2011-2012 Program

Saturday, May 5, 2012
7:00 PM
Steve Rudolph Trio with guest vocalist J.D. Walter

Yamaha Performing Artist Steve Rudolph, with fellow musicians Steve Meashey, bassist and Joe Hunt, drums will be joined by featured vocal soloist, J.D. Walter,  to bring a memorable evening of jazz to the Erie community.

Steve began his career with the Tommy Dorsey orchestra. His vast experience encompasses concert performances with many jazz masters including Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Terry Gibbs, Rufus Reid, Buddy Tate, Al Grey, Bill Goodwin, and Sal Nistico. He has toured throughout the U.S., India, Europe, Canada, Russia and the Caribbean. For five consecutive years Harrisburg Magazine has named Steve "Best musician in Central Pa." Steve is a founder of the Central PA Friends of Jazz and, since 1978, has been largely responsible for the growth and development of the thriving jazz scene in Central Pennsylvania.

"... Rudolph is a savvy, swinging, consistent, glimmering heavyweight.  His time is impeccable and the subtlety of his articulation and his ability to make dynamic changes is impressive....... Rudolph is outstanding."
-Joe Patitucci   Jazz Improv Magazine  

http://archives.citypaper.net/images/articles/2011/01/13/agenda_picks7-1.jpg Listen to this live recording of the Steve Rudolph Trio and J.D. Walter as broadcast by NPR station WVIA 

"Walter is reshaping what jazz singing is all about. He is opening up familiar material to the most adventurous kinds of interpretation, while continuing to engage and entertain his audiences. . .he is an original in an art overpopulated with copycats."

- Don Heckman, LA Times

A suggested donation of $10 per person is requested. Cash, Check or credit card accepted.


Saturday, December 24, 2011
Christmas Eve Meditation for Piano, Cello and Handbells

Familiar carols
commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ precede the Service of Holy Eucharist on the Eve of the Nativity beginning at 6:00 PM and again for the Service of Lessons and Carols at 11PM as presented under the direction of Cantor Walt Gaber.

Sunday, March 18, 2012
Bach Festival VI with g
uest artists: "Quire"
Quire Cleveland, Ross Duffin, Artistic Director, is a professional choral ensemble, founded in 2008, that performs choral masterpieces of the late Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras, and beyond.

Quire was the featured guest artist for Bach VI. Quire's program, entitled, Lobet den Herrn, features leading composers of the 16th through 18th centuries, including Heinrich Isaac, Johann Walther, Heinrich Schütz, and several members of the Bach family.

"To hear this professional choir singing Renaissance and Baroque music in which it specializes was to know something on the order of bliss. The ensemble’s program, “Lobet den Herrn: German Music for Quire,” was packed with sacred works by some of the greats of the 15th through 18th centuries, including composers that deserve more than footnotes in music history." 
-Donald Rosenberg, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Watch Ross Duffin on the origin of Quire:

Listen to Quire's performance of Johann Michael Bach's work, "Jesu, meine freude."

Sunday, April 1, 2012
4:00 PM
Journey to the Cross:
   Piano Reflections on the Passion of Christ
Walt Gaber, Cantor

Lent and the Passion have inspired a rich collection of Christian hymns and chorale tunes. This hour of reflective piano music, presented by Walt Gaber on the Yamaha grand piano, is designed to transport you on a musical and spiritual journey through Christ's last days on earth - known as His Passion.

The miracle of the Resurrection, celebrated in Easter, is central to the Christian faith.  Easter is fully understood when the preceding events, experiences and emotions of Christ and those around him are embraced. During this hour, you will hear many well-known and well-loved hymns and chorales.  The settings go from Bach and Pachelbel to contemporary composers. The  various styles shed new light on familiar tunes.  Some works will challenge your listening.  Expect to have a more meaningful Easter through this brief time of personal musical and spiritual reflection.

Luther Memorial Concert Series 225 West 10th Street, Erie PA 16510 814-454-0106