Concerts moved to Sundays
Lent, which begins Wednesday, is a 40-day period of repentance, fasting and preparation for Christians.
For at least 18 years, Asa W. Carns, a church musician from Clearfield, has offered an opportunity for people to meditate during the Lenten season through weekly concerts featuring various local artists.
This year is no exception.
The Lenten Bach Concert Series will continue with a composition by Johann Sebastian Bach to be performed either in the prelude or during the concert.
However, the series has two changes. Lunch is no longer part of the program, and it is no longer being held on Wednesdays.
Instead, the concerts will be held at
2 p.m. Sundays beginning March 10 at Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave.
Carns said the change was made so families and friends can attend the concerts together.
“It is a great opportunity for students to hear professional performers,” said Carns, who is also a private music teacher.
Each concert is different, with vocalists and/or instrumentalists sharing selections that have been meaningful in their personal faith journeys or that are meaningful to them, he said. Carns said he does not restrict what they can perform, and they often share music that has brought joy to their hearts.
One of the concerts will feature two trumpeters, Chris Luckenbill and Richard Meyer. They will do solo pieces as well as duets, which Carns said makes for a unique sound.
The series begins with music by another instrumentalist, Brandy Davis, on clarinet.
“Her tone is very sweet, clean and pure,” Carns said.
Returning to the series will be 3 Four One, a trio consisting of Julie Hanlon, Lisa Surkovich and Rebecca Culp; Judy Moore, flutist; and Ginger Reinhardt and Aaron Ort, vocalists.
“I have the joy of accompanying everybody,” said Carns, who plays piano and organ.
He also will provide prelude music beginning at 1:50 p.m. Pastor Dennis Braun of the church will read Scripture and offer a meditation and prayer each week before the musicians begin.
In addition to concert-goers taking time to reflect on their lives and their faith, Carns is asking them to bring a pen and write a letter to a soldier as part of Operation Gratitude, a division of the Wounded Warrior Project. Paper will be provided.
For the first time this year, the series will be repeated at another venue. Concerts also will be held at
5 p.m. Sundays at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 65 Deer Creek Road, Morrisdale. Deacon Dennis Socash will provide an inspirational thought and prayer before those concerts.
The concert schedule is as follows:
– March 10 — Brandy Davis, clarinet.
– March 17 — Judy Moore, flutist.
– March 24 — Chris Luckenbill and Richard Meyer, trumpeters.
– March 31 — 3 Four One, female vocal trio
– April 7 — Ginger Reinhardt, soprano, and Aaron Ort, tenor.