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The Festival Choir of Lebanon’s St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will perform at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Marietta, in western Lancaster County, on Sunday, March 19.

The 6 p.m. “Choral Evensong” concert is free to attend, but seating in the church is limited, so early arrivals are recommended.

Evensong services are an ancient tradition of singing evening prayers, combined with a liturgy.

The road performance came through connections developed by Dr. Karl Moyer, an LVC alumnus and organist at St. John’s; Dr. Terry Heisey, organist at St. Luke’s; and William Claxton, choirmaster at St. Luke’s. This will actually by the third visit by the St. Luke’s Festival Choir to St. John’s.

St. John’s Church’s interim rector, Rev. Julian Eibin, will lead the liturgy. The choir, led by Heisey, will sing the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, with settings composed by Moyer. The evening’s anthem will be “Wash Me Thoroughly from My Wickedness” by Samuel Sebastian Wesley. Heisey will play “Wondrous Love” by Daniel Pinkham for the service prelude and “At Even-tide” by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford for the postlude.

After the liturgy, Moyer will perform 30 minutes of music that demonstrates the range of sounds available on the small pipe organ, including “Grand Choeur Dialogue” by Eugène Gigout and the “Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 550” by Bach.

St. John’s Episcopal Church is located at 239 E. Market St. in Marietta.

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