The opening program of the 2019 Noon Music in Lent Series at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 33 Chestnut St., will take place Friday, March 8. Following a brief service of noonday prayer, organist Howard Walen, will play an all-Bach program of music on the 50-rank Schantz pipe organ installed in 1992.

After the program in the church, all are invited to a homemade soup, bread and fruit lunch in the Parish Hall.

Walen had been studying piano for five years when he fell in love with a piece the organist played for a postlude. He started lessons with that organist and earned his lesson fees by working after school. By the end of high school, he was able to play a major recital. Walen went on to do his undergraduate work at Bates College; taught math and music; and earned his Master's at Northeastern. A career as school administrator was followed by years as church organist in Congregational, Methodist and Episcopal churches.

The free-will offering received will be given to the Camden Area Christian Food Pantry. All are welcome.  All areas of the church are accessible through the Wood Street entrance.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.