(EASTON, PA) — College Hill Presbyterian Church will hold its annual “Anna Davis Day” celebration on St. Patrick’s Day. And for the first time, the concert that takes place as part of the day’s festivities will benefit a local nonprofit organization.
ProJeCt of Easton will receive the free-will offerings collected at “Tangos in Easton,” a special concert featuring flutist Nora Suggs and guitarist John Arnold. These talented musicians will play long-time instrumental favorites in the beautiful sanctuary at College Hill Presbyterian, located at 501 Brodhead St. in Easton. The concert starts at 1 p.m. and is free to the public, though a free-will offering is welcomed.
Anna Davis Day recognizes the generosity of the long-time parishioner who, before her passing in 1986, established a trust that would, among other things, support the maintenance of the organ and music program at College Hill as well as the recital that bears her name. Anna Davis Day begins with Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m. and features five anthems presented by the Sanctuary and Chamber choirs, with special keyboard music presented by Bryan Holten.
After Morning Worship, the CHPC Fellowship Committee will host a luncheon at 11:45 a.m. in Fellowship Hall (with a $10 suggested donation) which will then lead into the concert.
The Reverend Dr. Merideth S. Mueller, Interim Pastor at College Hill Presbyterian Church, is glad to see the church’s relationship with ProJeCt evolve. “We have enjoyed a long and fruitful partnership and are happy to deepen the connection. We are grateful for the foundational education programs ProJeCt offers as well as the important role of the Food Pantry for local families. Anna Davis Sunday gives us an opportunity to come together and celebrate our mutual commitment to serving the Easton community. ”
For more information about Anna Davis Day, please visit www.collegehillpc.org or call 610-253-4792.
Since 1968, ProJeCt has helped people throughout the Lehigh Valley break free from the cycle of poverty. ProJeCt’s mission is to build a better community by helping people help themselves succeed in school, work and life through adult education, family literacy, school-based programming and emergency support services.
About the musicians
JOHN S. ARNOLD, guitarist, teaches guitar at Moravian College and Lebanon Valley College, and has previously taught at the Charter High School for the Arts in Bethlehem and Vermont’s Bennington College. In addition to numerous solo performances, he is an active chamber musician, performing with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia and Allentown Symphony Orchestras, SATORI, the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble, and the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Mr. Arnold holds an Artist Diploma degree from the Hartt School, University of Hartford, where he studied with Richard Provost; and Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Guitar Performance and Guitar Pedagogy from Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University, where his major teacher was Glenn Caluda. Mr. Arnold has published arrangements for guitar with Clear Note Publications and Guitar Chamber Music Press.
DR. NORA SUGGS, flutist, is a graduate of Houston’s Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine, with extensive private education in music and degrees in biology, English literature, medicine, and surgery. She has played in England, Canada, Italy, Japan, Alaska, and throughout the continental United States; and is now active as a teacher, recitalist and chamber musician in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. Dr. Suggs is the flutist and Artistic Director of the chamber music ensemble SATORI, and for over 18 years has performed and recorded in duos with classical guitar. She has taught on the music faculty at Bethlehem’s Moravian College and at the Community Music School of the Lehigh Valley. Dr. Suggs also plays shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese bamboo flute, and has received Shihan (Masters) level performance and teaching certification on that instrument after extensive study both in Japan and the USA.
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Director of Development
ProJeCt of Easton, Inc.
320 Ferry St., Easton, PA 18042