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The St. Luke’s Festival Choir will sing Choral Evensong – a centuries-old English tradition of sung evening prayer – for Eastertide, followed by a concert by the Eaken Piano Trio on Sunday, May 21.
Evensong will begin at 6:00 p.m. in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 22 S. Sixth Street, Lebanon, with the concert at approximately 7:00 p.m.
The Eaken Trio is currently comprised of Emily Karosas Konkle (violin), Gary Boerckel (piano), and Andrew Rammon (cello).
Originally founded by John Eaken and Nancy Baun in the 1980s, the Trio was affiliated with several central Pennsylvania colleges and presented concerts throughout the United States and Europe. A holiday album, “Home for the Holidays,” was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1997, and the Trio’s Christmas program was a staple on public radio for some years.
The Trio performed numerous times at St. Luke’s (including their Christmas concert) before John Eaken’s death in 2019, but this is their first performance for us since their reorganization in 2021, when continuing members Gary Boerckel (professor emeritus at Lycoming College) and Andrew Rammon (instructor at Susquehanna University) were joined by Emily Karosas Konkle (section violinist of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra). At St. Luke’s the Trio’s concert will include Felix Mendelssohn’s Trio in D Minor and Antonin Dvorak’s “Dumky” Trio, two of the most popular masterpieces of the piano trio literature.
The Festival Choir is led by Jason Yannuzzi, interim choirmaster, and Dr. Terry Heisey, organist and music director. This Evensong will include music of Sir William Harris, Basil Harwood, and Dan Locklair. The event is free to attend, but a freewill offering will be received during the service.