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Bach and Handel Chorale to host benefit concert

Published May 03. 2012 05:01PM

The Bach and Handel Chorale concludes its 2011-2012 concert schedule singing a program of sacred music at The Lutheran Church of St. John in the Heights, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe, at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5.

St. John's and the Bach and Handel Chorale have a long tradition together. The church is home to the chorale, as the church has provided rehearsal space for over 25 years.

The chorale delights in singing the benefit concert to help raise funds for the church's Organ Repair and Restoration Fund.

The church's Kimball organ is nearly 100 years old.

The organ was installed in St. John's in 1918, and it's been 50 years since it last had a major restoration and repair.

Randall Douglas Perry, artistic director and conductor of the chorale, learned to play the organ at age 11 from the Rev. H. Oscar Schlessman, then pastor of St. John in the Heights and a renowned organist in his own right.

Maestro Perry will play Karg-Elert's "Nun Danket all Gott" on the historic organ.

Maestro Perry will also conduct and accompany the chorale on the piano.

The concert will feature hymns and anthems written by a range of composers, such as "Thou Knowest, Lord, the Secrets of our Hearts" by Henry Purcell; "Lead Me, Lord" by Samuel Sebastian Wesley; "Lord, I Call, O Hear Me" by Franz Joseph Haydn; "He Was Despised" by Karl H. Graun; "A Mighty Fortress" by Gordon Young and others.

In a tip of the hat to the Three Tenors, two tenors from the chorale, James Varley and Stephen Kruzick will sing "Take Up Your Cross" by David Haas.

A free will offering will be collected for the organ restoration.

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