One of the many joys of Christmas is that it is the season when the music and poetry of past ages live once more. Our program includes melodies that are more than 600 years old, with some texts almost as ancient, and several works that are younger than the youngest members of the Susquehanna Valley Chorale. Read more program notes by Gary Boerkel …
Saturday, December 10 | 7:30 pm
& Sunday, December 11 | 3 pm
Zion Lutheran Church, Sunbury – view google map
This years performance will feature the singing of popular carols, Randol Bass’s Gloria and Dan Forrest’s Festival First Nowell. The Chorale will be joined by the Zion Handbell Choir to ring in the holiday season, Commonwealth Brass Ensemble, harpist Elizabeth Asmus, flutest Amy Kenny, and David Cover on organ.
Sponsors: Dede & Bob Gronlund; Patricia McDowell
Co-sponsor: Coldwell Banker / Penn One Real Estate – Martha and Alan Barrick
Underwriters: Amy & Brooks Gronlund; C. Brian Crane & the law office of Derr, Pursel, Luschas, and Naparsteck, LLP; Lois & William VandenHeuvel
Meet Our Special Guests
Elizabeth Asmus, Harp
Elizabeth Etters Asmus is a professional musician with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in harp performance from The Juilliard School. She has recently received her certification as a Music Practitioner under the auspices of the Music for Healing and Transition Program, the only program of its kind to be accredited by the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians. Asmus is Adjunct Professor of Harp at Dickinson, Gettysburg, and Messiah colleges. She performs as soloist, chamber, and ensemble musician with many organizations in central Pennsylvania. Her work as solo accompanist for the Rooke Chapel Choir of Bucknell University has resulted in two recordings and five PBS broadcasts, one of which was nominated for an Emmy. Asmus arranges music for solo harp and harp and flute. Her two volumes of Christmas Carols have been accepted for publication by Afgan Press.
David Cover, Organ
David Cover graduated from Bucknell University in 1984 with a B.A. in Music and Chemistry. He went on to study at Peabody Conservatory and graduated with a M.M. in piano performance in 1986. In 1989 he returned to Bucknell, becoming the organist for the Chapel Choir and Opera Company, as well as the accompanist for the Concert Chorale. Cover also accompanies numerous student recitals, auditions and juries. Additionally, he teaches piano privately and enjoys playing jazz.