The Williamsport Music Club will explore the ways music makes connections to religion at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the YWCA, 815 W. Fourth St.
The program chairwoman, Kristin Ivers, has planned for a wide variety of musical styles focusing on religion, from plainchant to contemporary, featuring composers such as Isaac Watts, Gounod, Bach, Mendelssohn, Shelley, Talley, Lister and Hayes.
Robert Hacker will sing the plainchant "Of the Father's Love Begotten," followed by violinist Leah Nason performing Gounod's "Ave Maria," accompanied by pianist Kristin Ivers, who will then sing "Mein Jesus will es tun (My Jesus will do it)" from the cantata "Alles nur nach Gottes Willen (Everything following God's will alone)" accompanied by pianist Dianne Peeling.
The a capella trio "Lift Thine Eyes" from the oratorio "Elijah," will be presented by sopranos Shirley Knade and Kay Huffman and alto Kathleen Van Valin. Sopranos Joanne Kiehl and Leatha Kieser will sing "The King of Love My Shepherd Is," accompanied by Kristin Ivers.
Readings of stories behind the hymns "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" and "Amazing Grace" will preced singing by the audience.
A trio including soprano Bonnie Horn, mezzo Lucy Henry and alto Kristin Ivers will perform the contemporary "My Redeemer," followed by a ladies ensemble including Barby Smith, Betsy Belcher, Doris Teufel, Lucy Henry and Kristin Ivers, singing "When They Call My Name," accompanied by Tom Wetzel, pianist.
An arrangment of "Doxology" will conclude the program, played by pianist Kristin Ivers. The song of the month is "Oh God, Our Help in Ages Past," presented by Kathleen Van Valin and Lee Waltz. Hostesses are Frances Herz and Maxine Lloyd.
The program is free and open to the public.