the premier chamber choir in northeast pennsylvania

Dr. Steven Thomas, Director


Bach Festival

NEPA Bach Festival Organ Concert

The NEPA Bach Festival opens on Saturday, March 17 at 4:00 pm with an organ concert at First Presbyterian Church in Wilkes-Barre. The concert will be given by organist Stephen Williams, who is Director of Music Ministries and Organist at Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, PA.

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Stephen Williams, Guest Organist

Program Notes

NEPA Bach Festival Chamber Music Concert

On Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 pm, in St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre, members of the Arcadia Festival Orchestra will perform a program of chamber music by J. S. Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann and Brahms. Ed Wargo, Martha McAdams and Tsukasa Waltich will perform Telemann’s Trio in F major for flute, viola, and continuo. Tom Heinze, Harold Levin and Gayle Klaber will perform a Bach trio sonata arranged by Mr. Heinze for oboe, viola and cello. Concertmaster Sophie Till, along with John Vaida, Amy Iwazumi and Christiane Appenheimer-Vaida, will perform Brahms’ String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, and Jeffrey Ellenberger will be the featured mandolin soloist in a performance of Vivaldi’s Mandolin Concerto in C major, RV 425.

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Tom Heinze, Artistic Director of Chamber Concert

Jeffrey Ellenberger, mandolin soloist



NEPA Bach Festival Choral Concert

The Bach Festival concludes with a performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on Sunday, March 18 at 3:00 pm in St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre. The concert features the Arcadia Chorale, the Wilkes University Chorus, the Kantorei Choir of the Choral Society of NEPA (under the direction of Leslie Moran), the Arcadia Festival Orchestra, and a number of guest vocal soloists. The St. Matthew Passion is arguably Bach’s masterpiece, and one of the greatest works of art in the Western canon. This monumental and deeply moving setting of the Passion story features tenor Gene Stenger as the Evangelist and baritone Timothy Lefebvre as Jesus, with additional vocal solos by Jessica Hitchcock, Martina Barna, Ellen Rutkowski, Kathy Brink, Vale Rideout, George Levandowski, Jenna Ash, Lauren Cuccia, Kathleen C. Shucosky, Wes Poole, Christopher Gallo and Llewellyn Miller.

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Gene Stenger, tenor, who will be performing the role of the Evangelist Timothy Lefebvre, baritone, who will be performing the role of Jesus


Jessica Hitchcock, soprano
Ellen Rutkowski, mezzo-soprano
Vale Rideout, tenor

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Sophie Till, Concertmaster, Orchestra 1 John Vaida, Concertmaster, Orchestra 2 Leslie Mason Moran, director of Kantorei Choir


Martina Barna, soprano
Kathy Brink, alto
George Levandowski, baritone