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February 21, 2013

Popular noon recitals return to city church

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown church will resume a series of free daytime performances.

Tuesday Noon Recital Series will be held March 5, 12, 19 and 26 at First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St. downtown.

The concerts will be followed by a light lunch at 12:30 p.m.

The recitals originally were intended to be a lunchtime break for people who work downtown but have attracted a far wider audience.

They receive support from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts through its Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.

McCort ensemble

 A choral ensemble from Bishop McCort High School will reopen the recitals March 5.

The ensemble’s performance was postponed by bad weather in October.

The rescheduled program will feature some of the best young voices in Johnstown, directed by Susan Pearce of Conemaugh Township, Somerset County.

 Pearce has been a vocal soloist and piano and voice teacher for many years and has been featured in the noontime series herself.

She is the choral director at Bishop McCort.

Piano performance

Sarah Pruss, organist and choir director at Second Presbyterian Church in Moxham, will perform on piano March 12.

She received a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Pennsylvania State University, where she also received an honors degree in music.

Pruss was raised in Central City and teaches private piano lessons from her home in Richland Township.

Christian trio

Chord of Grace, a trio from Somerset County, will sing their arrangements of traditional and contemporary hymns March 19.

Trio members are Susan Glessner of Friedens, assistant music director at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Somerset, and soloist and pianist with the Laurel Highlands Chorale; Angela Lyons of Boswell, organist at St. Paul’s Presbyterian; and Mike Kaufman of Boswell, who sings at the Jennerstown United Methodist Church and in the Laurel Highlands Chorale.

Holy Week organist

Robert Lacovic will present organ meditations for Holy Week on the church’s 3,000-pipe restored Skinner organ March 26.

He was organist and choirmaster at the former Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in the Cambria City section of Johnstown, playing a First Friday recital to an audience that was standing room only.

 Lacovic, who holds a degree in music from the University of Pittsburgh, also has served at various other churches and has accompanied the Pitt Men’s Glee Club, Johnstown Symphony Chorale and Johnstown Choraleers.

He has served as music director for 25 theatrical productions in the region and has been providing individualized piano instruction in the Johnstown area for 34 years.

Recitals also will be presented in June and October.

It takes the work of about 30 volunteers to make the series a success.

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