St. John’s Concert Series
August 26, 2018 4:00 PM
Irish Blessing, the acclaimed York, PA based family band, intensely carries on the purest forms of traditional Irish music & dance. Born in the renovated Srour family basement studio in York, PA, these humble beginnings have bloomed into a highly-acclaimed dance and music troupe that travels around the world, blessing audiences from New York to New Zealand with toe-tapping melodies, powerful dance, and infectious enthusiasm. They are veterans and continued guests at The Pennsylvania Celtic Fling, The Pittsburg Irish Festival, Maryland Irish Festival, PennMar Irish Festival, and Whare Flat Folk Fest in Otago, New Zealand.
Sunday, September 30 4:00 PM
LYRA is a community of professional musicians from the Saint Petersburg (Russia) Conservatoire focused on exploring and popularizing Russian choir music. Through their repertoire of sacred music as well as arias from operas by Russian and foreign composers, LYRA hopes to introduce the musical heritage of the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as traditions of Russian folk music.
All-Saints Evensong/Amy Yovanovich
Sunday, November 4 4:00 PM
Amy Yovanovich is one of the finest and most sought-after mezzo-sopranos in Central PA. She has performed with the Lancaster, Harrisburg & Reading Lite Opera companies as well as in numerous oratorios and musicals at the Fulton Opera House. She is the Executive Director of the State Street Academy of Music and instructs vocal music at the Lancaster Academy of Music and Westgate Baptist Church. In September 2014, Amy was featured in St. John’s Concert Series Inaugural Concert.
Jeff Stabley Quartet
Featuring Vocalist Dred “Perky” Scott
Saturday, December 1 7:00 PM
Jeff Stabley teaches Jazz Studies at York College of Pennsylvania where he directs the Jazz Ensemble and Groove Ensemble. He has been the artistic director for “Jazz In The City” hosted on First Fridays by The Studio at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts. Jeff has twice received York City’s artist of the month award and in 2016 was inducted into the York City Hall of Fame.
Vocalist Dred “Perky” Scott has performed and worked with a wide number of significant artists and was architect of Harrisburg’s popular “Jazz in the Sanctuary.” Currently Dred pastors to the congregation of the United Methodist Church in Baltimore, MD.
Sunday, January 20, 2019 4:00 PM
York Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Denise Dillenbeck is a versatile musician, with a strong background in orchestral, chamber and solo playing. She has toured Europe and America with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has played with the Seattle Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Pennsylvania Ballet Theater, Philly Pops, and many other orchestras across the U.S. She is currently concertmaster of the Yakima Symphony, Siletz Bay Music Festival Orchestra, Lake Chelan Bach Festival Orchestra and the Northwest Sinfonietta. She loves to create multi-layered performance experiences that invite audiences to broaden their vision and open their hearts.
Sunday, March 10, 2019 4:00 PM
The choir of St. John Episcopal Church will present this Evensong to celebrate Transfiguration, when Christ’s personal appearance was changed to a glorified form. This service will feature a liturgy which will be sung by both choir and congregation. A recital featuring local Young Artists will follow.
Peabody Conservatory Renaissance Ensemble
Sunday, April 7, 2019 4:00 PM
Comprised of students and staff from Baltimore’s famed Peabody Conservatory of Music, the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble consists of a vocal ensemble and instrumental consorts of violas da gamba, recorders, lutes and guitars, and percussion. This program will be in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death with music from his time including Italian, Spanish and a set from the 1518 Henry VIII songbook.
Community Independence Day Service
Thursday, July 4, 2019 10:00 AM
featuring First Capital Brass
Start your July 4th celebration with a moving service using the liturgy from the 1789 Book of Common Prayer. York’s own First Capital Brass will once again provide patriotic music for this popular service and present a recital immediately following. Attendees will have the opportunity to ring York’s Liberty Bell, housed in St. John’s Lovelace Commons.
“One of the most intimately acoustic venues in the region.” ~Tim Warfield, Jazz saxophonist.
“The audience for St John’s Concert Series is intellectually appreciative of our performances.”
“The St John’s Concert Series is a community gem that gives both regional and world-renowned artists a venue in a very intimate setting.” – Jim Hoffman, First Capital Brass
“As a member of the Hershey Handbell Ensemble, I have had the privilege of participating in this wonderful concert series. The acoustics of the venue are great. The audiences have been large and very appreciative. The ensemble looks forward to participating in this concert series.” – Laine Heltebridle, Hershey Handbell Ensemble
“The York Community is very fortunate to have a concert series that features outstanding local and regional artists in a vibrant and beautiful setting. The organizers at St. John have done an outstanding job bringing a wide variety of quality live music to York area residents, helping to make our city a real destination for the arts. First Capital Brass is happy to bring patriotic music to the 4th of July service each year and look forward to being back again next year!”– Jon Moyer, First Capital Brass
The Concert Series at St John’s Episcopal Church has become our way to wind down one week and refresh for next. Most months, on a late Sunday afternoon, we go to the church to enjoy and appreciate a variety of musical performances. This experience is greatly enhanced by the surrounding beauty of St. John’s, which, by the way, has the best acoustics any performer could hope for!
Daniel and Wanda Blakemore – audience members
“A treat on a Sunday afternoon to hear inspiring music in such a beautiful setting.” – Barbara Linder, audience member
Welcome to the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist!
Welcome to our fifth season of presenting Stirring Music in a Sacred Space! We’ve once again assembled a variety of exceptional concerts to be enjoyed in our beautiful and historic sanctuary in the heart of downtown York.
• The fabulous Jonathan Srour and Irish Blessing will literally “kick off” the season with an energetic display of Irish music and dance.
• Vocal ensemble LYRA, a crowd favorite, returns with their marvelous mix of Russian sacred, folk, and operatic music.
• Amy Yovanovich, the spectacular mezzo-soprano who in 2014 presented the inaugural concert in our series, will offer a recital following the All Saints Evensong Service in November.
• Celebrate York’s Christmas Tree Lighting on December 1 and then join us for Christmas Jazz—Yorkstyle featuring the Jeff Stabley Quartet with vocalist Perky Scott.
• Violinist Denise Dillenbeck, Concertmaster of the York Symphony, brings her extraordinary talent to St. John’s on January 20.
• We showcase local artists of the future when several of York’s finest student musicians perform following the March 10 Evensong Service.
• Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory Renaissance Ensemble makes its York debut on April 7.
• A perennial favorite, the Community Independence Day Service featuring First Capital Brass along with Rodney Barnett, organist, rounds out the season.
Our recently acquired platforms will allow for a better view of the artists from all seats in the church. No more craning your neck or scrambling for those front pews.
All events are free and open to the public and are followed by gracious receptions hosted by St. John’s “Encore” hospitality committee.
Free will offerings offset a portion of our costs. However, if you are interested in providing additional support or would like to receive email notification of upcoming concerts, please complete and return the attached form.
Thanks to the artists, concert series patrons, the Elizabeth S. Bonham Fund and you, our audience members, former rector David Lovelace’s vision of St. John’s providing a space for the community to gather and hear wonderful music continues to grow and thrive.
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s concerts.
Brian Moul, Chair
St. John’s Concert Series Committee