The opening program of the Noon Music in Lent Series at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 33 Chestnut St., Friday, Feb. 19. Kristi Mann, violoncello, and Jane Schroeder, piano, will present a program of two pieces by American composer Ned Rorem; one piece by James MacMillan, the Scottish composer; and Sonata II in D Major by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Following the half-hour program in the sanctuary, all are invited to a homemade soup, bread and fruit lunch in the Sun Room.

Mann has been playing cello since grade school. She played with the Apollo Strings and the Fargo-Moorhead Area Youth Symphony. During college, she played with the Concordia Orchestra and Fargo-Moorhead Symphony. Since moving to the Midcoast, she has played with the Odeon Orchestra and recently joined the Augusta Symphony Orchestra and the Androscoggin Valley Community Orchestra. She lives in Rockport and is a member of St. Thomas, where she frequently plays for Taize services and Sunday morning worship.

Schroeder earned her bachelor’s degree in music at the College of New Jersey; spent her junior year in college as an exchange student at the University of Frankfurt, Germany; participated in the Organ Seminar in Haarlem, The Netherlands; and earned her master’s degree of sacred music at the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she studied with Vernon deTar. She has served parishes in New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

“In 1972 I came to Maine for the first time when I camped with friends at Baxter and Acadia. I fell in love with Maine and knew that I wanted to live here someday. I did not know it would take until 2005 to get here; but now that I’m here, I’m home,” she said.

The free-will offering received will be given to the people of Haiti, through the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund.

All are welcome, and all areas of the church are accessible via the Wood Street entrance.

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