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Concerts offered to help Christians reflect on Lent

By Linda Gracey

lgracey@altoonamirror.com

With busy schedules, finding time to pause and consider the meaning of the Lenten season is not always easy.

To help Christians reflect on their faith and do some introspection, the Lenten “Bach” Concert Series will be presented at 1 p.m. Sundays at Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., Altoona. Devotional and meditative music will be performed in the sanctuary for the next five weeks.

Organized by Asa W. Carns, a church musician from Clearfield, the series has been offered for about 20 years and has been held at several different churches in the Altoona area. It originally was started as a concert during the lunch hour on Wednesdays, but was changed to Sunday last year so families and friends could attend the concerts together.

Different musicians perform at each concert and select music that is meaningful to them, Carns said. For example, Carns said Brandy Davis will perform a mix of standard clarinet repertoire, light tunes and lyrical songs to take the listener on a reflective journey. Her selections will include works from German, French and American composers.

Carns, who accompanied other musicians but was not featured in a concert last year, will conclude the series by offering musical meditations on piano and organ.

Beginning the series on Sunday (March 1) will be Ginger Reinhardt, soprano, and The Grier School Honors Choir. Carns said this will be the choir’s first appearance at the Lenten concert series.

Other concerts will feature musicians who have performed at previous concerts.

They are:

– March 8 — Judy Moore on flute.

– March 15 — 3 Four One, a female trio.

– March 22 — Brandy Davis on clarinet.

– March 29 — Asa W. Carns on piano and organ.

The concerts are free; donations will be accepted.

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