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St. Luke's Singers Ring in Lehigh Valley's Holiday Season
November 08, 2018

It just wouldn’t be Christmas in the Lehigh Valley without the mellifluous voices of the St. Luke’s Singers! So don’t miss this chance to hear them…

All are invited to the Singers’ annual Christmas concert – a proud Lehigh Valley tradition – on Sunday, November 25, at Wesley Methodist Church (2540 Center Street in Bethlehem).  Preludes begin at 2:45 p.m. and the concert begins at 3 p.m.

A beloved Lehigh Valley institution, the St. Luke’s Singers is a renowned hospital-based choir that performs on behalf of St. Luke’s University Health Network, the Lehigh Valley’s biggest health care provider – and the region's oldest, founded in Bethlehem, the Christmas City, to care for steel workers in 1872. Through the Singers, listeners gain an appreciation of St. Luke’s long and storied history and the Network’s deep roots in the community.

The Singers dulcet tones warm the cockles of our hearts and raise funds for various St. Luke’s community programs. Since 1991, the Singers have collected more than a quarter-million dollars for a multitude of altruistic endeavors!

On the 25th, the Singers will perform familiar Christmas carols in new arrangements.  “Sing, Sing Noel!” is based on a traditional French carol in a new setting by Mark Burrows.  The choir is preparing “Carols Around” by Pennsylvania resident, Carl Nygard.  Dave Heine will be featured on piccolo and flute on John Rutter’s “Shepherd’s Pipe Carol.” 

The second half of the concert features more contemporary holiday classics such as “Winter Wonderland,” “Santa Baby” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

Accompanying the choir will be renowned pianist and organist Brian Snyder as well as Dave Heine (flute/sax), John C. Gackenbach (percussion) and Tom Mondschein (guitar and bass).  The St. Luke’s Festival Trombone Quartet (Jarred Antonacci, Sam Gellerstein, Chris Mele and Nick Lombardelli) will be providing selections.

This year the choir benefits the Cancer Compassion Fund.  Please help us contribute to such a worthy cause.  Tickets are $12 and are available at the Gift Shops at St. Luke’s Allentown, Anderson, Bethlehem and Warren Campuses or by calling (610) 759-6325.


About St. Luke’s

Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of more than 14,000 employees providing services at 10 hospitals and more than 300 outpatient sites.  With annual net revenue greater than $2 billion, the Network’s service area includes 10 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe and Schuylkill counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey.  Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is the preeminent teaching hospital in central-eastern Pennsylvania.  In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the region’s first and only regional medical school campus.  It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 28 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 226 residents and fellows.  St. Luke’s is the only health care system in central-eastern Pennsylvania to earn Medicare’s five-star rating (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction.  St. Luke’s has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health (formerly Truven Health Analytics) repeatedly – six times total and four years in a row including 2018.  It has also been cited by IBM Watson Health as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Program.  Utilizing the EPIC electronic medical record (EMR) system for both inpatient and outpatient services, the Network is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of the SLUHN’s information technology applications such as telehealth, online scheduling and online pricing information.  St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.