A series of Noonday Recitals is held in the spring and fall of each year. Mainly presented in the Hintz Room, the concerts are held on Wednesdays from 12:05 – 12:30 p.m. and feature a wide variety of musicians and musical styles. All of our recital programs are recorded for broadcast locally in the Reading area and published on our website and YouTube channel. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified when we have new programs available.
2018 Fall Noonday Recital Series
October 24 – Jill Haley, oboe
Jill Haley is an oboist/pianist who composes instrumental music about our National Parks. She often spends an extended amount of time living in a National Park as an Artist in Residence. While she is there, she composes music inspired by the surroundings, performs the new music in the Park, and then releases this music as a new recording. She has been an Artist in Residence at Mesa Verde, Badlands, Glacier, and Wrangell/St. Elias National Parks. She has just been invited to spend September 2019 at Aztec Ruins National Monument in New Mexico.
She will be performing several new pieces from her latest release, “The Waters of Glacier,” with Karen Eddinger on the piano. Large photos will also be displayed so the listener has a visual image of what inspired the music.
“As refreshing and renewing as the waters that inspired them, Jill Haley’s latest music, “The Waters of the Glacier”, offers a beautiful, energizing, powerful, expressive, relaxing and immersive experience for those who take the journey with Haley. Wow!” – Dave Kline: Reading Eagle Newspaper, WEEU Radio & The Mountain Folk Radio & Web Show
October 31 – The Snack Club
The Snack Club is based on fun, function and flexibility. The fun comes from their musical arrangements, all done with style and a dash of humor. The function comes from their ability to prepare music for almost any situation. And the flexibility comes from their instrumentation – from duo to trio to quartet and beyond, the Snack Club is built to fit the needs of its public.
The “founding fathers” of this group are Mike Eben and Ken Kemmerer, two retired music teachers (Ken recently so) who share a love of music and food (especially snacks!). All styles and eras of music are fair game for the Snack Club. From cherished hymn tunes to the Great American Songbook to classic rock and pop tunes, the Snack Club serves up a cornucopia of musical pleasantries to set toes tapping and heads nodding in time.
With Mike on saxophone and Ken on tuba, joined by (also recently retired music teacher) Carl Zeplin on guitar, the Snack Club will set the table for a smorgasbord of musical fun!
November 7 – Chad Fothergill, organ
Chad Fothergill holds a University Fellowship at Temple University, Philadelphia, where his dissertation research examines the Lutheran cantorate from the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. He received a master’s degree in organ from the University of Iowa, and previously served on faculties at the University of Delaware, Gustavus Adolphus College, and the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival. He is a frequent contributor—both as writer and composer—to worship planning resources of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and was recently appointed to the advisory council for the Institute of Liturgical Studies.
As organist, he has served congregations throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic in full-time, part-time, interim, and supply capacities. In addition, he has presented solo recitals, lecture-recitals, hymn festivals, workshops, and papers at gatherings of, among others, the American Guild of Organists, ALCM, ELCA, Haydn Society of North America, National Worship Conference of the Evangelical Lutheran and Anglican Churches of Canada, North American Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, and Society for Christian Scholarship in Music.
November 14 – Cocalico High School Choralaires, Kristen Diehl, director
The Cocalico High School Choralaires are an auditioned choir from Denver, PA. This ensemble is under the direction of Miss Kristen E. Diehl. Choralaires has thirty-two dedicated and musical students from grades nine through twelve who enjoy pursuing challenging music from many different cultures and eras. They have performed in many locations throughout Berks and Lancaster counties over the past decade and consistently receive high honors at local choral adjudications. Most recently, they performed in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg in celebration of Music in Our Schools Month. The Choralaires members look forward to sharing their performance with you!