A highly acclaimed artist, Ms. Archer’s 2019 European tour took her to the Brit- ish Isles, Italy, Spain, Ukraine, Poland, Russia and Malta, and she is dedicated to shedding a light on Slavic organ music in this country and the world. Her new CD of Polish organ music CD, Cantius, was released in March of 2022. One of the pieces we will hear that evening is Improvisation on a Polish Hymn (Kto sie opieke, Blessed Is He) by Mieczyslaw Surszynski. We hope you will come and experience a world class artist performing this unique repertoire. There is no charge for the concert. Bring your family and friends!