Rick Hoffenberg and Mark Laubach Present Duo Recital

Published on Thu, October 07, 2010

The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance presents Duo Recital by Rick Hoffenberg, piano, and Mark Laubach, organ. The recital will include Marcel Dupre, Ballade for organ and piano, Op. 30; Igor Stravinsky, Firebird Suite, transcribed for organ and piano; solo organ and piano music by Johannes Brahms, William Bolcom, and Nikolai Kapustin. The events are free and open to the public.

Dates of Duo Recital:

Friday, October 22

7:30 p.m.

Marywood University

Marian Chapel at Swartz Center

Scranton, PA


Sunday, November 7

4 p.m.

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

Wilkes-Barre, PA


Friday, November 19

7:30 p.m.

St. John's Lutheran Church

Allentown, PA


About the performers:

Since 2007, Rick Hoffenberg has been Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Music at Marywood University, where he is also a member of the piano faculty. Prior to this appointment, he held choral directorships at the University of Northern Iowa and Williams College in Massachusetts.  In 2005, he completed his doctoral residency at Yale University, where he served as Principal Assistant Conductor of Yale Camerata and Assistant Conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum. Dr. Hoffenberg has spent the past eleven summers at Chautauqua Opera, where he is a pianist and conductor on the music staff.  He has also worked in various capacities for New York City Opera, BMG Classics, Columbia Artists Management, the Milken Archive, and Spoleto Festival USA.  As a pianist, he has performed at Orchestra Hall in Chicago, the Music Institute of Chicago, and Rockefeller Chapel in New York City, as well as Richardson Auditorium, Taplin Auditorium, and Bristol Chapel, all in Princeton, New Jersey. He was the state winner, regional winner, and national finalist in the 1994 Wurlitzer Piano Competition. Dr. Hoffenberg holds degrees from Princeton University, Yale University, and Westminster Choir College of Rider University.

Since January 1986, Mark Laubach has served as Organist and Choirmaster of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre, where he administers an active liturgical and choral music program, concert series, and Music from St. Stephen's, a radio broadcast heard weekly on WVIA 89.9 FM Public Radio. In 2008, Bishop Paul Marshall made Mark Honorary Canon Precentor of the Diocese in recognition of his accomplishments and contributions to the musical and liturgical life of the Diocese of Bethlehem. Mark received a Bachelor's Degree in Church Music from Westminster Choir College, a Master's Degree in Organ Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, and served for one year as Fellow in Church Music at Washington National Cathedral. His organ teachers have included Clinton Miller, George Markey, Donald McDonald, and David Craighead. Since winning first prize in the 1984 American Guild of Organists (AGO) National Competition, Mark has performed in many of the most prominent churches and concert halls in the USA, and in Great Britain and Germany. Notable UK recitals have included appearances at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral in London, King's College Chapel in Cambridge, and cathedrals in Bristol, Chichester, Gloucester, Lincoln, Norwich, and Wells. He is a frequent recitalist, clinician, and competition adjudicator for national and regional conventions of the AGO (American Guild of Organists) and the AAM (Association of Anglican Musicians). He has recorded three critically acclaimed compact discs on the Pro Organo label, Teutonic Titanics, French Fest, and Mosaics in Sound. Mark teaches private organ lessons and students from Marywood University, where he is also accompanist for the University's campus choir and Chamber Singers.