Arts at First Presbyterian Church Clarks Summit

The Arts at First Presbyterian Concert Series began in 2001 as an opportunity for church members to invite their friends and neighbors to quality artistic events. Over the years the series has featured professional choirs such as the Lyric Consort and Robert Dale Chorale, Simple Gifts folk duo, violinist Sophie Till, pianist Ron Stabinsky, Mock Turtle Marionette Theater, Presbybop Jazz Quartet, organist Mark Laubach, and many others.

All concerts are held at First Presbyterian Church, 300 School Street, Clarks Summit.  Concerts are open to the public and are free of charge, but a free-will offering is taken to help defray the costs of the event.

2020 - 2021 Arts at First Presbyterian concert series


Simple Gifts

Duo-374x500Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts took the stage on Friday, April 16 at 7 pm. Simple Gifts presents a wide variety of ethnic folk music, including everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer freilachs, haunting Gypsy melodies, and exotic Balkan dance tunes.


Throughout their performances, they put their own distinctive stamp on traditional tunes, blending styles from diverse cultures with their American roots.


In case you missed it, this program will be streamed on April 18 at 4:00 pm.


The 2020-2021 Arts Series calendar (live/streaming):

  • Friday, September 25, 7:00 pm / Sunday, September 27, 4:00 pm -  Organ recital with Tyler A. Canonico (view the program) (view the concert)
  • Sunday, November 22, 4:00 pm (Streaming only) - All Church recital featuring muscians and friends from the First Presbyterian Church. (view the program) (view the concert)
  • Sunday, December 6, 4:00 pm - The Presbybop Quartet celebrates Dave Brubeck's 100th birthday with a jazz concert*. In person and live-streaming. (View the event)
  • Sunday, December 20, 4:00 pm - Three Divas (view the program) (View the concert)
  • Sunday, February 14, 4:00 pm - Valentines from Vienna: An Afternoon of Chamber Music. Katie Morell, Rick Hoffenberg, and Christiane Appenheimer-Vaida play Beethoven.* (View the program) (View the concert)
  • Sunday, March 21, 4:00 pm - Blue Notes in Lent* - (View the concert)
  • Friday, April 16, 7:00 pm / Sunday, April 18, 4:00 pm - Simple Gifts folk duo (View the program)
  • Friday, May 14, 2021 7:00 pm / May 16, 2021 4:00 pm - Susquehanna Valley Brass

Past concerts are available on the Arts Series YouTube channel.


The series is supported in part by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts , a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and administered by NEIU-19, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The season is also generously supported by a Lackawanna County Community Arts and Culture Grant a programs of Lackawanna County Commissioners Jerry Notarianni, Debbie Domenick, Esq., and Chris Chermak; the members and staff  of the First Presbyterian Church; and by individual contributions. 


* Supported by a COVID-19 Creative Community Grant, a program of Lackawanna County with additional support from Presbybop.



We thank them for their support. 


There is no admission charge for these events, but free-will offerings are generally taken. For more information, call the church office at 570-586-6306.




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