"It is my desire to share my love of music with others," said James Alfieri, newly appointed director of music and worship arts at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 85 E. Brandt Blvd., Landisville. As such, Alfieri has created ZION Musik, a concert series that will kick off on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m. with a performance by the Pennsylvania Flute Choir.
"The goal and aim of the concert series stems from Martin Luther's quote: 'Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise,'" Alfieri said, adding that "musik" is the German word for "music" and was used in the name of the series to reflect Luther's German origins. "I feel that a concert series such as ZION Musik is a perfect way to complement the church's music program, provide a community outreach, and present a wide variety of outstanding quality music to the Lancaster area," he stated.
Alfieri also noted that he wants to promote and highlight the talents of outstanding local musicians and inspire aspiring instrumentalists. He is excited about welcoming the Pennsylvania Flute Choir to Zion. "I can imagine the lofty sounds of the flutes soaring to the heavens in the marvelous acoustics of our sanctuary," Alfieri remarked. "I also hope those in attendance will learn something new about this unique instrument."
As its name suggests, the Pennsylvania Flute Choir is dedicated to the promotion and performance of the flute in all its ranges and iterations. It is an auditioned community group that was formed as a one-time recital group in 2002 by flutist Georgia Dimaano. The choir has since grown to be an active, professional ensemble with more than 20 members who hail from southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The group performs throughout the tri-state region and has appeared at regional flute fairs, society events, and conventions.
The Pennsylvania Flute Choir has a wide variety of repertoire, including classical, jazz, sacred, and contemporary selections. Although Alfieri could not say what the Feb. 24 concert will include, past performances have featured Mozart's Divertimento in D Major (K. 136), "By Kells Waters," "Dizzy Fingers," "Salvation Is Created," and "St Paul's Suite."
All ZION Musik concerts will be open to the public free of charge. The program is supported by sponsorships and freewill offerings.
"It is my hope that those in attendance will be blessed, uplifted, inspired, and encouraged by the music," Alfieri commented. "These concerts will provide a time for the listeners to escape from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives and come away feeling refreshed and renewed."