Upcoming Concerts & Events
Wednesday, October 1, 7pm
The season kicks off on October 1 with a special performance by Norwegian musicians Solveig Leithaug on guitar and Alexander Rybak on violin.
Ms. Leithaug, who is known for singing Scandinavian folk music as well as gospel, has 14 solo recordings and three best-selling children’s CDs to her credit. The Dove Award-winning recording artist has served as a guest artist at official Parliament functions, national and international conferences, television broadcasts, and inner-city and prison outreach events.
Alexander Rybak displayed prodigious musical talent at an early age. After emigrating with his parents from Minsk, Belarus, to Norway, he studied violin and piano; by the time he was a teenager, he was performing on the violin with orchestras around the world. His breakthrough came in 2009, when he won the Eurovision Song Contest with his original composition “Fairytale”, which went on to top the charts all over Europe. At 28, he has released four albums and continues to tour throughout the world.
The performance is free and open to the public.
On Sunday afternoon, October 12, the first organ concert of the season will be presented by Mark Laubach, organist and choirmaster of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and honorary Canon Precentor of the Diocese of Bethlehem, PA.
Since winning first prize in the 1984 American Guild of Organists (AGO) National Young Artists’ Competition in Organ Performance, Canon Laubach has been known and respected throughout the United States and abroad as a gifted recitalist. He has performed in notable concert venues in the United States, including the Kennedy Center and the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. He has also performed in Great Britain at the cathedrals of Bristol, Chichester, Gloucester, Lincoln, Norwich, and Wells, as well as at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, and at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge.
The concert is sponsored by a gift from Lois and Peter Fyfe.