Still looking for something to do and someway to spend this beautiful final weekend in September?
Noon to five on Sunday arts studios and galleries in downtown Allentown near the Allentown Art Museum are open for the Allentown Art Squawk, which also features the Street Theater Alliance with a perfomance on Hamilton Street, and an organ concert with music inspired by bird song at St John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at 3 p.m. at Hamilton and Fifth Street.
St. John’s Juilliard-trained, acclaimed organist, Stephen Williams, will offer a brief organ concert starting at 3 p.m., The organ concert, inspired by the theme of the Art Squawk, “Wildlife,” will include Stephen’s expert performing of Messiaen’s Chants d’Oiseaux (Song of the Birds) and Liszt’s “St. Francis Preaching to the Birds.” Both pieces use the pipe organ to simulate wildbird calls. The pipe organ at St. John’s is one of the finest instruments of its type in the Northeastern U.S. and a treasure of the arts in Allentown.
Following the concert, docents will provide tours of the magnificent art collection at St. John’s including the stained glass windows, the statue of the eremite in the baptistry (once owned by the Czar of Russia) and an Italian Renaissance painting of “Madonna and Child,” once part of the collection of the Allentown Art Museum.
Please come for these events and stay for the reception and fellowship over Legendary Baked Goodies, to be lovingly provided by two church members.
And as long as you are in Allentown, head over to the Arts Park at Fifth and Linden Streets for their Community Arts Park Festival to enjoy music, food, crafts, and family activities from 1 – 6 p.m.
Performances include Dave Fry at noon, Doctors of Rock at 1:25 p.m., ASD Junior String Ensemble at 2:20, Allen High Double String Quartet at 2:40, and James Supra Blues Band at 3:30 p.m.