Palmerton's 'music man' will be honored Sunday John Goodman being remembered for his work in the school and community
Special to the TIMES NEWS Members of the First United Church of Christ congregation sing during a concert held in September in honor of former Palmerton Area High School music teacher John Goodman. A second concert in honor of Goodman will be held Sunday at 7 p.m. at the church.
Former students, friends and colleagues will combine their voices and instrumental music talents to pay tribute to John Goodman, former music teacher in the Palmerton Area School District, on Sunday.
The second in a series of concerts will be held at the First United Church of Christ, 457 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton, at 7 p.m. The concert is organized by Richard and Darlene Nothstein of Palmerton.
Goodman, who passed away in the spring after a long bout with cancer, was a vocal and instrumental music teacher in the district for many years, and went on to become the media director for the Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit. He had also been the "house" organist for the Hershey Theatre for several decades; and played at Radio City, Atlantic City, as well as some of the most notable cathedrals in Europe.
Internationally-acclaimed organist Mark Laubach, who attributes much of his growth and interest in music to Goodman, will be one of the featured soloists.
"Jack was an amazing man and a brilliantly talented musician, and he was one of the first people to invite me to play for a church service, at Dubbs UCC in Allentown, where he was the resident musician at that time," said Laubach, who vividly recalls the experience since it was his eighth birthday.
"He was so supportive of me and my talent, and I always will be grateful for that," Laubach said. "I'm pleased to be able to give back in some way and honor his memory at this forthcoming event at First UCC in Palmerton."
Laubach is currently Organist and Choirmaster at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre, and also serves on the music faculty at Marywood University.
Along with Laubach's presentations, former Palmerton music teacher Tom Heinz will offer oboe selections. In addition to these solo offerings, the 50-voice "Holiday Homecoming Chorus" will bring to life many of Goodman's favorite songs and original compositions. Former Palmerton music teacher Joseph Plechavy will be conducting the concert with accompaniment by Cindy Mack.
Richard Nothstein said the concert is being held to honor Goodman's many accomplishments and contributions to the musical enjoyment of the Palmerton area.
"Many of the performers, who learned so much from Goodman, will be presenting some of his favorite songs, arrangements, and original compositions," Nothstein said. "The memorial concert should bring back to life the pleasure of remembering the joy and beauty of the sounds that Palmerton's "Music Man", Jack Goodman, brought to us."
Anyone who has any questions may contact Nothstein at (610) 826-7339, or Plechavy at (610) 360-8343.